July 18, 2013
PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh’s swimming and diving team has truly epitomized the essence of student-athlete. The Panthers have received the Team Scholar All-American Award from the CSCAA (College Swimming Coaches Association of America). The Team Scholar All-American award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Pitt’s team cumulative grade point average was 3.35.
In 2013-2014, Pitt begins its inaugural season in the ACC, a very academically strong conference. Of the teams that achieved the Team Scholar All-American Award, ten (including Pitt) were from the ACC. Representing the ACC were Virginia Tech, Duke, Boston College, Louisville (joining the ACC in 2014), Notre Dame, Florida State, NC State, Virginia and North Carolina. Of these 10 schools, only Virginia Tech and Duke had a higher team grade point average than Pitt.
The Panthers also had seven members of the swimming and diving team earn individual honors. Kelsey Herbst was named CSCAA NCAA Division I Scholar All-American first team honoree after her senior season. The individual Scholar All-America award is presented to college and university swimming and divers who have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and have qualified for their respective national championship. Herbst is the Pitt school record holder in the 500, the 1000 and the 1650 yard freestyle, and was a member of the 800 freestyle relay team. By taking part in the NCAA Women’s National Championship Meet this past March, she qualified to be considered a Scholar All-American.
Six other members of Pitt’s swimming and diving team have been named Honorable Mention Scholar All-Americans. The Honorable Mention Scholar All-American award is presented to college and university swimmers and divers who have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and have achieved a “B” cut time standard, but did not qualify to compete in their respective national championship. Divers qualify by competing at their respective championship qualifying meets.
The Honorable Mention Scholar All-America honorees from Pitt for the women’s swimming and diving team are divers Alec Sheaffer (junior), Leigh Waltz (senior) and Samantha Winkelmann (sophomore), and swimmers Renee Deschenes (senior) and Veronica Lee (senior). Adam Maczewski, who just finished his senior year, and Jon Lierley (junior) were honored from the men’s team.
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