SPOKANE, Wash. – The Whitworth University women finished the 2012-13 academic year ranked second in the nation in cumulative grade point average, based on the College Swimming Coaches Association (CSCAA) annual academic awards.
In addition the Pirate men ranked 24th nationally in team GPA and six Whitworth swimmers earned Honorable Mention Individual Scholar All-America honors.
Whitworth's women finished with a cumulative team GPA of 3.65 this past year, just a fraction behind Connecticut College which led all of NCAA Division III with a GPA of 3.66. The Pirate men posted a team GPA of 3.30 to tie for 24th among men's Division III institutions. Principia College led all DIII men's teams with a final tally of 3.74. Both teams receive the CSCAA Team Scholar All-America Award. That award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
Six Whitworth swimmers received honorable mention Scholar All-America honors. That award is presented to college and university swimmers and divers who have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, for the semester or cumulative average, and have achieved an NCAA "B" time standard, but did not qualify to compete in the national championship meet.
Wes Tatum, a sophomore physics and physical chemistry major, is the only Pirate man to make the list. The five Whitworth women are: Kori Carpenter (Fr., nursing); Kate Duvall (Jr., Spanish, history); Bridget Louis (Fr., chemistry); Hannah Norris (Fr., undeclared); and Alisa Stang (So., health science).
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America is the oldest professional organization of college coaches in America. The CSCAA is dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming and diving at the collegiate level.