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WSU Women's Swim Team Recognized For Academic Excellence
Courtesy: Washington State Athletics
Release: 04/10/2000
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April 10, 2000

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State women's swimming team finished third nationally in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) fall academic poll with a 3.39 combined grade-point average.

The Cougars repeat their appearance among the nation's top 10 Division I swimming programs for the third straight year. Last season, WSU placed second overall earning "superior" recognition by the CSCAA. In 1997-98, WSU finished 10th with an "excellent" distinction.

"I am excited to remain in the top 10 against other school's of higher education," WSU coach Rocco Aceto said. "We set the goal of perennially being in the top 10, but the national title continues to elude us by a very small margin."

Manhattan College took first with a 3.41 GPA, while the University of Buffalo followed with a 3.397 GPA. Pac-10 rival California finished 28th with a 3.16 GPA.

"WSU swimming continues to hold the top team GPA in the Pac-10 which is another great accomplishment - against great schools," Aceto said. "I feel we develop the true student-athlete with WSU swimmers."

Along with the academic honors awarded by the CSCAA, the Cougars had four seniors honored on the Pac-10 Conference All-Academic Team. Kelley Miedema (Cape Town, South Africa) and Eli Schmied (Woodinville) captured first team honors, while Gretchen Chambers (Adelaide, Australia) finished second team and Suzie Muirhead (Mukilteo) honorable mention.

"It's an honor," Schmied said. "It takes a huge amount of work to swim fast and get good grades. I'm glad all of our hard work has paid off."


(1) Manhattan College3.41
(2) University of Buffalo3.397
(3) Washington State University3.39
(4) Xavier University3.38
(5) University of Denver3.369
(6) Georgetown University3.361
(7) Saint Louis University3.35
(8) Western Kentucky University3.317
(9) Purdue University3.31
(10) Duquesne University3.31

Washington State Cougars Women's Swimming