FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After posting the 14th best grade point average among all NCAA Division-I women's swimming & diving teams in the nation in the fall, NAU topped itself in the spring in tying for the 10th best team GPA according to the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All America Team.
The Lumberjacks posted a program record 3.52 team GPA during the spring semester, topping the previous semester GPA record of 3.44 set in the fall. The squad's cumulative GPA of 3.39 following the spring semester is also a program record.
"It's a credit to our girls for their hard work both in the pool and in the classroom," NAU swimming & diving head coach Andy Johns said. "They're competitive with each other and even with the other teams on campus in trying to be the best overall student-athletes they can be. It's a credit to their work ethic and to all of our academic support staff and our assistant coaches. We're proud of them and hope they can keep setting records."
Tori Braudaway, Fi Connell, Ashani Gottlieb, Alexis Juergens, Emma Lowther, Rachel Palmer, and Stirling Smith all recorded perfect 4.00 GPAs for the semester, while Gottlieb and Juergens maintained cumulative 4.00 GPAs for their NAU careers. The 3.52 semester GPA tied with fellow WAC member New Mexico State as well as Towson and Villanova for 10th best out of 119 NCAA Division-I women's swimming & diving programs in the country that were recognized on the Scholar All America Team.