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Lafayette Swimming Teams Honored for Academics

Aug. 14, 2002

EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - The College Swimming Coaches Association of America has announced that the Lafayette men's and women's swimming teams have achieved the honor of CSCAA Academic All-America Swimming Team for the 2002 spring semester. To qualify for this honor, the grade point average of the entire swimming and diving squad, including all team members on the eligibility list, must average at least 2.8 on a 4.0 scale.

The award is another in a long line for head coach Jim Dailey's squads. The women's team has been named as Academic All-Americans in 17 of 18 semesters, while the men's squad has earned the honor 11 of 18 semesters.

"I'm proud of our men's and women's swimming and diving teams for their excellence in the classroom," said Dailey. "The student-athletes at Lafayette have always exhibited a commitment to the academics and athletics. This shows that they can excel in both at the same time."

The men's swimming team finished 3-5 in dual meets this season and eight Leopards qualified for the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships. In addition, Jakub Pritz set a new school record in the 50 free and Steve Berkowitz established a new 400 IM mark.

On the women's side, the Leopards finished 5-3 last season and have several swimmers who hold school records. Erika Hoke (200 IM), Alana Anzalone (1-meter diving) and Crissy MacDonald (3-meter diving) are the current Leopards in the record books.

The Leopards open their season at the American University Relays in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 18.