St. Andrews Swimming collects Scholar All-America status

Written by Joe Cicchetto

[St. Andrews University, a branch of Webber International University, was among one of the 33 teams that achieved Scholar All-America status for the first time. To receive this honor, the team is required to obtain a 3.0 or higher GPA for the fall semester.  Information about this recognition was provided by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America news release.]

The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Colorado Springs, CO, has selected a record 713 teams from 460 institutions to the Scholar All-America Team for the Fall 2018 semester.  The teams were selected by the CSCAA’s Scholar All-America committee on the basis of their Fall grade point averages and represent 16,502 student-athletes.

Thirty-three teams achieved Scholar All-America status for the first time, reflecting the continued growth of swimming and diving.  “The narrative is that swimming and diving is on the decline, but in reality, colleges and universities have added 100 teams since 2015,” according to CSCAA Executive Director Greg Earhart.  “Presidents and athletic directors recognize that swimmers and divers are excellent students and ambassadors for their institutions.”

Liberty University (Division I) had the highest GPA of all women’s teams.  The Flames earned an average GPA of 3.79.  Among men’s programs, MIT (Division III) took the top spot with a 3.78.
Women’s divisional leaders included Biola (3.72) and Saint Catherine’s (3.75) in Division II and III respectively. SCAD-Savannah (3.61) and Indian River (3.45) were tops among NAIA and NJCAA women’s programs.
For the men, Grand Canyon (3.68) repeated last Fall’s ranking as the top Division I men’s program.  In Division II Bridgeport led the way with a 3.72.  Like the women, SCAD-Savannah’s men (3.48) were number one among NAIA programs (which includes St. Andrews). Iowa Central (3.10) topped the NJCAA.
Teams excelled both in the school and the pool with 89% of teams in the CSCAA TYR Top 25 earning the honor.  Those teams included the top-ranked California men (3.05), Texas women (3.55), Queens (NC) women (3.63), Indianapolis men (3.34) and Denison men (3.26) and women (3.31).
To earn the honor, teams with student-athletes were required to post a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the fall semester.

St. Andrews men’s roster includes Brandon Williams ’22, Caden Wendelin ’21, Jack Vincent ’22, Jamal Walling ’22, Nolan Walling ’22 and Quentin Cooper, ’20.  The women’s roster includes Chiara Knebelkamp ’20, Erica Hocum ’21 and Jaidi Dubose ’22.

Both teams are coached by head coach Taylor Cooper and assistant coach Kurt Wohlrab.