Women's Swimming

Lions Post 13th-Best GPA in Division I Swimming

The LMU swim team recorded the 13th-best GPA in all of Division I last season.
The LMU swim team recorded the 13th-best GPA in all of Division I last season.

Oct. 22, 2008

PHOENIX, Ariz. -

The LMU swimming team recorded a 3.460 GPA last year, placing 13th out of more than 170 Division I schools who participated last season in swimming and diving, it was announced on CollegeSwimming.com on Tuesday.  Yale, coached by Frank Keefe, took the women’s crown with a 3.608 team grade point average, just edging Rick Pratt’s New Mexico State women at 3.566 and Jim Wilson’s Dartmouth women at 3.560.  

Dartmouth’s Big Green men had a team GPA of 3.600 to claim the top men’s spot with Yale second at 3.500 and Georgetown, coached by Steve Cartwright, third at 3.376.

Dartmouth took the combined men’s and women’s title with a stunning 3.580 GPA.  Yale followed closely with a 3.552 with Lafayette College, coached by Jim Dailey, third in 3.442.

East Coast teams dominated the team rankings, taking the top four spots and eight of the top ten in the combined listings.  A total of 125 teams – 81 women’s and 44 men’s -- bettered the minimum team GPA requirement of 3.000.

The Division I women, fast in the water, excelled just as spectacularly in the classroom, with 91 women earning individual Academic All-American honors by achieving a GPA of 3.500 or higher and qualifying for the NCAA Championships.  31 men also earned AAA honors.

24 women and four men scored a perfect 4.000 grade point average.  Moreover, Richard Quick’s Auburn Tigers had an amazing nine student-athletes – six women and three men – with perfect 4.0’s.

Texas A&M had three 4.0’s while George, Minnesota and SMU had two each, all women.

Top-10 Combined NCAA Div. I Academic All-American Teams

1. 3.580 Dartmouth College
2. 3.552 Yale University
3. 3.440 Lafayette College
4. 3.416 Georgetown University
5. 3.350 Southern Illinois University
6. 3.330 George Washington University
7. 3320 Bucknell University
8. 3.319 Harvard College
9. 3.294 South Dakota State Universit
10. 3.290 Southern Methodist University



Top-20 Division I Women’s Teams/Coach

1. 3.603     Yale University/Frank Keefe
2. 3.566     New Mexico State University/Rick Pratt
3. 3.560     Dartmouth College/Jim Wilson
4. 3.540     University of Arkansas – Fayetteville/Jeff Poppell
5. 3.535     Vanderbilt University/Jeremy Organ
6. 3.510     Lafayette College/James Dailey
7. 3.508     Gardner-Webb University/Michael Simpson
8. 3.500     University of Cincinnati/Monty Hopkins
9. 3.481     South Dakota State University/Brad Erickson
10. 3.476   Duke University/Dan Colella
11. 3.470   University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign/Sue Novitsky
12. 3.469   Eastern Michigan University/Peter Linn
13. 3.460   Loyola Marymount University/Bonnie Adair
14. 3.455   Georgetown/Steven Cartwright
15. 3.452   University of Denver/Brian Schrader
16. 3.446   University of Alabama/Eric McIlquham
17. 3.424   Ohio University/Greg Werner
18. 3.400   George Washington University/Daniel Rhinehart
19. 3.400   Southern Illinois University/Rick Walker
20. 3.390   Bucknell University/Dan Schinnerer


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