|Cardinal men women earn CSCAA academic honor
WINONA, Minn. The Saint Mary's University men's and women's swimming and diving teams found themselves among the NCAA Division III Elite Tuesday, as the Cardinals were recognized for their academic excellence by the College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).
The Cardinal women earned a Excellent ranking by the CSCAA after compiling a grade-point-average of 3.196 for the 2006 spring semester. The SMU men, meanwhile, earned a Commendable ranking, after posting a cumulative GPA of 2.968.
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 six Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men's teams to earn the CSCAA academic honor. Other MIAC men's teams included Hamline, Carleton, Macalester, Saint John's and Gustavus.
Seven MIAC women's teams earned CSCAA academic honors, including Gustavus, Macalester, Hamline, Saint Benedict, Carleton, St. Catherine and Saint Mary's.