Lobo Swimming and Diving honored for excellence in the classroom

July 16, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - For the sixth consecutive semester the University of New Mexico's swimming and diving team is getting national recognition for its accomplishments in the classroom. The team has been named a Scholar All-America team by the College Swimming Coach Association of America for the spring 2012 semester.

The team registered a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 placing them 19th in the nation. The Lobos lead the way for the Mountain West, which saw a total of seven of its members-including UNM- on the list. UNLV came in behind New Mexico with a GPA of 3.42, while Boise State and conference newcomer Hawaii both posted a team GPA of 3.28. Another new member of the MW made the list in Fresno State with an average of 3.18, Colorado State and Wyoming rounded out the list with GPA's of 3.13 and 3.08 respectively.

The Team Scholar All American award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams, who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The award is presented to teams achieving this standard in the fall semester and in the semester of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships (Winter/Spring).

The College Swimming Coaches Association is the oldest coaches' organization in America. In addition to Scholar All American Awards, the CSCAA recognizes All American Swimmers and Divers at the national championships every year.