COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) announced its Scholar All-America team winners Tuesday afternoon, with both the Hanover men's and women's swim programs receiving honors.
The Panthers are earning their first academic team awards from CSCAA. Behind the guidance of head coach Blake Braden, Hanover has two of the 33 teams that are picking up the award for the first time, which includes 13 total squads at the NCAA Division III level.
The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference was well represented Tuesday, with eight total men's and women's teams receiving the award. Of the six conference institutions that are competing in swimming and diving this year, three earned the honor for both their men's and women's squads. Hanover was joined by Franklin and Rose-Hulman on the list of double recipients.
Hanover's women's swim team is currently in its first full season as a varsity level program. The Panther men returned to varsity competition this winter after a program-hiatus since the 1970's.
To earn the CSCAA academic honor, teams were required to post a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 or high for the 2018 Fall Semester and maintain a roster of 12 or more student-athletes.
The Blue and Red will return to the pool on Saturday, Feb. 2, as they prepare for the HCAC Championships with a trip to Rose-Hulman. Competition is slated to begin at 1 p.m., inside the Rose-Hulman Natatorium.
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) – the oldest organization of college coaches in America – is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming & diving at the collegiate level.
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