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July 19, 2013

Vikings gain recognition for academic work from CSCAA

Both the men's and women's swimming and diving teams at Augustana were honored by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) as Scholar All-America teams for the 2012-13 school year.

Both the men's and women's swimming and diving programs at Augustana added academic honors to their in-the-pool accomplishments from the 2012-13 season. The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) honored both genders of the Vikings' program with Scholar All-America status, it was announced today.

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).  

Scott Johannsen is the head coach for both the men's and women's teams and both squads were honored for their respective work in the classroom. The women posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 while the men were 3.14.  

During the 2012-13 season five members of the men's team and eight from the women's team were honored as academic all-conference selections in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin for having individual grade point averages above 3.30.  

The men finished the year with a 5-1 dual meet record and a fourth place finish in the CCIW. During the course of the campaign five individual and three relay school records were broken. Johannsen's women went 3-3 and placed fourth in the CCIW, breaking a total of seven school records during the year.  

The CSCAA Scholar All-America Team is sponsored by Nike. Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America is the oldest professional organization of college coaches in America.  The CSCAA is dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming and diving at the collegiate level.