MADISON, WI (PRESS RELEASE) - The University of Wisconsin women's swimming team has been named a Scholar-Athlete Team for the 2009 season by the College Swim Coaches Association of America, while five student-athletes also have earned individual academic honors.
The Badgers are one of 347 collegiate teams, spanning NCAA divisions I, II and III, as well as the NAIA, to earn Scholar-Athlete Team status. The distinction is based on UW's team grade-point average of 3.16 for the spring 2009 semester.
In order to be eligible for the award, a team's collective GPA must be at least 3.00.
In addition, three members of the UW women's team were named CSCAA Scholar All-Americans, with junior Libby Brooks and sophomores Kelsey Gergen and Maggie Meyer earning the distinction by virtue of posting a GPA of 3.50 or higher and qualifying for the NCAA championships.
Honorable Mention Scholar All-America honors went to sophomore Molly Southworth, as well as senior Mike Hopkins of the UW men's team. In order to receive honorable mention status, a student-athlete must possess a GPA of at least 3.50 and have recorded an NCAA championships consideration time during the season.
Each of the five student-athletes honored by the CSCAA also earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for the 2008-09 season. The Badgers swimming and diving program placed a total of 11 student-athletes on the Academic All-Big Ten list in March.
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