AUSTIN, Texas – The Miami University Women’s Swimming and Diving team placed 11th in the nation on the 2013 list of teams for Scholar All-American awards by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America on Friday. The CSCAA is the oldest professional organization of college coaches in America and presents this award twice a year. The Team Scholar All-American award is given to college and university swimming and diving teams who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. East Carolina University posted the highest team average in DI swimming with a 3.62, followed by North Texas (3.62), and Illinois State University (3.61). Miami University came in 11th with an average of 3.53, the highest average GPA in the Mid-American Conference.
Not only did the team reach astonishing heights academically, but four swimmers, Leah Thornton, Maegan O’Connor, Nicole Wagner and Kayla Scott received honorable mention All-American. The Honorable Mention Scholar All-American award is presented to college and university swimmers and divers who have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, and achieved a “B” time standard but have not qualified to compete in their respective national championship. Thornton and O’Connor graduated this past May, but Wagner and Scott are returning this season as rising seniors.