Pepperdine Earns CSCAA Scholar All-American Team Acclaim
March 10, 2014
MALIBU, Calif. – The Pepperdine women’s swimming and diving team once again earned College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Team Scholar All-America status for its impressive fall grade point average. With a team GPA of 3.22, the Waves were one of nearly 150 NCAA Division programs recognized.
The Scholar All-America award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in a single semester. The award is presented twice annually, once following the fall semester and again following the spring semester.
The Waves, who finished fifth at the 2014 Pacific Coast Swim & Dive Conference Championship, were one of six PCSC schools to make the list. Alaska Fairbanks and Fresno Pacific were the only two squads with a higher GPA than Pepperdine, coming in at 3.43 and 3.40, respectively.
Other schools in the league to earn accolades from CSCAA include Cal State Eastbay (3.17), UC San Diego (3.10) and Concordia Irvine (3.31).
Alabama led all Division I schools with a 3.60 GPA.
The Pepperdine women’s swimming and diving team has a long-standing tradition of academic success. 2013 graduate Brooke Fugate (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo HS) was honored as last year’s Pepperdine Athletics Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, marking the third-straight season the award has been claimed by a member of the swim and dive team.
Several members of the team boast GPAs of 3.5 or higher including Sydney Newman (El Dorado Hills, Calif./Oak Ridge HS), Priyanka Shah (Fremont, Calif./Irvington HS), Codie Cox (Sonoma, Calif./Maria Carrillo HS/Santa Rosa Junior College), Laura Graziano (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic HS), Kathrine Kuhlmann (Liberty, Mo./Liberty HS ) and Cailey Stuebner (Los Altos, Calif./Mountain View HS).
A complete list of this year’s CSCAA All-Academic teams can be viewed here.
Founded in 1922, 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.