Colorado Springs, CO - The College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has named 1,221 swimmers and divers to Scholar All-American Team for the 2018-19 season. The award recognizes students that have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and competed at their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The selections, drawn from 190 colleges and universities across all Divisions, include CSCAA Swimmers-of-the-Year Beata Nelson (Wisconsin), Pol, Roch (Keiser), Honore Collins (NYU) and Mendy De Rooi (Cumberlands) and CSCAA Divers-of-the-Year Christina Sather (Clarion), Lindsey Ruderman (Amherst), Heath Ogata (Lake Forest), and Andrea Adam (Saint Ambrose). Thirty-eight student-athletes have maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA over their career with another 145 earning a 4.0 over the course of the semester.
In addition to the 1,221 first-team selections, 890 students were named as Honorable Mention selections. These students have similarly achieved a GPA of 3.50 and achieved a "B" time standard or competed at an NCAA Regional or Zone Diving qualifier. In total, 282 teams placed at least one individual on the First or Second teams.
The Saginaw Valley State University Swimming & Diving programs had five student-athletes honored for the second straight season. Elizabeth Caird and Amanda Thielen earned the honor after competing at the 2019 NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships. Alexandra Davis, Lydia Mattar and Pedro Rezende received honorable mention honors after achieving the mark GPA-wise and a "B" time standard. It marks Mattar's fourth straight individual honor while Thielen earned it three times in her career.