'Jacks Among the Nation's Elite, Posts Seventh Best Spring GPA

'Jacks Among the Nation's Elite, Posts Seventh Best Spring GPA

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team capped off an outstanding 2013-14 academic year with a stellar spring semester in the classroom. Announced on Thursday, the Lumberjacks were named a Scholar All-American Team by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) as they finished with a 3.58 spring team GPA, placing them in a tie for seventh among the country's swimming & diving squads.

"We're so proud of the girls," said head coach Andy Johns. "We place an emphasis on getting better in the pool and in the classroom and they do a great job with their studies. What is more impressive is that our cumulative GPA is even higher at 3.61. They're graduating and going on to do great things. They continue to perform in the classroom and it makes our job easier."

The 2014 Western Athletic Conference champions are squarely among the nation's finest in the classroom as they own a cumulative GPA of 3.61. Eight of NAU's student-athletes recorded perfect 4.00 GPAs during the spring 2014 semester and in all 18 student-athletes recorded a semester grade point average of at least 3.50. The Lumberjacks posted the highest GPA in the WAC.

All nine of the team's seniors completed their degrees from Northern Arizona University and participated in the university's commencement ceremonies in May.

The CSCAA Team Scholar All-American award is presented to teams who achieve a team GPA of at least 3.00.