Norfolk, Va.—Four Retriever men and two women were named CSCAA (Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America) Scholar All-American, it was announced on Wednesday. On the men's side, senior Leo Endres (Bamberg, Germany/Kaiser Heinrich Gymnasium), freshman Alexander Gliese (Columbia, Md./Long Reach), junior Gregor Spoerlein (Bamberg, Germany/Clavius Gymnasium) and sophomore Nikola Trajkovic (Zrenjanin, Serbia/Zrenjaninska Gimnazija) earned the honor, while senior Coco Darelius (Rye, N.Y./Rye) and junior Emily Escobedo (New Rochelle, N.Y./Maria Regina) earned honors on the women's side.
The four men, as well as Darelius earned honorable mention laurels, for earning an NCAA "B" cut, while achieving at least a 3.50 grade-point-average during the year. Darelius earned honorable mention for competing in the NCAA Zone Diving meet, while maintaining a 3.50 GPA.
Escobedo earned All-American status for holding a 3.50 GPA, while also competing at the NCAA Championships this year. She became the first Retriever and America East competitor to medal at the meet, taking bronze in the 200 breaststroke at the championships. She will also take part in the U.S.A. Olympic Swimming Trials next week in Omaha, Neb., held at the CenturyLink Center.
"We are so proud of our student athletes. Our team continues to strive for excellence in the classroom and the pool. Emily, Coco, Leo, Alexander, Greg and Nikola are examples of athletes who work hard and are dedicated to their sport and their academics as well. They believe in the process and themselves," said Head Coach Chad Cradock.
About the CSCAA:
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) – the oldest organization of college coaches in America -is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming & diving at the collegiate level.