FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Champions in and out of the pool yet again, the Northern Arizona swimming & diving team picked up another Scholar All-America team award from the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) on Wednesday. Bestowed on teams with a grade point average of at least 3.00, the Lumberjacks received the award for their exceptional performance in the classroom during the spring semester with a team GPA of 3.44.
"They work hard in the pool and in the classroom," said head coach Andy Johns. "It's a point of pride for us as a program. We're really proud of their efforts and their results and it's an important part of our program that we emphasize."
While NAU was in the stretch run of its season culminating in a third consecutive Western Athletic Conference championship in record fashion, the 'Jacks were equally working hard towards another stellar academic semester. NAU's 3.44 team GPA bested both of its in-state Pac-12 counterparts in Arizona (3.43) and Arizona State (3.29).
Of the 28 student-athletes, 25 recorded a GPA during the recently completed semester of at least 3.00 and 18 in total were above a 3.50. An incredible nine student-athletes posted a flawless 4.00 grade point average in the spring semester.
The team's cumulative grade point average currently stands at 3.54, extending their streak of at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA since spring 2006. In all, 20 of 28 Lumberjacks on the roster hold a 3.50 cumulative GPA or better.
The program also graduated eight seniors with all of eight of them – Brooke Brittain, Kendall Brown, Trinity Frazee, Chelsea Jackson, Eva Pold, Monica Pruett, Cassie Ronai and Carlye Townsend – graduating with at least a 3.00. Six of the Lumberjack graduates finished their academic careers with cumulative grade point averages of 3.50 or higher.