|Cardinal women earn CSCAA's top academic honor
WINONA, Minn. The Saint Mary's University women's swimming and diving team found itself among the NCAA Division III Elite Wednesday, as the Cardinals were recognized for their academic excellence by the College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).
The Cardinals earned a Superior ranking by the CSCAA after compiling a grade-point-average of 3.342 for the 2005 fall semester. SMU's GPA ranked 18th among the 37 teams earning Superior status.
To qualify for this honor, the grade-point-average of the entire swimming and diving team, including all team members on the eligibility list, must average at least a 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. Teams are then recognized in three categories Commendable (2.80-2.99), Excellent (3.00-3.24) and Superior (3.25 better).
The Cardinals were one of five Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women's teams to earn the CSCAA's top honor. For the third semester in a row, Macalester held the nation's top spot, boasting a 3.60 GPA to edge Pomona-Pitzer (3.54) and fellow-MIAC school St. Catherine (3.47) for top team honors. Saint Benedict was 14th (3.37), followed by Saint Mary's (18th) and St. Thomas (36th).