Boilermakers Earn Scholastic Honor

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM John Klinge's team posted a cumulative GPA that ranked fourth in the NCAA for the second straight semester.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
John Klinge's team posted a cumulative GPA that ranked fourth in the NCAA for the second straight semester.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Feb. 5, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The 22nd-ranked Purdue women’s swimming and diving team was named to the Scholar-Athlete All-American list by the College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) on Friday.

“I’m very proud of our swimmers and divers,” head coach John Klinge said. “For the second semester in a row, we’ve been ranked in the top five in the country academically, and I’m happy that all of their hard work is being recognized.”

Purdue tied for fourth in the NCAA with its 3.48 team grade-point average. The Boilermakers finished just one-hundredth of a point behind conference leader Illinois. Minnesota, Ohio State, Northwestern, Indiana and Michigan also made the list to give the Big Ten seven conference schools represented.

Gardner-Webb’s 3.52 grade-point average led the list, which recognizes all NCAA programs with a GPA of 3.00 or higher. The Bulldogs were followed by Akron and Illinois, which both recorded 3.49 marks for the fall semester. Rounding out the top five in a tie for fourth with the Boilermakers was George Washington.

Purdue has posted the fourth-highest team GPA in the country for the second consecutive semester. In the spring of 2009, the Boilermakers had a team GPA of 3.54 to stand alone in fourth among all NCAA women’s swimming and diving programs and lead the Big Ten.

Purdue, which finished its regular season with a 6-3 record, doubled the amount of wins it earned last season and recorded the program’s highest win total since 2005-06. The Boilermakers return to the pool Feb. 17-20 when the Boilermaker Aquatic Center hosts the Big Ten Championships.