Colorado Springs, Colo. –The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association (CSCAA) has named the Ohio women's swimming and diving team to its Scholar All-America team for the Spring 2019 Semester. A record 480 institutions were named to the list, highlighted by Ohio's GPA of 3.46.
CSCAA Executive Director Greg Earhart noted: "Coach Mason Norman had a lot to live up to in his first year, and this shows he's up to the challenge."
The Bobcats finished their first season under Norman with a fifth-place finish at the 2019 Mid-American Conference Championships, with Hannah Schlegel earning All-MAC First Team honors and Kelsey Morgan, Corrin Van Lanen and Emilia Lahtinen earning All-MAC Second Team recognition. Norman's squad saw four Bobcats make the NCAA B Standards, with Morgan, Schlegel, Lahtinen and Van Lanen hitting the marks. Meanwhile, divers Olivia Dillon, Nicole Hughes and Taylor Miller all competed at the NCAA Zone C Championships.
On the academic side, Ohio saw 12 Bobcats earn Academic All-MAC honors and Van Lanen and Lahtinen earn Distinguished Scholar Athlete recognition.
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 CSCAA will announce its individual Scholar All-Americans next week.
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.