DARTMOUTH, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth women’s swimming and diving squad garnered prestigious recognition from the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), earning Scholar All-America status for the 2016-17 academic year with a 3.30 team GPA.
“I commend our women’s swimming and diving student-athletes and coaching staff for this notable achievement,” said Director of Athletics Amanda Van Voorhis. “It is gratifying that the team is continually recognized for their dedication to balancing the academic demands of college life with their hard work in the pool. This combined effort epitomizes the NCAA Division III student-athlete.”
In order to be recognized as a Scholar All-America squad, teams must have posted a 3.0 or higher GPA during the 2017 spring semester. The Corsairs were one of just 172 Division III women’s teams nationally to be recognized, and one of five from the Little East Conference as Eastern Connecticut, Keene State, Western Connecticut and Westfield State were also honored. In all, a record 720 teams representing 433 schools across all Divisions were named Scholar All-America squads by the CSCAA.
Earlier this spring, four Corsair women’s swimming and diving team members were individually recognized as LEC All-Academic for their performance in the classroom, including seniors Jillian Boyle (Westport, Mass.), Kaya Flanagan (Fairhaven, Mass.) and Kendra Hebert (Lowell, Mass.) and sophomore Faith Poirier (Shrewsbury, Mass.).
Under 2017 LEC Coach of the Year Cathy Motta, UMass Dartmouth collected five dual meet victories and a third-place finish at the LEC Championships, tallying its highest point total since 2010 (240). At the 2017 New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships, the Corsairs set two school records including the 200 breaststroke and the 200 freestyle relay.