Women's Swimming

Women's Swimming Named CSCAA Division I Academic All-American Squad

Samantha Demty

Samantha Demty

Sept. 21, 2007

AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts women's swimming and diving team has been named a Division I Academic All-American Squad as announced by by College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). In all, an astonishing 111 Division I women's teams earned Academic All-America honors. Nine had team grade point averages of 3.50 or better, while 104 scored 3.0 or higher. As a team, the Minutewomen posted a 3.107 GPA and were one of six Atlantic 10 Conference teams on the list.

"I'm very proud of my team for what they have consistently accomplished in the classroom," said head coach Bob Newcomb. "We have a highly dedicated group who understand the importance of doing well in both the classroom and in the pool and this honor is a reflection of their hard work."

Collectively, the Minutewomen have shown their commitment to high academic standards throughout the last decade. In fourteen of the last seventeen semesters the team grade point average has succeeded 3.0, with a high of 3.24 in Spring 2004. The UMass Women's Swimming and Diving team also received the Academic All-American honor in 2005.

Senior Samantha Demty (Seekonk, Mass.) proved her excellent work ethic both in and out of the pool. In the 2006-07 season Demty earned the Academic All-Atlantic 10 accolades and she also received the team's Spike Award for having the hardest work ethic. Demty was named to the Atlantic 10 Fall and Spring Commisssioner's Honor Rolls in the 2006-07 season as one of eight Minutewomen represented on those lists.

Also earning A-10 Honor Roll status last season were Susan Allen, Vanessa Fleguel, Mary Jenkins, Meghan O'Connell, Melissa Pond, Karen Upperco, Allison Volpe.



UMass will face a fellow Academic All-American squad, the Boston University Terriers, on October 13, 2007, at 1:00PM in Amherst, Mass., at the Joseph Rogers Pool for the season-opening meet.


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