In what is becoming a yearly tradition for the University of Evansville women’s swimming and diving team, the squad has excelled in academics and has ranked amongst the top Division I schools in the nation. Today, the team was honored by the College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).
With a GPA of 3.49, the Purple Aces women tied for 21st in the nation. In recognition of their hard work, the squad was honored with CSCAA Team Scholar All America Award.
The Team Scholar All American Award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams, who have achieved a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The award is presented twice annually, once in the fall semester and again in the spring to recognize teams achieving a 3.0 in the semester coinciding with the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA/CCCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
"I am very proud of this team and how they compete not only in the pool but the classroom each and every day,” head coach Rickey Perkins said. Perkins’ motivation to his student-athletes has helped his teams rank in the top 30 in the nation as a team every year.
Evansville’s men finished just under the 3.0 needed to receive the award as they wrapped up the season with a 2.98. Despite the solid GPA, Perkins and his team expect more in the future.
"We are disappointed that the men did not make the list,” Perkins added. “Our main focus next season will be improve our performance in the classroom and return to the top of the rankings."
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America is the oldest professional organization of college coaches in America. The CSCAA is dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming and diving at the collegiate level.