HANOVER, N.H. – The Dartmouth swimming and diving teams were announced as two of the Division I Scholar All-America Teams by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) on Thursday. The Dartmouth men are ranked No. 4 and the Dartmouth women are ranked No. 10.
The Big Green were the only program in the country to have both their men’s and women’s teams represented in the top 10. The men’s squad was one of three Ivy League schools in the top five, following Yale and Harvard. The women held the highest GPA amongst the Ancient Eight for the second season in a row.
For the second consecutive year, the Bulldogs have the top GPA in the nation on the men’s side with Eastern Illinois finishing second. The Crimson and Big Green followed, while Boston College rounded out the top five.
In addition to the team accolade, four men’s swimmers and divers received recognition. After his stellar campaign in the pool and the classroom, junior Nejc Zupan was named to the CSCAA Division I Scholar All-America First Team. A trio of Zupan’s teammates earned Scholar All-America Honorable Mention as freshman James Verhagen, senior’s Will Derdeyn and Zack Doherty were rewarded for their hard work throughout the season.
All four swimmers garnered the academic accolade for the first time, and Verhagen and Zupan will return to the team in the fall.
The Team Scholar All American award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams, who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The award is presented twice annually, once in the fall semester/term and in the semester/term of the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships (winter/spring).