The Sacred Heart University women's swimming and diving teams earned Scholar All-America distinction from the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America for the Spring 2018 semester. The Pioneers combined for a 3.49 team GPA, tied for 75th nationally and with the third-best GPA in the Northeast Conference above the national average of 3.336.
"This is a great accomplishment for these student athletes and they should be very proud of all the hard work they put in all year long in the classroom," said head coach John Spadafina.
The CSCAA announced that 710 schools representing 476 institutions across NCAA Divisions I, II, and III as well as the NAIA and NJCAA received the honor. To be a Scholar All-America Team a squad must own a collective grade point average of 3.0 or above for the semester.
The Pioneers posted a 3.47 GPA for the 2017-18 academic year and had 15 student-athletes earn NEC Winter Academic Honor Roll recognition. The swimming and diving team has had seven consecutive semesters with a team GPA of 3.33 or better, including the high-water mark this spring.
In competition, the Pioneers posted their second consecutive winning dual meet season and continued to improve their NEC Championship scoring. This season the Pioneers broke nine school records and in four seasons under Spadafina's tutelage, have set 50 school records
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) – the oldest 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.