BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs were both recently honored when the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) released its Spring Team and Individual Academic All-American Teams.
To be eligible for the team award, the entire swimming and diving squad must average at least 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. There are three categories recognized, including Commendable (2.80 or higher), Excellent (3.00 or higher) and Superior (3.25 or higher).
Bethany’s men’s team narrowly missed out on earning Superior status when it finished the spring semester with a 3.19 GPA, the 33rd best among the 72 Division III schools that were recognized. Five of the eight BC men’s swimmers earned higher than a 3.0 during the spring and three of those, including graduates Noyan Eyigor (Istanbul, Turkey/Mt. Sinai) and Damien Sanzotti (Butler, Pa.) and senior Greg Mowrer (Gordonville, Pa./Pequea Valley) earned spots on the PAC Academic Honor Roll after achieving a 3.6 or higher GPA.
For the women, Bethany’s team finished with a collective GPA of 2.89. Four Bison earned 3.0 or better during the spring, with graduate Dana Culbert (North Huntingdon, Pa./Norwin) placing her name on the PAC Academic Honor Roll.
To see Bethany’s swimming and diving programs ranked among the nation’s academic elite has become quite common during head coach John McGowan’s 26 years at the helm. This semester’s honors bring the teams’ combined Academic All-American honors to 57, including 26 for the men and 31 for the women.
Although they didn’t finish at the top of the list this year, both teams have been ranked first before. The men were the top academic team in the nation in 2001, while the women earned the highest GPA in the country in 1989.