Academic excellence leads to CSCAA Scholar All-America team recognition for CMS

2016-17 SCIAC Champions
2016-17 SCIAC Champions

NORFOLK, Va. – Head coach Charlie Griffiths and the student-athletes on the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps swimming & diving teams strive for success in the classroom every bit as much as they do in the pool. This year the Athenas and Stags were once again recognized as Scholar All-America teams by the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). The award announced on June 21 honors teams that achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the Spring 2017 semester. 

"We're proud to be recognized by the CSCAA for CMS' achievements in the classroom and in the pool," Griffiths said. "Everything we do as a team is based on the understanding that academic success is our top priority. Honors like these show that CMS student-athletes excel in many arenas at once."

The Athenas had a cumulative team GPA of 3.43 and were one of 173 Division III squads to qualify. The Stags posted a 3.35 GPA and were one of 127 D-III squads to earn Scholar All-America team status.

 "Coach Griffiths produces champions - both in the pool and the classroom every year at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps," CSCAA Executive Director Joel Shinofield said. "We are very fortunate to have programs like Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and people like President Chodosh and Director of Athletics Tumey who support these exceptional student-athletes."

In total, 720 teams from 443 institutions across all levels of college athletics were recognized for academic achievement.

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By Chris Watts
Claremont McKenna College
Public Affairs Office

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