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Swimming & Diving Teams Excel in Classroom

Feb. 21, 2011

The Clemson men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs were both named to the College Swimming Coaches Association Scholar All-America Team, capping off a stellar semester in the classroom.

The Tiger women’s squad finished in a tie for fourth place among Division I programs with a 3.55 team grade point average. The men’s team was named to the list with a 3.01 team grade point average, which was tied for 22nd place. Clemson was one of 36 programs nationally to have its men’s and women’s programs both recognized by the CSCAA.

“One of our top priorities here at Clemson is to have sound student-athletes that are balanced,” Head Coach Christopher Ip said. “If they are doing well in school, then that means they are balanced to give us what we need in practice and in competitions. I think we are following the mission of the university as we ask our athletes to be at a high level in both an academic and an athletic environment.”

The recognition of both programs highlights an outstanding semester for Clemson swimming and diving in the fall of 2010. The women’s team GPA was second-best among all athletic teams on campus and broke the previous record of 3.51 from the spring of 2005. It was the 23rd consecutive semester with at least a 3.0 GPA for the program. The men’s GPA was fourth overall and best among male athletic teams in the fall.

The women placed thirty athletes on the athletic honor roll last fall. 23 of them were named to the dean’s list, while nine others – Kristin Bender, Sarah Smith, Rachel Sparks, Garrison Stevens and Maddie Tarantolo – were named to the president’s list with perfect 4.0 GPAs.

The men’s team put 17 members onto the honor roll, with five representatives on the dean’s list.