Aug 13, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - While the Green Wave have not taken the pool since March and the 2013-14 season is still over a month 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 Tuesday.
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 3.49 last semester, which ranks tied for 22nd among the teams being recognized.
"I am very proud of our Green Wave women for the dedication and ambition they put towards their education," first-year Tulane head swimming and diving coach Katie Robinson said. "Earning Scholar All-American status doesn't come easy, especially at an academic institution that holds such prestige as Tulane. Our rank as 22nd in the country amongst hundreds of other swimming and diving programs is an outstanding accomplishment and our young ladies should feel very good about their efforts in the classroom. I look forward to fostering a tradition of earning this honor in years to come at Tulane."
In addition, 18 others tallied GPAs of 3.5 or better: Laura Turpen (3.948), Claire Schelske (3.934), Allie Evans (3.929), Kristine Gu (3.929), Emily Needham (3.918), Holly Grender (3.909), Rachel Ranson (3.804), Cari Caprio (3.802), Jillian Daleiden (3.802), Morgan Evans (3.784), Rebekah Harris (3.753), Rachel Schneider (3.732), Roni Meyer (3.721), Kayla Alf-Huynh (3.667), Amy Needham (3.666), Molly Jubas (3.534), Elizabeth Cook (3.519) and Anna Lewis Matson (3.500).
Calderon, Morgan Evans, Grender, the Needham sisters, Schelske and Schneider each earned Conference USA Academic Medal winners for posting cumulative GPAs of 3.75 or better during the 2012-13 academic year. Those seven, along with Alf-Huynh, Ates, Caprio, Cook, Daleiden, Allie Evans, Gu, Harris, Jackson, Jubas, Meyer, Pfohl, Ranson, Schachter, Tarka, Turpen and Whitaker 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 five that competed in Conference USA during the 2012-13 season to earn the academic accolade, joining East Carolina (3.62), Rice (3.58), Houston (3.42), Marshall (3.38) and SMU (3.33). In addition, four teams joining C-USA for the upcoming campaign made the list as well: North Texas (3.62), FIU (3.32), Old Dominion (3.26) and FAU (3.12).