Swim Teams Rank Among Nation's Top GPAs, Again Awarded Scholar All-America Status

CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- The Washington College men's and women's swim teams posted team grade-point averages that ranked among the very best in Division III during the spring 2014 semester as both squads have again been awarded Team Scholar All-America status by the College Swimming Coaches Association.

To qualify for the award, the team must finish with a team grade-point average of at least 3.0 for the spring semester. Both the Shoremen and Shorewomen easily cleared that mark as the Shoremen recorded a 3.40 team grade-point average, 14th-best among all Division III men's programs, while the Shorewomen's 3.57 team grade-point average ranked 16th-highest among all Division III women's programs. Both marks were the highest among Centennial Conference teams. Both marks were also improvements upon the teams' already impressive grade-point averages from the fall 2013 semester; the Shoremen posted a 3.39 grade-point average last fall, while the Shorewomen's team grade-point average was 3.49 in the fall.

Head coach Kim Lessard's teams have routinely earned Team Scholar All-America status during her tenure at Washington College and that commitment to academics has seemingly rubbed off on her assistant coaches over the years. Three former assistant coaches under Lessard who are now head coaches had both their men's and women's teams earn Scholar All-America status this spring - J.P. Gowdy of Pomona-Pitzer, Matt Easterday of King's, and Andre Barbins of St. Mary's College of Maryland.

The Washington College swim teams will open their 2014-15 season November 1st with a 1:00 p.m. Centennial Conference meet at Franklin & Marshall.