UALR swim team awarded CSCAA Scholar All-America status; GPA ranked second ntionally
By: Grant Fox
The UALR swimming and diving team has been honored by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) for achieving Scholar All-America status, according to the UALR Athletics Department website. The Trojans earned a 3.68 GPA for the Spring 2014 Semester and ranked second nationally behind Kentucky.
The Team Scholar All-America Award is presented during the fall and spring semester to collegiate swimming and diving teams that have a team GPA of a 3.0 or higher. Lead by Coach Amy Burgess, the Trojans have once again had a successful semester.
“Being a student-athlete means that we have to be very organized,” says UALR senior and one of three team captain’s Alexis Stone. “Attending class, completing homework, and going to practice while balancing the demands of daily life means organization is a must. As a team, we try to push each other to succeed. Coach does a great job of making sure that we stay on track.”
All members of the swim and diving team are required to attend a mandatory study hall for two hours a day, Monday through Thursday, if they don’t maintain a 2.6 GPA or higher. Each member of the team also undergoes a grades check every six weeks to ensure that each student keeps up with their studies.
“Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America is the oldest professional organization of college coaches in America. The CSCAA is dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming and diving at the collegiate level,” says the UALR Athletics Department website. The hard work of these dedicated student-athletes along with their system of checks and balances is exactly what the CSCAA has in mind.