LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) selected 997 Swimming & Diving Scholar All-Americans for the 2016-17 year and nine Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference student-athletes were recognized. Full Release
Trinity University led the way with three females and two males earning recognition, followed by Colorado College with three women. Southwestern University placed one male on the Scholar All-America team.
Trinity's Lindsay Hagmann, Sarah Kate Mrkonich, Mollie Patzke and Jacob Hurrell-Zitelman earned first-team recognition, while Isaac Johnson was an honorable mention selection.
All three student-athletes from Colorado College, Mary Rose Donahue, Ellen Silk and Riley Wadehra, were honorable mention choices, as was Southwestern's Matthew Sluss.
To be selected to the CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, swimmers and divers must have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and have participated in their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Honorable Mention selections have similarly achieved a GPA of 3.50 and achieved a "B" time standard or competed at their respective diving qualifying meets.
The selections were drawn from 273 colleges and universities across all Divisions. “Between the athletic and academic components required to receive the award, these really are some of the best of the best,” CSCAA Executive Director Joel Shinofield explained. “It really shows that excellence in the classroom and the pool can be achieved at any program – not just pockets here or there.”