Bears Swimming Earns CSCAA Scholar All-America Team Honors
The Bears earned College Swimming Coaches of America Scholar All-America Team honors Thursday.
The Bears earned College Swimming Coaches of America Scholar All-America Team honors Thursday.

July 10, 2014

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The Missouri State men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams have been named College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Teams for the spring semester, the organization announced on Thursday.

The Bears are part of a group of 71 men’s teams and 150 women’s teams in NCAA Division I to receive the honor.

The men’s team, with a grade-point average of 3.45, finished third overall on the list, behind just Yale (3.50) and Stanford (3.48). The women’s team finished the semester with a 3.32 GPA.

“I am very proud of both of our programs for continuing the tradition of excellence in the classroom,” said Missouri State head coach Dave Collins. “Academic success will always be a cornerstone for our programs.”

The CSCAA Team Scholar All-American Award is presented to college and university swimming & diving teams, which 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 & Diving Championships.

“I am especially pleased with the men’s team for finishing third in the nation,” Collins said. “This honor puts the exclamation point on what has been one of the most successful years in program history. It starts by recruiting great student-athletes from all over the world who have academic goals, then placing them in an environment that will promote excellence.



“I also want to thank everyone involved, from President [Clifton M.] Smart to all the faculty that help mentor our student-athletes to be successful in every aspect of life at Missouri State.”

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 & diving at the collegiate level.

The MSU swimming & diving teams swept conference championships in 2014 for the first time since 2008. The women’s team won its seventh consecutive Missouri Valley Conference crown on Feb. 15 in Carbondale, Ill., and the men’s team followed by winning its first-ever MAC crown on March 8 in Buffalo, N.Y.

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