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The women’s swim team has been honored for having the second highest GPA in the nation

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Southwestern University student athletes capture another impressive title.

The College Swimming Coaches Association of America announced their 2012 Scholar All-America Team honors and the Southwestern men’s and women’s swimming teams were both named in the report with the women’s team capturing the second highest women’s team GPA in the nation out of all divisions, third out of both men’s and women’s.

The Pirate women’s squad boasted an impressive 3.69 team GPA this spring, just .1 of a point behind national leader Hope College. The Division I women’s leaders were Clemson University and the University of Alabama with 3.62 GPAs. Principia College men’s team took second place overall throughout all divisions with a 3.76 team GPA.

Five other 2011-12 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference schools were listed in the women’s report. Colorado College (3.42), Sewanee (3.4), Trinity (3.34), Hendrix (3.21) and Austin College (3.2) rounded out the list.

On the men’s side, Principia took top honors while Yale University led all Division I schools with a 3.62 team GPA. Southwestern (3.03) joined fellow 2011-12 SCAC schools Colorado College (3.45), Hendrix (3.38) and Sewanee (3.37) as Scholar All-America Teams.

The Pirate men’s and women’s team ended the 2011-12 season with a 6th place finish at the SCAC Championships. 19 swimmers return to this talented squad for the 2012-13 season beginning with the 6th Annual Open Water Swimming Collegiate National Championship in Austin on Oct. 6.