July 14, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. –
After turning in the highest team grade point average in the nation this fall, the Alabama women’s swimming and diving team was third during the spring semester with a 3.65 while the Crimson Tide checked in at No. 25 on the men’s list the College Swimming Coaches Association of America announced this week.
“Our mission here at Alabama is to build a culture of excellence that will enable each of our athletes to achieve his or her full potential in the pool, in the classroom and in life; so we are very pleased that our academic accomplishments paralleled the progress we made in the pool this year,” UA head coach Dennis Pursley said.
Both the Tide men and women earned the CSCAA Team Scholar All America Award for the spring semester. Alabama was the only Southeastern Conference school ranked in the top 50 on the men’s side of the slate, while Alabama and Kentucky were the only two SEC programs ranked among the top-10 on the women’s side.
Alabama was the only program in the nation to have both its men’s and women’s teams score at the NCAA Division I Championships and finish in the top-25 by team GPA.
The Alabama men, who were 12th at the 2014 NCAA Championships and 25th by team grade point average, were one of just four teams that finished in the top-25 both in the pool and in the classroom. The Tide was joined in this category by Stanford, Duke and Michigan.