March 8, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash.-- The Washington State University women's swim team added academic prowess to its athletic accomplishments this season. The program continued its academic excellence by receiving a ranking of 13th in the nation by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America based on grade-point average for the fall 2000 semester.
This marks the seventh consecutive semester Cougar swimming has been ranked in the top 15 nationally. The team's overall GPA of 3.32 also ranks first in the Pacific-10 Conference for the fourth year in a row.
"Being number one in the Pac-10 academically, and continuing the tradition we have started here means a lot," WSU coach Rocco Aceto said. "But our immediate goal has to be getting back into the top 10 nationally."
The continued academic achievement comes on the heels of one of the most successful seasons for Washington State in the pool. Early in the season, the Cougars beat intrastate rival Washington for the first time ever in a dual meet, then went on to establish a program record nine wins during the dual-meet season. At the Pac-10 Championships, the team recorded its best ever performance, finishing in seventh place and breaking eight school records. Next week, WSU sophomore Melissa Hubley has a chance to continue this success when she competes at the NCAA Championships, March 15-17.