Bears Earn CSCAA Scholar All-America Team Honors; Men Rank Top 25 Nationally


Feb. 25, 2013

The Missouri State swimming & diving program has proved it can continually excel in the pool and the classroom as both squads were named College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) All-Academic teams for the 2012 fall semester.

“As always, we are honored to have the men’s and women’s programs recognized on the list of All-Academic teams,” head coach Dave Collins said. “It has always been our goal to create an environment that allows our student-athletes to grow and be successful in academics as well as athletics. This recognition is a result of the hard work of our student-athletes, support staff, coaches and administrators.”

Headlining Missouri State’s fall semester was the men’s swimming & diving team, which posted a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25. Of the 65 NCAA Division I men’s programs that achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher, the Bears were ranked 18th nationally. To put it into perspective, the top-five team GPAs on the men’s side included Yale (3.57), Harvard (3.48), Dartmouth (3.38), Xavier (3.38) and Denver (3.36). Joining the Missouri State men in the top 25 were MAC members Southern Illinois (8th), Miami (Ohio) (9th), Evansville (17th) and Eastern Michigan (23rd).

“For the men to be ranked in the top 20 is a plus,” Collins added. “It never gets old seeing the Bears being recognized on a national level.”

In all, 191 Division I women’s programs posted a 3.0 or higher and Missouri State’s 3.22 cumulative GPA landed the Bears in a seven-way tie for 112th in the country.

In addition to the All-Academic Team awards, the CSCAA annually recognizes All-American swimmers and diver at the National Championships.

To view the complete CSCAA Scholar All-America listings, click here.



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