NORFOLK, Va. — Maddie Lovrensky of the University of La Verne women's swimming and diving team has been selected to the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Team.
The CSCAA has selected a record 810 swimmers and divers this year and an additional 1,078 were recognized as Honorable Mention selections.
Student-athletes were designated based on their performance in the classroom and the pool.
"Swimmers and divers truly embody the student-athlete ethos and are well-known for earning some of the highest GPAs on campus," said CSCAA executive director Joel Shinofield. "With nearly half of all national championship qualifiers producing GPA's higher than 3.50, you see swimming and diving adds so much to value to a campus community. These accomplishments are impressive and a sign of the success they will carry on through life, positively representing their schools along the way."
To be selected to the CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, swimmers and divers must have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and have participated in their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Honorable Mention selections have similarly achieved a GPA of 3.50 and achieved a "B" time standard or competed at their respective qualifying meets.
The selections were drawn from 284 colleges and universities, up from 243 in 2014. That, Shinofield explains, illustrates the widespread contributions of swimming and diving. "This really shows that success isn't limited to the 'traditional' powers. We've got coaches, athletes and institutions doing some great things in places you wouldn't expect and is something we're very proud of."
At the 2015 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving National Championships, Lovrensky took second in the 100 yard backstroke and won the consolation final of the 200 backstroke. She won three individual championships at the 2015 SCIAC Swimming and Diving Championships and was named the conference's Female Athlete of the Year.