COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - The Florida Southern swimming teams have been recognized by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) in its annual list of Scholar All-America Teams. Announced on Tuesday (Jan. 22), the Moccasin men ranked 10th in the country at the Division II level with a 3.36 grade point average for the fall semester, and the women were tied for 12th with a 3.57. To be selected as a Scholar All-America Team, programs must achieve a GPA of 3.00 or higher for the semester being awarded.
In its first year under head coach Andy Robins, Florida Southern was one of 40 schools to have both its men's and women's teams make the list, but one of only three with both teams ranked as high on their respective lists as the Moccasins. The other two were Gannon (Pa.), which was seventh for both the men and women, and West Chester (Pa.), which was fifth on the women's side and 11th on the men's.
The highest women's team GPA for the fall semester was registered by Biola (Calif.), which recorded a 3.72, with Emmanuel (Ga.) second at 3.71, and Long Island Post third at 3.69. Missouri-St. Louis at 3.67, and West Chester at 3.64 completed the women's top-five.
Florida Southern had six women's swimmers with perfect 4.00 GPAs during the fall: seniors Haley DeGrace and Rachel Ringley, juniors Amanda Giannattasio and Malin Wallen, sophomore Maria Di Bella, and freshman Grace Sill. Seven others had GPAs of at least 3.50.
On the men's side, Bridgeport (Conn.) was #1 with a 3.72, followed by Urbana (Ohio) at 3.71, and Carson-Newman (Tenn) at 3.65. Completing the top-five are Florida Tech with a 3.49 GPA, and Bentley (Mass.) with a 3.42.
The Moccasin men had four swimmers with 4.00 GPA: seniors Christian Gilbreath, Charles Gotsch, and Luka Planinc, and freshman Holt Ragsdale. Eleven others had GPAs of at least 3.50, including six that fell between 3.75 and 3.99.
The Florida Southern women had the highest team GPA of any team in the Sunshine State Conference, and only Florida Tech ranked ahead of Florida Southern among SSC men's teams. The SSC collectively had every one of its men's and women's teams earn the CSCAA Scholar All-America Team Award.