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February 28, 2012

Swimming & Diving Posts 14th Best Team GPA in NCAA Division-I

CSCAA SCHOLAR ALL AMERICA TEAM

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving tied for the 14th best grade point average among all Division-I women's swimming & diving teams in the nation according to the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All America Team. The Lumberjacks totaled a 3.44 team GPA for the fall semester, the highest GPA in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).

"Our girls work hard in the classroom they are all good students," said head coach Andy Johns. "They want to be the best at everything, and they are really a great representation of what the student athlete ideal is. We're very proud that they rank so high among so many great teams on a national level."

The fall semester GPA of 3.44 and the cumulative team GPA of 3.36 were both the highest in the history of the program. The team had seven student-athletes – Fi Connell, Andrea Derflinger, Ashani Gottlieb, Alexis Juergens, Emily Lewandowski, Rachel Palmer, and Stirling Smith – record perfect 4.00 GPAs during the fall semester. NAU tied for 14th among all division-I swimming & diving programs with Penn State and Drexel and had the highest team GPA among all western universities.