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Swim: Eastern Scholar All-America Again

For second time this year, Warriors recognized by CSCAA for academics

swimteam72dpi_4339.jpgWILLIMANTIC, Conn. - For the fourth time overall and second time in 2011/12, the Eastern Connecticut State University women's swim team has achieved Division III Scholar All-America status from the College Swimming Coaches' Association of America (CSCAA).

As a team, Eastern's 25 student-athletes achieved an aggregate grade-point average of 3.13 this past spring under 16-year head coach Maureen Fahey, whose teams have featured 25 selections to the Little East Conference All-Academic Team in the five-year history of the award and 43 E-Club Scholar-Athlete Award recipients in 16 years.

 The CSCAA recognizes college swim programs with fall and spring GPAs of 3.00 or better with Scholar All-America status. This past spring, 130 Division III women's swim programs nationwide earned that honor.  Eastern was also recognized with Scholar-All-America status in the fall when it compiled a fall semester GPA of 3.04.

"The success that our swimmers have achieved in and out of the pool is a testament to Coach Fahey's commitment toward developing well-rounded student athletes," praised Dr. Jeff Konin, Eastern's director of athletics. "This recognition by the CSCAA reflects our student-athletes' dedication to Eastern's  mission."

This past year, more than one-third of Eastern's swimmers who were eligible for inclusion on the LEC All-Academic Team qualified by amassing cumulative GPAs of at least 3.30. Those qualifiers included senior Samantha Armitage (Bristol), junior Kelly Hill (Port Tobacco, MD) and sophomores Marissa Colley (East Haven), Colleen King (Barkhamsted), Amanda Rivers (Meriden) and Mackenzie Russo (New Milford).  Armitage and classmates Andzelina Chmielewski (Enfield), Jennifer Dufraine (Somers) and Nadine Menard (Woodstock) earned E-Club Scholar-Athlete Awards, which are presented to juniors and senior athletes with cumulative GPAs of at least 3.15.

This past year, Eastern set a program season record for winning percentage (.889) with an 8-1 record and went on to post a fourth-place finish (second among Division III institutions) at the Division II-III New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Division Championships. At that meet, nine individuals were accorded All-New England status a total of 26 times   


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