BOSTON, Mass. – The UMBC women's swimming and diving team earned the top team grade-point average for the all the swimming and diving programs in the America East Conference, the league announced Tuesday. The team registered a 3.29 GPA.
The team, which captured its third-straight America East crown this past February, was one of three programs to boast the highest GPA in their sport while also winning a conference championship. (Stony Brook men's cross country and Albany men's lacrosse were the others.)
UMBC women's swimming and diving, as well as the men's team, were recently honored by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) for having some of the top GPA's in the country.
The top team GPA's are part of the league'sWalter Harrison Academic Cup, which was recently named for the outgoing University of Hartford president in June 2017.
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UMBC's athletic program eclipsed the 3.00 mark for the 2016-17 academic year as the 17-sport program earned a 3.01 departmental grade-point average. The men's swimming and diving squad competed as part of the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association in 2016-17, but will re-join America East as the league re-institutes that sport championship for the 2017-18 campaign.
The women's cross country squad led the way by recording a 3.33 grade-point average for the academic year, which including a 3.55 mark in their competitive fall semester.
Under first-year head coach Ryan Moran, the men's lacrosse team produced a great spring on and off the field. UMBC finished second in America East and reached the league tournament for the first time since 2014 and led all Retriever programs in 2017 with a sterling 3.28 grade-point average
- Eighty-two UMBC (82) student-athletes earned 4.00 grade-point averages during the 2016-17 academic year, 39 in the fall and 43 in the spring.
- Sixty-one (61) percent of all Retriever student-athletes earned 3.00 grade-point averages or higher in the fall, 2016, while 56 percent achieved that mark in spring, 2017.