The Tulane swimming and diving program claimed Scholar All-American status from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America after posting a cumulative GPA of 3.520 during the 2012 spring semester.
Aug. 1, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - While the Green Wave have not taken the pool since March and the 2012-13 season is still more than two months away, the Tulane University women's swimming and diving program still is making headlines as the team claimed Scholar All-American status as announced by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America on Wednesday.
Honoring teams with cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or higher, the CSCAA added Tulane to its list of spring Scholar All-America teams after the Green Wave posted a cumulative GPA of 3.520 last semester, which ranks tied for 13th among the teams being recognized. It marks the second time during the 2011-12 academic year that Tulane earned the distinction from the CSCAA as the Wave had a 3.418 GPA in the fall to post a mark of 3.467 for the season.
"It has long been our goal in recruiting to sign student-athletes who live up to both halves of that title - to not only perform well in their respective events but in the classroom as well," Tulane head coach Lena Guarriello said. "These young ladies have done a tremendous job in both aspects last year and I look forward to continued success athletically and academically during the upcoming season and beyond."
In addition, 13 others tallied GPAs of 3.5 or better: Emily Needham t 3.934, Gisele Calderon at 3.868, Morgan Evans at 3.834, Lauren Pfohl at 3.800, Kristine Gu at 3.761, Grace Tarka at 3.685, Elizabeth Whitaker at 3.668, Hagar Elgendy at 3.667, Cari Caprio at 3.666, Rebekah Harris at 3.602, Shelby Kiser at 3.534, Kayla Alf-Huynh at 3.532 and Erin Cunningham at 3.500.
Calderon, Evans and Schelske each earned Conference USA Academic Medal winners for posting cumulative GPAs of 3.75 or better in 2012. The trio, along with Alf-Huynh, Caprio, Cunningham, Evans, Gu, Harris, Pfohl, Tarka, Jillian Daleiden, Rebecca Dugan, Sadie Eicher, Allie Evans, Shelby Kiser, Rachel Ranson, Laura Turpen and the Needham sisters were named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll for holding GPAs of 3.0 or better.
Tulane is the lone team from Louisiana to claim a spot on the CSCAA Scholar All-American listings and is one of three from Conference USA, joining East Carolina (3.58) and Rice (3.39).