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Bama swimming and diving earns Team Scholar All-American recognition

CHICAGO, Ill. – The Alabama men's and women's swimming and diving teams both earned Team Scholar All-American recognition from the College Swimming Coaches Association after posting grade point averages over 3.3 this fall.

"We are extremely proud to have earned this award," UA head coach Eric McIlquham said. "It is especially gratifying, because it shows the entire program's commitment to excellence in the classroom."

The Crimson Tide men are ranked fifth nationally with a 3.32 while the women were 32nd with a 3.38 GPA. Alabama's men are the top ranked Southeastern Conference school, and the only league school ranked in the top 10 nationally. The UA women are fourth among SEC schools.

Individually, four of Alabama's women earned perfect 4.0 GPAs in the fall and 11 more earned better than a 3.5. On the men's side, two earned 4.0 GPAs and nine others earned over a 3.5.

"Our student-athletes work extremely hard in the water and in the classroom," McIlquham said. "As a program, we're dedicated to success in all aspects of the collegiate experience."

The Team Scholar All American award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams, that 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 and Diving Championships (Winter/Spring).

The Tide is coming off the SEC Championships where the men broke a pair of school records and put 18 swims among UA's all-time top 10 on the way to a sixth place team finish. The women also broke a pair of school records and put 15 swims among its all-time top 10, finishing ninth overall.

INFORMATION SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA ATHLETICS

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