NORFOLK, Va. - The University of Saint Joseph women's swimming & diving team was named a Scholar All-America Team by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, it was announced on Monday by the organization.
The Blue Jays were among 163 women's NCAA Division III programs honored and a record 688 men's and women's teams representing 430 colleges and universities spanning NCAA Division I, II and III institutions in addition to NAIA and NJCAA schools. The awards are in recognition of teams' that achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the 2017 Fall Semester. The Scholar All-America Teams are named twice per year (following the fall and spring academic semesters.) Saint Joseph has earned Scholar All-America status in each of the last six semesters dating back to 2015.
USJ posted a team GPA of 3.25 while four of its 11 members boasted a 3.50 GPA or higher, including senior Veronika Latawiec (Newington, Conn.) who posted a perfect 4.0.
The Blue Jays finished the 2017-18 regular season last Friday evening at home with a thrilling, 144-126, victory over Western New England University to close out the year with a 4-2 mark in dual meet action, their best dual meet record in program history. A select group of swimmers who recorded qualifying times in their respective events will move on next to compete at the 2018 New England Championships hosted by the University of Rhode Island at the Tootell Aquatics Center in Kingston, R.I. from Feb. 15 - Feb. 18.
About the CSCAA
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) - the oldest organization of college coaches in America - is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming & diving at the collegiate level.