GW Swimming and Diving Teams Achieve CSCAA Scholar All-America Status
Bolognesi, Fath, Hokfelt, Zhang, and Simon earn Individual Scholar All-America Accolades
WASHINGTON -- The George Washington men's and women's swimming and diving teams have been named College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Teams for the Spring 2017 semester.
To be selected as a CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, programs must have achieved a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher during the spring semester. GW's women's squad posted a team GPA of 3.33 this spring, while the men's team achieved a 3.10 team GPA to wrap the 2016-17 academic year. In 12 of the last 13 semesters, both squads have earned CSCAA Scholar All-America distinction. GW is one of 443 institutions to receive Scholar All-America Team recognition, and the Colonials are among more than 700 teams to grab the honor.
"At GW, we are committed to a great student-athlete experience, and we have high expectations in the classroom, pool, and community for our teams," said head coach James Winchester. "It is a privilege for our teams to be honored for their academic excellence, and as a staff we are proud of their efforts in the classroom."
Andrea Bolognesi, Moritz Fath, Gustav Hokfelt, Emily Zhang, and Miranda Simon led the Colonials in the classroom to earn individual Scholar All-America accolades. Bolognesi was named to the CCSA Scholar All-America First Team, while Fath, Hokfelt, Zhang, and Simon landed on the honorable mention squad.
To be selected, a student must have achieved a GPA of 3.50 or higher and have participated in their respective Swimming and Diving Championships. Honorable mention candidates similarly needed to have a GPA of 3.50 and have earned a "B" time standard or competed at a regional or zone qualifying meet.
"Our individual honorees have shown a commitment to excellence in the pool and the classroom," said Winchester. "Their efforts in the pool at a national level have definitely raised the profile of our program, and combined with their talents in the classroom, have shown what it means to be a true representative of our University."
Bolognesi proved his prowess in the pool, becoming an NCAA and CSCAA All-American for the second straight year and taking ninth in the nation in the 100-yard breaststroke to win the B Final in 52.07. As the program's first-ever All-American, the economics major adds another accolade to his already decorated college career with Scholar All-America First Team honors.
In his freshman campaign, Fath helped the Colonials win their first-ever Atlantic 10 Conference title after winning the 500-yard freestyle at the Atlantic 10 Championships in a GW record time of 4:25.01 and taking gold in the 200 free in a GW record and NCAA `B' cut time of 1:37.35. The business administration major was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team and earned A-10 Rookie of the Week honors twice in his debut collegiate season.
As a team captain for the 2016-17 season, Hokfelt set the GW and A-10 record with his gold medal and NCAA `B' cut time of 46.94 in the 100 backstroke and won gold in the 200 back with his A-10 and GW record time of 1:43.70, and NCAA `B' cut performance, while leading the Colonials to their first-ever conference title. The public health major was also named a 2017 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar for his excellence in the classroom, on campus, and in the community.
Zhang earned a spot on the Atlantic 10 Second Team All Conference after shattering four GW school records, including anchoring the 400 free relay to help the Colonials take second in a time of 3:23.08 at the Atlantic 10 Championships. The international affairs major was recognized on the GW Athletics Academic Dean's list, the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll, and was named a 2017 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar.
Named to the Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team, Simon posted two NCAA Zone qualifying scores this season and set a program record on the platform at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships with a score of 152.50 to finish 20th. A native of Pittsburgh, the business administration major took eighth overall at the Atlantic 10 Championships on 3-meter with a score of 224.11 and was named to both the GW Athletics Academic Dean's List and A-10 Commission's Honor Roll for her excellence in the classroom.
"These academic honors are a perfect ending to a very successful 2016-17 season, and we look forward to building upon these successes as we head into next season," said Winchester.
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