Oct. 21, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale women's swimming and diving team, coached by Robert J.H. Kiphuth Director of Swimming Frank Keefe, ranks first in the country in team GPA, according to the recently released Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America Division I Academic All-American Team Rankings. The Bulldogs combined for a team GPA of 3.603, edging out New Mexico State (3.566) and Dartmouth (3.560). As a program, the women's team combined with the men's team to take second place, with a GPA of 3.552. Dartmouth took first with a GPA of 3.580 and coming in third was Lafayette (3.440).
Last year, the Bulldogs recorded a 3.490 GPA, which was the sixth-best in Division I swimming. The improvement of .113 in GPA allowed the Bulldogs to leap over the competition and move into first place.
The status of Academic All-American is awarded by the CSCAA to individuals who achieve a GPA of 3.500 or higher and qualify for the NCAA Championships. The minimum team requirement is a GPA of 3.000. This year a total of 125 teams - 81 women's and 44 men's - achieved the minimum GPA requirement. Individually, 91 women and 31 men earned the honor.
The complete rankings can be viewed here at the College Swimming Website.
Report filed by Charles Moore '10, Yale Sports Publicity