Norfolk, VA - The College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has selected a record 1,069 swimmers and divers for its Scholar All-America team. The award recognizes students that have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and competed at their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
In addition to the 1,069 first-team selections, 1,137 students were named as Honorable Mentioned selections. These students have similarly achieved a GPA of 3.50 and achieved a "B" time standard or competed at an NCAA Regional or Zone Diving qualifier. In total, 289 teams placed at least one individual on the First or Second teams.
Included in the Honorable Mention group was recent KSC graduate Hope Walsh. Walsh is the first-ever three-time LEC Swimmer of the Year, and earned the award once again after winning each of her three individual events at the conference championship meet. She won the 1,650 freestyle with a championship and facility record time of 17:28.87 to start the meet before placing first in the 200 freestyle (1:59.53) and 500 freestyle (5:20.50), before picking up her fourth title of the day as a member of the winning 400 freestyle relay. From Hampden, Mass., Walsh led the Owls to their 12th straight LEC Championship title and earned LEC Swimmer of the Week honors four times this season.
She graduates holding school records in the 500 free (5:03.06), 1,000 free (10:20.93), 1,650 free (17:21.95), 200 back (2:06.78), and 800 free relay (7:45.16). In the classroom, she graduated with a degree in graphic design, with a GPA of 3.75 and was a three-time LEC Academic All-Conference selection as well as an inductee into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National Athletic Honor Society. She was also chosen as Academic All-Conference by the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association.