LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs have seen a number of their student-athletes pick up academic distinction at the national and conference level in recent days.
The Triton women’s squad gained College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Team recognition for the 2014 winter term, while a total of 13 Triton swimmers and divers, five men and eight women, displayed the proper credentials to earn individual accolades from the CSCAA.
For the Scholar All-America Team award, an average team grade-point average of 3.0 or higher was required for the quarter or semester coinciding with a program’s 2014 national championships. UCSD posted a 3.25 GPA in winter on the women’s side, earning a third successive honor as a team from the CSCAA under the guidance of head coach Corrie Falcon, following the 2013 winter and 2013 fall terms.
Academically for individual honors, a GPA of 3.5 or higher for the term of a swimmer or diver’s respective NCAA meet, or a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 through the 2013-14 academic year, was sufficient to gain consideration. In addition athletically, student-athletes who competed at the 2014 NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships in Geneva, Ohio, in mid-March, were placed on the CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team, while those who achieved B qualifying standards but were not selected to participate at nationals, earned honorable mention.
Diver Luke Calkins and swimmers Reid McCallum and Zach Yong made the CSCAA NCAA Division II Men’s Scholar All-America First Team, with Calkins a two-time selection. A pair of teammates drew honorable mention in Luke Mitchell for a second straight year, and Alex Moshensky.
Sandy Hon, Sierra Robbins and Erika Rodman each warranted spots on the CSCAA NCAA Division II Women’s Scholar All-America First Team for the second successive year. Diver Allyson Cohen and swimmers Lindsay Oosterhouse, Lilly Parks, Christina Vu and Dari Watkins received honorable mention, Oosterhouse for a second time.
Founded in 1922, the CSCAA is the oldest professional organization of college coaches in America. It is dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming and diving at the collegiate level.
Meanwhile, seven UCSD student-athletes garnered Pacific Collegiate Swimming & Diving Conference (PCSC) All-Academic status for 2013-14.
In order to qualify, individuals must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.50 or higher through the 2013-14 academic year, and be classified as a junior or a senior participant at his or her institution.
Calkins was the only Triton eligible on the men’s side. The list for the Triton women consists of divers Liz Bird, Natalie Mouzooni and Megan Zeeb, and swimmers Hon, Oosterhouse and Rodman. Calkins, Mouzooni, Hon, Oosterhouse and Rodman are all second-time honorees.