Jan. 27, 2016
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The University of South Carolina Swimming & Diving program was honored for its classroom excellence on Wednesday, as both the men’s and women’s squads were tabbed as College Swimming Coaches Association of American (CSCAA) Scholar All-America teams.
“The athletes at the University of South Carolina care immensely about their academics, and you can look across the board and see the job that our academic staff has done with our student-athletes,” said South Carolina head coach McGee Moody. “Both of our teams ranked among the top teams in the nation in the classroom this year, and that’s something we’re very proud of. A big part of our job here as coaches is to make sure that our student-athletes are prepared to go on and be successful in life. I am as happy with that as anything our team does in the pool.”
In order to qualify as CSCAA Scholar All-America teams, collegiate swimming & diving programs were required to post a team GPA of at least 3.0 for the 2015 fall semester. Both Gamecock teams reached the mark easily, with the Gamecock women recording a 3.56 GPA, and the men finishing with a 3.37.
On the men’s side, Carolina’s 3.37 is the 10th-best GPA among Division I programs, and the Gamecock women came in 12th with their 3.56.
“Rochelle Robinson, our academic advisor, does an outstanding job with our student-athletes,” Moody added. “She stays on them constantly, making sure their priorities are straight, their days are organized, and their schedules are set up correctly. She deserves a huge amount of credit for our academic success.”
UP NEXT FOR CAROLINA
The Gamecocks travel to Greenville, N.C., to face East Carolina and William & Mary on Saturday in their final regular season meet of 2015-16. Start time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET at the Minges Natatorium.