GRANVILLE, Ohio – Denison University men's and women's swimming & diving led the nation's Division III colleges with 30 College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-Americans across both genders. The defending national champion men's swimming & diving team ranked second in the nation among men's programs with 16 Scholar All-Americans. The women's team, who placed third in the nation at this year's national championship, was also third in Division III with its 14 Scholar All-Americans.
In addition to Denison's 30 Scholar All-American's, both the men's program and the women's program received the Scholar All-America team award. The women's team boasted a cumulative grade point average of 3.46 while the men's squad posted a cumulative GPA of 3.32. During head coach Gregg Parini's 32 seasons leading the swimming & diving program, the women's team has been named to the Scholar All-America team every year since his arrival in Granville while the men's team has been awarded the prestigious honor 31 times.
The Denison men's swimming & diving team is coming off its fifth national championship in nine years after a dominant performance at the Division III Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina in March. Scholar All-America honors from the men's squad went to James Baker, Francis Biagioli, Carson Clear, PJ Desmet, Jacob Edwards, Tiernan Foster-Smith, Matt Hedman, Drake Horton, Piotr Kurleto, Matt McHugh, Sam O'Malley, Liam Picozzi, Chas Sigloh, Jacob von der Lippe, Bebe Wang, and Brett Weicht.
The Big Red women's swimming & diving team reached the podium once again after a third-place national finish at the 2019 NCAA Division III Championship. That ran the DU women's streak of top-4 national finishes to 12 consecutive years. The program also has an impressive streak of top-7 finishes dating back to 1987 (33-years). Scholar All-America honors from the women's squad were awarded to Annalise Cheshire, Mia Chiappe, Caroline Colville, Maddie Hopkins, Erica Hsu, Grace Kacmarek, Casey Kirby, KT Kustritz, Angela Le, Kate Mesaros, Gabriella Nutter, Hannah Rusinko, Zoe Whelan, and Natalie Zaravella.
Last month, five Denison swimmers were named to the prestigious Google Cloud Academic All-America® teams selected by CoSIDA. While also being named a first-team selection, Bebe Wang was announced as the Google Cloud Academic All-America® Team Member of the Year following a trio of national titles in 2019 (200 I.M., 400 and 800 free relays) and a 3.96 GPA in physics and mathematics. Carson Clear and Drake Horton rounded out the men's team honors as third-team selections, while KT Kustritz was named to the Academic All-America® second-team and Natalie Zaravella earned a third-team selection. The five honorees ran Denison's total of Academic All-America selections to 96, ranking the college among the leaders in Division III.
The Scholar All American award is presented to college and university swimmers and divers, who have achieved both academic and athletic excellence over the semester/quarter coinciding with their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA (National) Swimming and Diving Championships. In order to be selected, student-athletes must:
- Have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.50 or higher. This can be cumulative for an athlete's career or the semester/ quarter that coincides with their respective national championship OR cumulative GPA.
- Be in good standing with their team and institution throughout the entire season;
- Be nominated by a current CSCAA member or their designee by the entry deadline;
- Have achieved minimum athletic standards:
- For All-American Status, have qualified for - and competed - at their respective national
championship either as an individual or as a part of a relay.
- For Honorable-Mention Status, have achieved an individual "B" time standard or competed in their respective NCAA diving qualification meet.
- Individuals achieving "B" standards as a part of a relay are not eligible.
- Divers who qualified for, but did not compete at their respective NCAA diving qualification meet are not eligible.