(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association (CSCAA) has named Dickinson College women's swimming as a Scholar All-America team for the Spring 2019 Semester. A record 480 institutions were named to the list, highlighted by St. Andrews's women's GPA of 3.35. CSCAA Executive Director Greg Earhart noted: "Head Coach Paul Richards has humbly built a program the College can be proud of - in the pool, the classroom and as alumni." The Red Devil women have earned Scholar All-America status in each of the past 50 semesters under Richards.
A record number of teams achieved Scholar All-America status in each NCAA Division with men's teams seeing the biggest gains. The increase can be attributed to the growing number of men's teams. "For three years now, we've seen schools add more men's teams than women's," explained Earhart, "and now we're seeing those new teams produce the caliber of student-athlete we've come to expect in swimming and diving."
At 3.45, the median GPA among women's teams was the highest on record. The men's median (3.23) was down slightly from the Fall semester.
In Division III a pair of academic stalwarts topped the list of 134 men's and 185 women's teams. Macalester's women (3.79) edged out MIAC rival Saint Catherine's (3.76). Among men's teams, MIT once again led the way (3.76), just ahead of the Macalester men. The Liberty League placed the most teams (nine men, nine women) onto the honor roll.
The CSCAA also announced its individual Scholar All-Americans. Dickinson senior Katie Schmidt (Plymouth, Minn./Breck School) was named an individual scholar-athlete and classmate Molly Sternick (Greensburg, Pa./Hempfield) earned Co-SIDA Academic All-District honors this winter as well. The team placed eight swimmers on the 2019 Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll.
Schmidt swam to First-team honors in the 200-yard backstroke and received honorable mention with a second-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke. She broke her own school record in the 100-backstroke, clocking a time of 57.44. She added two more school records over championship weekend, swimming the lead leg of the 200 and 400-yard medley relays. This marked Schmidt's second conference title after capturing the 200-backstroke in 2017. She graduated with six school records on her resume.
Sternick broke school records with the 200-medley and freestyle relays at the 2019 conference championships, setting the mark in the 200-medley in 2018 as well. She holds the school record in the 400-medley relay and has a pair of individual school-bests in the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard individual medley.
Senior Olivia Lyman (Mount Kisco, N.Y./Horace Greeley) earned a pair of All-American honors at the 2019 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships. Lyman earned All-America honors in the 1650 and 500-yard freestyle. Lyman holds school records in the 800 free relay and the 200, 500, 1000 and 1650-yard freestyle events. She captured four straight conference championships in the 500-freestyle and won three straight 1650-yard titles during her career as well.
First-year Maddi Vlattas (Herndon, Va./Westfield) and sophomore Hannah Griffith (Lansdale, Pa./William Penn Charter) both turned in record-setting performances in the 100-yard breaststroke with Vlattas holding the new mark of 1:07.84. Griffith and Vlattas added school records with the 200-medley and 400-medley relays, respectively.
Senior Sammy Boswell (Linwood, N.J./Mainland Regional) was part of three school records this winter, setting marks with the 200 and 400-medley relay and the 200-yard free relay. She holds the mark in the 400-yard free relay as well. Junior Lauren Woznicki (Media, Pa./Penncrest) and first-year Brooke Kelly (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) swam the othe two legs of the 200-free relay.
The Red Devils had a great season, finishing the dual-meet schedule with an overall record of 9-4.
About the CSCAA
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) – the first 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.