WHEELING - The Wheeling Jesuit Women's swim team has again been honored with Scholar All-American status for the fall 2013 semester.
The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) presents the prestigious honor of "Team Scholar All Americans" to college and university swimming and diving teams who have achieved a team cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
The Lady Cardinal's earned a 3.13 average.
There are over 200 Division 2 women's swimming teams in the United States and only 58 were presented with this outstanding award.
Senior leader Paige Carpenetti, a Chemistry major, has received this award multiple times during her time at Wheeling Jesuit, along with helping the team earn a MEC championship, while attaining a 3.9 GPA.
"The team worked very hard both athletically and academically and I'm so proud of all we have accomplished," said Carpenetti. "Making Academic All American again is a huge honor that displays the team dedication outside of the pool. It is one thing to devote time to swimming and finish the season with two Conference Championships, but to do so while maintaining a team GPA above 3.0 is an achievement on a whole new level."
Sophomore,Vanessa Gipson added to her individual award last season for achieving National qualifying times and a 3.5 GPA. "Being an Academic All American is a great honor. Not only does it represent all of my goals, but it shows that the whole team shares one goal, fast swimming and great grades. It also shows us and the university that hard work will pay off in the end," says Gipson.
"I am very proud of everything the women have accomplished this year, but the Academic All American achievement is most gratifying," said WJU head swimming coach Mike Meyers. "To get 34 young women and men to excel in the classroom at a prestigious institution like Wheeling Jesuit, and, excel as Conference Championships is what every coach could ever hope for. I enjoy coaching them each and every day."