Heyde and St. Mary's Women's Swimming Honored by Coaches Association
Evanston, Ill. – The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) released the 2011-12 list of Division III Scholar All-America Women's Swimming Teams Tuesday afternoon and St. Mary's College of Maryland picked up their 14th consecutive team scholar award under the guidance of head coach Andre Barbins.
In addition, rising senior Kelly Heyde (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) was named a 2012 CSCAA Scholar All-America selection, becoming the first Seahawk to receive such an honor since the 2008-09 season when four St. Mary's women's swimmers were Scholar All-America picks.
St. Mary's achieved a 3.26 cumulative team grade point average for the 2011-12 academic year and were one of 123 Division III women's swimming programs to be honored. The Seahawks were one of four Capital Athletic Conference institutions to be honored by the CSCAA as Salisbury University (3.35 GPA), Marymount (Va.) University (3.06 GPA) and Frostburg State University (3.01 GPA) made the cut as well.
The Scholar All-America Team Award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams, who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The award is presented to teams achieving this standard in the fall semester and in the semester of the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships (Winter/Spring).
To be considered as a Scholar All-America selection, a student‐athlete must meet one of the following criteria's to be eligible: a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better (or the equivalent converted) on a 4.00 scale, a semester/quarter GPA of 3.5 or better (or the equivalent converted) on a 4.00 scale, or a school year GPA of 3.5 or better (or the equivalent converted) on a 4.00 scale as well as qualify to compete in the NCAA Championships.
Heyde achieved a 3.74 GPA for the 2011-12 school year as an English and art history double major and became just the second Seahawk in program history to qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships three times in their career, following in the footsteps of Rachel Hotchko '10. Heyde has competed in the 200 and 400 individual medley events as well as the 200 butterfly all three trips to the NCAA championships.
Heyde was one of three conference swimmers honored as Scholar All-Americans as University of Mary Washington's Megan DeSmit and Marymount University's Anna Macedonia were also honored. In all, 197 Division III female swimmers were recognized by the CSCAA for their achievements in the classroom.
The College Swimming Coaches Association is the oldest coaches' organization in America. In addition to Scholar All American Awards, the CSCAA recognizes All American Swimmers and Divers at the national championships every year. http://www.cscaa.org/