Press Release for Thursday, July 16, 2009

Swimming and Diving team Awarded Scholar All-American Team Honors

University of North Florida’s swimming and diving team was recently recognized for their efforts in the classroom, earning College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-American Team honors for the spring 2009 semester.

UNF’s achievement of receiving an award like this demands hours of preparation and training, both in the classroom and in the pool.

“We are very proud of our team’s performance in and out of the pool,” said Head Swimming Coach Beth Harrell. “Our athlete’s times in the water are dropping and our team’s GPA keeps rising. I think some where in the middle we have found that balance between athletics and academics that is so important. Thanks to the great support we receive from our academic and athletic administrators and the positive attitude of our team we were able to achieve the goals we set for this past season.”

The CSCAA selects and honors teams as Scholar All-American Teams twice a year, once after the fall and spring semesters. To earn this academic honor, a swimming team must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of a 3.0 or higher (or converted on a 4.0 scale) for the semester.

As a team the Ospreys excelled in the water and in the books, improving their 3.09 team GPA from last season to an outstanding 3.28 team GPA. This impressive feat ranked 56th out of the 238 Division I women’s swim team programs in the country. In addition, UNF recorded a higher GPA than Miami University and Florida State.

On top of the Division I list of Scholar All-Americans was Rice University with an overall team GPA of 3.62.

The CSCAA is made up of more than 2,000 swimming and diving coaches driven to help advance the sport of swimming at the collegiate level.

Coach Harrell, along with Head Diving Coach Melisa Hyams, produced a dual meet record of 6-2 and finished fifth in the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Championships in 2008. Last season the Ospreys broke 12 school records at the CCSA Championships.