Swimming & diving team honored at Scholar-Athlete brunch

Nov. 8, 2012

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The swimming & diving team has excelled in the pool and continued their excellence into the classroom. CSU honored 11 swimming & diving athletes at the annual Scholar-Athlete brunch during Homecoming & Family Weekend, Oct. 7.

Carissa Burke, Tara DeMuth, Tasia DeMuth, Breann Fuller, Kelly Mathews, Shelley Perkins, Katie Polich, Ailey Ruger, Tess Simpson, Lydia Templin and Maxelise Thorn represented the team at the brunch with over 120 other CSU-Student athletes. To receive the honor, Rams had to have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

“I think it’s really important that they’re involved in stuff like this,” assistant coach Kelley McCallum said. “It shows that we’re developing them as athletes but also as students and that goes on a lot further than just their athletic ability beyond the pool. It shows that they’re making an active effort to really forge forward with their academics into their life later on. I think it’s a great thing.”

More than 250 Rams joined friends and family to hear from the Director of Athletics Jack Graham, as well as others, at the brunch.

The swimming & diving team has already been honored by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America with the CSCAA Scholar All-American Team award for the 2012 spring semester. Their 3.13 GPA greatly exceeded the required 3.0 GPA for the award. This was the sixth time since 2009 the Rams received the award.