March 1, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
Alabama women's swimming and diving produced the second highest team grade point average in the nation this fall with a 3.57, just five-hundredths of a point behind first-place North Texas, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America announced this week.
Both the Crimson Tide women's and men's teams earned CSCAA Scholar All-America Team honors for the fall semester, which requires a team GPA of 3.0 or better. The Alabama men posted a 3.08 team GPA in the fall.
"We are extremely proud of both our women's and men's team for what they accomplished in the classroom this fall," UA head coach Dennis Pursley said. "At the University of Alabama, we feel you can truly have it all, and that includes a top-notch education. Our student-athletes know that we expect their very best effort in the classroom and in the pool and the fruits of that labor is evident in these kinds of accolades."
The Tide's latest academic accolade comes on the heels of a highly successful Southeastern Conference Championship meet, where Alabama swimmers posted career-best times in 73% of their swims, broke two school records and put 35 swims on UA's all-time top-10 lists.
Alabama returns to action this weekend at the Bulldog Last Chance Meet in Athens, Ga.