Colorado Springs, Colo. (June 25) - The MIT men's and women's swimming and diving programs received Scholar All-America Team honors for academic excellence during the 2019 spring as semester as the College Swimming Coaches Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) announced their selections on Tuesday morning.
The men's team posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.76 (on a 4.0 scale) this spring which was not only the top mark in all of Division III but was the best for a men's program across Division I, Division II and NAIA institutions. This is the second time in four seasons that the men's swimming and diving program has registered the top GPA in Division III. The MIT men's team was also one of five programs in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) to earn the award this spring.
The women's team posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.70 (on a 4.0 scale) this spring which ranked sixth in Division III. Ahead of the Engineers on the list was Macalester (3.79), St. Catherine's (3.76), Pomona-Pitzer (3.75), Knox (3.73) and Elms (3.72). The MIT women's program was also one of ten teams in the NEWMAC to receive the honor this spring and edged out Smith College (3.67) for the best in the conference.
A record 777 teams, representing 480 institutions have been named to the CSCAA Scholar All-America team for the Spring 2019 Semester as the organization recognizes those teams achieving a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the semester. In Division III alone, 134 men's programs and 185 women's team were named to this year's list of honorees.
The CSCAA plans on releasing individual Scholar All-America award winners next week.