Pirate Swimmers Garner Academic Recognition

Pirate Swimmers Garner Academic Recognition

SPOKANE, Wash. – Both of Whitworth's swimming teams and three individual Pirates were recently recognized for academic excellence during the 2018-19 season by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).

Whitworth's women's and men'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 3.24, while the Pirate men posted a GPA of 3.26.

In addition, three Whitworth swimmers claimed individual recognition on the CSCAA Scholar All-America team.  Ryan Grady (So., Gig Harbor, Wash.) and Jamie Siegler (So., Littleton, Colo.) were first team selections while Hannah Galbraith (Jr., Aloha, Ore.) earned honorable mention consideration.

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.

Grady participated at the 2019 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in Greensboro, N.C. last March, where he earned honorable mention All-America recognition by finishing 14th in the 200-yard breaststroke.  Grady's season-best marks came at the 2019 Northwest Conference Championships, where he won the 100-yard breaststroke (55.95), 200-yard breaststroke (2:00.57) and 500-yard freestyle (4:36.06).  Grady has a 3.616 GPA through the spring 2019 semester an engineering major.

Siegler also competed at the NCAA Division III Championships this past spring and took 13th place in the 100-yard breaststroke, claiming honorable mention All-America recognition.  She was the Northwest Conference champion in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.62 and earned runner-up finishes in the 200 breaststroke (2:22.69) and 50-yard freestyle (23.94).  She is a health science major with a 3.51 GPA through the spring semester.

Galbraith was an honorable mention CSCAA Scholar All-America selection in 2017 and a first team honoree in 2018.    Galbraith posted an NCAA Division III B qualifying mark while winning the 100-yard backstroke at the NWC Championships with a time of 56.60.  She also had a B mark as runner-up in the 200-yard backstroke (2:04.88).  Galbraith has a 3.826 GPA a graphic design major.