NORFOLK, Va. – The UMBC women's swimming and diving team as received the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Team Award for the Spring of 2014, the organization announced on Thursday morning.
During the spring semester, the Retriever squad accumulated a team grade-point-average of 3.35 on a standard 4.0 scale. UMBC is one of three America East teams to receive the team accolade, joining New Hampshire (3.51) and Vermont (3.34) as honorees. The Retrievers also received the award for the fall semester after posting a 3.35 team GPA.
The Team Scholar All-America Award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams who have achieved a grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher. The award is presented twice annually, once in the fall semester and again in the spring to recognize teams achieving a 3.0 in the semester coinciding with the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA/CCCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
"Our women have proven over the course of the year that they have a real drive and focus in their academics, which has alleviated the stress and allowed us to focus on our athletic performance as well," said head coach Chad Cradock. "We as a staff are extremely proud of our women and know that they will continue to excel academically in the upcoming year."
The Retriever women's squad posted a 4-3 record in dual meets during the 2013-14 season before finishing second to UNH at the 2014 America East Championships in Worcester, Mass. Freshman Emily Escobedo swept the breast stroke events, earned a bronze in the 200 IM, and was named the meet's Most Outstanding Rookie and Most Outstanding Swimmer. She went on to represent UMBC at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, becoming the third Retriever female, and fourth swimmer overall, to advance to the national meet.
UMBC had three athletes – Corinna Darelius, Catherine Frediana, Patty Hallberg – gain a spot on the America East All-Academic Team and 22 athletes named to the America East Honor Roll. In addition, 13 athletes received a spot on the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America is the oldest professional organization of college coaches in America. The CSCAA is dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming and diving at the collegiate level.