SAINT LEO, Fla. – After a solid season in the pool the Saint Leo University women's swimming team was honored for its academic accolades as they took home a College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Team Scholar All-America award.
A high honor throughout all of the NCAA, the CSCAA presents the Team Scholar All America award to college and university swimming and diving teams who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 of higher. The Lions earned the honor in both the Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 semesters, posting yet one more sweep in the past season.
For the first time, the Lions finished ranked in the top-25 in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America in both the men's and women's national polls and Saint Leo claimed both an individual representative at the NCAA Tournament (Maggie Walker) and an individual champion in the inaugural Sunshine State Conference Swimming Championships (Michael Cozzi, 1,000yd free).
Named to the All-SSC First Team, Walker was the only Lion to represent Saint Leo in the NCAA Swim Championships where she dominated the 50 and 100 yard freestyles and contributed in the 100 yard butterfly and 100 yard backstroke as she set new team marks in each event. Making the biggest strides in the SSC Championships in February, she made her biggest mark in winning the championship in the 100 freestyle, a win that ultimately propelled her to the national competition. She was also named the Sunshine State Conference's Swimmer of the Week on November 1st.
A sport that is a blend of individual accomplishments and team achievements, the two newcomers were not the only ones to set marks in 2010-11. Other accomplishments include:
- Finish Season Nationally ranked, 23rd both sides
- Four CSCAA Academic All-Americans - Derek Maddigan, Michael Cozzi, Antonio Roki, Maggie Walker
- 26 Team Records broken vs. 16 last year
- Record improvement: 2009-2010 Record: 3-8 (SSC 0-6) 2010-2011 Record: 8-1-7(SSC 5-1-6)Head Coach
Paul Mangen will look to continue the upswing in Lions' Swimming both in the pool and academically when his 2011-12 group begins classes at the end of August.