USC Women Set Highest GPA In Nation
COLUMBIA, S.C. (USC SID) — The University of South Carolina Women’s Swimming & Diving program was honored by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) on Wednesday for having the highest GPA in the nation for the Spring 2016 semester. Both the women’s and men’s teams were recognized as CSCAA Scholar All-America Teams.
“Our staff works very hard to instill a culture of excellence in the classroom and in the pool,” said South Carolina head coach McGee Moody. “Our academic staff here at South Carolina cares deeply about our student-athletes.”
The Gamecock women posted a GPA of 3.73, which came in 0.01 ahead of the second-highest finisher. The Carolina men finished with a 3.35 GPA, which ranked 16th in NCAA Division I.
In order to qualify as CSCAA Scholar All-America teams, collegiate swimming & diving programs were required to post a team GPA of at least 3.0 for the 2016 spring semester. Both Gamecock squads have earned the mark in the fall and spring semesters for each of the last two seasons.
Overall, 38 members of the Gamecock squad were honored with a spot on the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll in April. Additionally, senior Lauren Lamendola grabbed CoSIDA Academic All-America laurels for her efforts in the classroom.