NORTHFIELD, Minn. - Both of the Carleton College swimming and diving teams once again picked up Scholar All-America Team Honors from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). The men’s team posted a 3.24 cumulative grade point average for the spring 2013 term, tying for 65th among all collegiate men’s swimming and diving programs (NCAA Div. I, II, III, and NAIA). The women’s team recorded a cumulative 3.37 GPA, which ranked tied for 141st in the nation.
MIAC Swimmer-of-the-Year and All-American, Erik Klontz ’13 (Bethesda, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase), earned distinction as a CSCAA Scholar All-American after achieving a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher and qualifying for the NCAA Championships. He is the only male swimmer from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) to earn this distinction, while two others received honorable mention.
Four females from the MIAC earned a spot on the Scholar All-America Team, including All-American Sophie Pilhofer ’13 (Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Visitation). Carleton’s Erin McDuffie ’13 (Anchorage, Alaska/Service) and three other swimmers from the conference achieved Scholar All-American Honorable Mention status after posting a GPA of 3.5 or higher and achieving a “B” time standard but not qualifying to compete at the national championships.
In order for an entire swimming and diving program to earn the Scholar All-America award, squads must have had a combined team grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. The award is presented biannually, once in the fall semester/term and once in the semester/term of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships (winter/spring).
The team GPA recorded by the Carleton men’s swimming and diving team was 33rd among the 78 Division III men’s programs to receive this award, ranking second in the MIAC. Carleton’s women tied for 55th among the 136 Division III female programs recognized, third in the conference. The Knights are one of only 173 schools across the nation to be tabbed scholar All-America for both genders, with 76 of those coming from the NCAA Division III and five from the MIAC.
MIAC SWIM PROGRAMS NAMED CSCAA ALL-ACADEMIC TEAMS SPRING 2013
3.39 - University of St. Thomas
3.24 - Carleton College
3.22 - Macalester College
3.06 - Gustavus Adolphus College
3.03 - Saint Mary’s University
3.53 - St. Catherine University
3.47 - Saint Mary’s University
3.37 - Carleton College
3.35 - University of St. Thomas
3.34 - Gustavus Adolphus College
3.34 - Macalester College
3.26 - Concordia College
3.23 - College of Saint Benedict