NORFOLK, Va. – For a sixth semester in a row, the Emory & Henry College Women's Swimming Team has earned academic honors from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. As a team, the Wasps have been named Scholar All-America while one swimmer garnered Scholar All-America accolades.
"We are extremely proud of the academic achievement these young ladies have achieved," said Head Women's Swimming Coach Dave Griffore. "It shows you can be successful in both the classroom and in the pool."
E&H boasted the 41st-best GPA among all NCAA Division III women's swimming programs with a 3.50 cumulative grade point average. The mark was the second-best of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference as Sweet Briar College (3.61), Washington and Lee University (3.33), Hollins University (3.21) and Randolph-Macon College (3.16) were also honored.
The Team Scholar All-America award is presented to college and university swimming & diving teams, which have achieved a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The award is presented twice annually, once in the fall semester and once in the spring semester. The CSCAA honors teams from each of the NCAA's three divisions, NAIA and NJCAA. For the spring semester, 162 different NCAA Division III women's programs achieved the Scholar All-America standard.
Individually, sophomore Michaela Nolte (Hillsborough, N.C.) was chosen as a Scholar All-America to go along with ODAC Women's Swimmer of the Year, All-ODAC First Team and individual ODAC Championships in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard breaststroke.
The Scholar All-America Award is presented to those who achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the semester, or cumulative average, and competed at their respective national championship meet. Nolte competed at the 2016 NCAA Division III Championships in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard and 200-yard breaststrokes.
Nolte was one of three ODAC swimmers to be named Scholar All-America and one of 145 nationally. There were 95 swimmers tabbed as Honorable Mention Scholar All-America for a total of 240 different honorees from 69 institutions.
For a complete listing of the spring 2016 CSCAA Team Scholar All-America Team honorees from NCAA Division III, click HERE. The individual 2016 CSCAA Scholar All-America Team can be found by clicking HERE.
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