July 22, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama women's swimming and diving team posted a 3.47 grade point average for the spring semester to earn the College Swimming Coaches Association of America's Scholar All-America Team Honors it was announced recently.
"I'm very proud of our women's team for coming together for another great performance in the classroom," UA head coach Dennis Pursleysaid. "As a program, our focus is to excel in all areas, and this is certainly an indication of the importance that the Crimson Tide places on academics."
Alabama's latest academic honor comes on the heels of a fall that saw the Crimson Tide women produce the second highest team grade point average in the nation with a 3.57, just five-hundredths of a point behind first-place North Texas.
Individually, 13 members of Alabama's 2012-13 squad earned Honorable Mention Scholar All-America recognition, including nine women and four men. To earn honorable mention Scholar All-America honors, student-athletes must earn an NCAA provisional standard and carry a 3.5 GPA.
From the women's team, swimmers Stephanie Klotz, Emma Saunders, Stephanie Kinsey, Morgan Presley, Justine Panian, Brittany Gilbert and Anna Rae Gwarjanski along with divers Paige McCleary and Angely Martinez earned the accolade. On the men's side of the slate, swimmers Reese Shirey, Brian Carr and Phillip Deaton along with diver Peter Hillyer took home the honor.