March 30, 2006
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Proving that they can be successful both in and out of the pool, the Miami University men's and women's swimming and diving teams have been recognized by the College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) as Division I Scholar All-American Teams. The men's team, which won its first Mid-American Conference title since 1999, finished the season with the 27th highest grade-point average (3.03), while the women's team, which finished among the top two in the MAC for the 13th consecutive year, posted the 14th-highest grade-point average (3.34).
Under head coach Pete Lindsay, the men's team was one of 31 Division I men's programs to post a GPA above 3.0. The team, which placed senior Zach Niehaus (3.38 GPA; finance) and junior Andy Amyot (3.32 GPA; history) on the all-MAC academic team, was one of three MAC schools finish with a GPA ranked among the top 30 schools. Miami's men's team also finished ninth in the Division I Mid-Major Poll, placed 12 athletes on the all-conference squads and had six different athletes win individual MAC titles.
Under the direction of head coach Dave Jennings, the women's team finished as one of 22 Division I women's programs with a GPA above 3.30. The team, which placed seniors Laura Armbruster (3.97 GPA; zoology), Maggi Bulla (3.87 GPA; exercise science), Katie Forster (3.22 GPA; physical education) and Christin Eberst (3.69 GPA; political science) on the all-MAC academic team, was one of two MAC schools to finish with a GPA ranked among the top 15 schools. Miami's women's team also finished second in the Division I Mid-Major Poll, placed seven athletes on the all-conference squads and won three MAC titles at the conference meet.
The CSCAA designates any swimming team with a GPA above 2.80 in Division's I, II and III as a Scholar All-American team. A total of 275 teams at 170 institutions were honored this season. Division III Washington University led all men's teams with a 3.49 GPA, while Macalester College, also a Division III school, led the women's teams with a 3.60 GPA. The individual Scholar All-American selections will be announced in June.