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Florida Southern Swimming Teams Earn Academic Honor from CSCAA

Head coach Andy Robins and assistant coach Kendal Casey
Head coach Andy Robins and assistant coach Kendal Casey

The Florida Southern swimming teams, under the direction of head coach Andy Robins, have been named to the list of College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association (CSCAA) Scholar All-America teams for the spring 2019 semester. The CSCAA recognizes those teams achieving the GPA of 3.0 or higher for the semester.

A record number of teams achieved Scholar All-America status in each NCAA Division with men's teams seeing the biggest gains. The increase can be attributed to the growing number of men's teams. "For three years now, we've seen schools add more men's teams than women's," explained CSCAA Executive Director Greg Earhart, "and now we're seeing those new teams produce the caliber of student-athlete we've come to expect in swimming and diving."

The Moccasin men compiled a 3.43 GPA for the semester, which ranked No. 8 in Division II. (The median GPA of the 52 men's teams on the list was 3.23.) Roberts Wesleyan topped the list at 3.73, with Bridgeport second at 3.67, and Colorado Mines third at 3.52. Florida Southern was the highest ranked team from the Sunshine State Conference, just ahead of Florida Tech, which had a team GPA of 3.39, and all six SSC men's teams qualified.

The Moccasins had seven swimmers achieve a perfect 4.0 GPA for the semester (seniors Nico Campbell, Christian Gilbreath, Charles Gotsch, and Matthew Holmes, and freshmen Jacob Cole, Ethan Oliva, and Holt Ragsdale) and 10 others were at 3.50 or higher. All five graduating seniors (Campbell, Gilbreath, Gotsch, Holmes, and Luka Planinc) were among them, and all five posted a cumulative GPA of 3.46 or higher. Gilbreath, Gotsch, Planinc and Ragsdale completed the academic year with 4.0 GPAs in each semester.

A total of 83 Division II women's teams made the cut, and Florida Southern was 33rd on that list with a 3.49 GPA, putting the Moccasins ahead of the median average of 3.45. All seven of the SSC's women's swimming programs were on the CSCAA list, and all seven had a 3.37 GPA or higher. Salem International was the top women's program with a 3.81 GPA, followed closely by Emmanuel at 3.80, Gannon at 3.77, and Lenoir-Rhyne at 3.76. Nova Southeastern had the highest GPA in the Sunshine State Conference at 3.54.

Six Florida Southern women's swimmers had perfect 4.0 GPAs for the semester (seniors Haley DeGrace and Krystal Karas, juniors Amanda Giannattasio and Malin Wallen, and freshmen Erin McCann and Grace Sill) matching their number from the fall, and seven others had a 3.50 GPA or higher. Four members of the women's team had a 4.0 in both semesters this year: DeGrace, Giannattasio, Wallen, and Sill.