The Delta State University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are showing that the pool isn’t the only place they shine as they’ve embraced the role of being student-athletes.
The women’s team, with a team grade-point-average of 3.52, is one of only 24 Division II women’s swimming teams to have a team grade-point-average of 3.5 or higher, while the men’s team, with an overall GPA of 3.01, is one of only 45 Division II men’s teams to have a 3.0 or higher GPA. The College Swimming Coaches Association of America recognized all teams that had a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Delta State University head swimming coach Dan’l Murray said being student-athletes is something that the swimmers take pride in.
“This year, just like the past several years, our student-athletes take that very seriously,” Murray said. “We are proud of their efforts not only in the pool and on the diving boards but also in the classroom.
“This is something that the men’s and women’s programs talk about at the beginning of the season. They have performance goals and academic goals. This year, they were able to accomplish that in the classroom.
“They’re getting prepared for the next stage of their careers once they graduate from Delta State. They’re being dependable and showing their leadership not only in the pool but also in the classroom at the highest level of the sport,” Murray added.
Individually, the Statesmen and Lady Statesmen each had seven swimmers that were named to the CSCAA Scholar All-American team. Celina Batsel, Maddie Woody, Allison Woody, Allison Brownlee, Caroline Jouisse, Lucia Martelli, Sierra Rhodes and Nadia Tubo-Cubells were recognized on the women’s team, while Mattia Schirru, Nic Martin, Kyle Weesner, Adam Charlton, Alex Zolotukhin, Cody Lavoie and Michael Maly were the men recognized. Martin and Maly earned honorable mention honors. Schirru, Batsel and Martin have been honored on the All-American Scholar team for a third straight year, while Woody and Weesner have been honored by the CSCAA for a second straight year.
To be named to the team a swimmer has to have participated in the NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA nationals with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Honorable mention has to have a 3.5 GPA and have a B-cut time or diving score.