Redbird Swimmers and Divers Noted for GPA

July 25, 2012

NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State swimming and diving team was recognized for its hard work in the classroom during the 2012 spring semester, when the Redbirds were selected by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) as a 2012 Division I Scholar All-American Team for their cumulative grade point average.

The CSCAA presents the Team Scholar All-American Award when a college or university's swimming and diving team has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Illinois State squad had a cumulative GPA of 3.46 during the 2012 spring semester. The team's cumulative GPA set a new team record by beating the previous best GPA of 3.41, which was set during the 2011 spring semester. This GPA placed the team in a tie for 22nd place on the list, which is the highest finish for the team in school history.

Head coach Steve Paska believes his team did an outstanding job during the 2012 spring semester.

"I think for the members of the 2011-12 swimming and diving team to earn a 3.46 GPA for the spring semester is an incredible achievement," Paska said. "To tie for 22nd place and earn the highest GPA in swimming and diving history is something to be proud of. The athletics staff, academic advisors and the study center helped guide the student-athletes in their academics throughout the entire semester. I am very proud of the team for earning an outstanding GPA and with all achievements the team earned in the pool, this was a fantastic way to conclude the season."



The team also has several individual honored for their academic achievements throughout the 2011-12 school year. Senior diver Polly Hirt named a Capital One Academic All-America® selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The team also had nine members named to the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Team and a total of twelve student-athletes received a 4.0 GPA during the 2012 spring semester: Tori Alland, Megan Boebinger, Maureen Doyle, Molly Gomberg, Erica Halley, Hirt, Valerie Jones, Maggie Kopp, Lauren Pojman, Danielle Schumacher, Megan Weber and Wenting Zhang.

The Redbirds will open the 2012-13 season Friday, Sept. 14, at the Saluki Miler in Carbondale, Ill. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.