SPOKANE, Wash. – Both of Whitworth's swimming teams and two individual Pirates were recognized for academic excellence during the 2016-17 season by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).
Whitworth's men's and women's programs each were designated as Scholar All-America teams for the spring semester by the CSCAA. To be selected as a CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, programs must have achieved a grade point average of 3.00 or higher over the spring semester. The women's team had a cumulative GPA of 3.36, while the Pirate men posted a GPA of 3.20.
To be selected to the CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, swimmers and divers must have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher during the semester and have participated in their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Honorable Mention selections have similarly achieved a GPA of 3.50 and achieved a "B" time standard or competed at their respective qualifying meets.
Galbraith and Lempert, both first-year Pirates, earned their NCAA Division III B cuts at the 2017 Northwest Conference Championships in February. Galbraith's marks came in the 100-yard backstroke (56.79) and in the 200-yard backstroke (2:02.86). Lempert's times were in the 50-yard freestyle (20.68) and 100-yard breaststroke (57.33).
Each just missed out on advancement to the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in Texas in March.