Women's Swimming Earns National Academic Honors

Several individual academic achievements pay off for women's squad.

The Lafayette women's swimming and diving program recently earned its 14th academic honor from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.

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Aug. 24, 2001

EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - The Lafayette women's swimming and diving team earned the program's 14th national academic award from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). The Leopards qualified as a CSCAA Academic All-American Swimming Team for the spring semester of 2001 after achieving a team overall GPA of 3.13, earning the associations `excellent' commendation.

"Our team is very dedicated in both the classroom and the pool," said eighth-year head coach Jim Dailey. "Their effort and hard work has shown in several individual achievements as well as the CSCAA award."

Individual achievements contributing to the team's award include 10 members being named to the 2001 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. Honorees included Carrie Abildgaard, Kate Dickie, Elisabeth Edwards, Alison Hindenlang, Claire Kesicke, Lisa Loray, Ellen Rogers, Meredith Smith, Elizabeth Tutschek and Christine Williams.

Additionally, Luth was awarded the Class of 1910 Prize for her achievements in the department of History while holding the highest GPA among her teammates with a 3.85 overall mark. Rogers was awarded the T.Gordon Yates '29 Award for Swimming which is awarded annually to the student-athlete who has shown great improvement in swimming and academics.

To qualify for the CSCAA 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.