Rams Earn CSCAA Scholar All-American Recognition for Fall Semester

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

KINGSTON, R.I.- The University of Rhode Island women's swimming & diving team has been selected by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) as a Scholar All-American team, the association announced Tuesday afternoon. 

"I can't remember the last time we weren't recognized by the CSCAA for our academics," head coach Mick Westkott said. "It's been forever. It's just part of who we are." 

The Rams have, in fact, earned the CSCAA Scholar All-American recognition every semester since 2002. Westkott's team posted a 3.42 grade-point average for the fall 2018 semester, with 15 of the team's 23 members being named to the Dean's List. 

Senior Nicole Petta was one of five team members that earned a 4.0 GPA. Petta has already been named a CSCAA Scholar All-American twice in her carer. In order to be selected for the Scholar All-America team, student-athletes must achieve a GPA of 3.50 or higher and have participated in their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, according to the CSCAA website.  

The CSCAA is the governing coaches association in collegiate swimming and diving. It is involved in collegiate swimming and diving in numerous ways, including holding coaching clinics, sponsoring winter training trips for college teams, promoting professionalism amongst college coaches and student-athletes and releasing team and singular academic All-American honors. 

A record 713 teams from 460 institutions were selected to the Scholar All-America team for the Fall 2018 semester, representing 16,502 student-athletes.