Aug. 19, 1999
PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University swim team finished in a tie for seventh place in the nation, according to the College Swim Coaches Association.
The swimmers, who were locked in a tie with Harvard, posted a 3.35 grade point average during spring semester.
"We actually didn't improve on our rankings," said swim coach Rocco Aceto, whose Cougars boasted the second best GPA (3.38) the previous semester. "One of our goals, I think it would be a little immature for me to believe, would be to be academic national champs, each semester. But what I do expect is to be a perennial Top 10, and that's a goal and that something we've achieved.
Aceto believes his team's success in the classroom stems from "recruiting smart people who are able swim fast."
"I think we are creating a very Ivy League mentality that I feel good about," Aceto said. The quote I have on the back of the media guide is "swimming is a part time love, education is an everlasting process."
Two of the leaders in the classroom are team captain Kelley Miedema and Eli Schmied. The two are pre-med majors and Aceto believes he will one day be calling them both "Dr."