SAINT LEO, Fla. – For the sixth consecutive semester under the instruction of head coach Paul Mangen, the Saint Leo women's swimming program has produced a College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Team Scholar All-America Award, it was announced Wednesday.
Sporting a collective grade-point-average of 3.46, the Lions were ranked fourth in the final standings, their highest finish in team history. The College of Saint Rose (3.62) took home the top cumulative grade-point-average, while Saint Leo proved to be the top academic squad in the Sunshine State Conference.
"I am very proud of our women's team for earning such high academic marks while balancing the demands of collegiate athletics," said Mangen. "They are an intelligent group of young ladies, and it says a lot about their commitment to excellence and show the ability to provide such a great example of what Saint Leo student-athletes are about."
The Team Scholar All-American award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams, who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The award is presented to teams achieving this standard in the fall semester and in the semester of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
"We used a more integrated and hands on approach to academic monitors verses merely coming up with generic study hall times," Mangen continued. "We will continue to use the same accountability system that we employ with the athletic piece that involves the coaches, captains, and each other. We try to showcase the importance of both academics and athletics, and to be fourth in NCAA nationally shows our overall success to blend the learning's of both disciplines."
The Lions will open their season with a home dual meet against Florida Tech and Lynn on Saturday, October 13.
View the complete list of All-Scholar teams here.
For more on the swimming program, visit SaintLeoLions.com.