FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas swimming and diving team pulled in a fifth-place national ranking for team grade point average the College Swimming Coaches Association of America announced recently.
The fifth-place finish is the best finish for the Razorbacks since their fourth-place finish in 2008. This year the Razorbacks compiled a 3.58 GPA en route to the top-five finish.
The Razorbacks had a total of 10 student-athletes named to the CSCAA Scholar All-America Team. Chelsea Franklin was named a Scholar All-American, whereas nine other student-athletes were given honorable mention accolades. They include: Julia Kucherich, Liz Braun, Nikki Daniels, Jillienne Schilling, Taylor Temple, Alison Templin, Katie Whitbeck, Susanna White and Kelsea Vance.
Seven of the 10 student-athletes honored are slated to return to the pool next season donning cardinal and white.
“Having the team being honored fifth in the nation academically shows the importance that the team as a whole puts on their academic achievement,” Head Coach Sean Schimmel said. “For the seven who were honored and are returning next season, we will be looking for them to be leaders by example. Everywhere I have been, having academic excellence has been my first priority and I will certainly be pushing that and looking to continue the academic success moving forward.”
Arkansas was one of only two SEC schools to be recognized in the top-25 this year. A total of seven SEC schools were honored after compiling a 3.0 GPA or better.
To be named a Scholar All-American a student-athlete must receive points at the NCAA Championship. Student athletes with a 3.5 or higher grade point average are awarded honorable mention status if they do not receive points in the championships but produce high marks in the classroom. Arkansas’ finishes in the CSCAA Academic Honor Roll 2008-2012 2012: 5th 2011: 28th 2010: 9th 2009: 8th 2008: 4th Arkansas Individual CSCAA Academic All-Scholar Team Chelsea Franklin Julia Kucherich Liz Braun Nikki Daniels Jillienne Schilling Taylor Temple Alison Templin Katie Whitbeck Susanna White Kelsea Vance