Mering Tops Whitman Swimmers in Academic Honors

News Release Date:
Monday, July 30, 2012

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Whitman College swimmer Karl Mering has been named to the 2012 Scholar All-America Team as chosen by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).

Karl Mering

Mering, who starts his sophomore year this fall, is one of 87 NCAA Division III men's swimmers from around the country named to the team.

The honor goes to swimmers who maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 while also qualifying for the national championships.

Mering capped his freshman season last spring by qualifying for the national championships in the 100-yard butterfly.

He then competed in three events at nationals, making his best showing in the 200-yard butterfly. He won the consolation finals in that event, placing ninth overall while breaking his own school record by more than three seconds.

While Mering has yet to declare his academic major, he plans to major in music with a possible double major in history. He continues to take jazz and classical piano lessons, and he plays keyboard with Clusterfunk, a Boise, Idaho, band.

Mering is not the only Whitman swimmer singled out for academic honors this summer by the CSCAA. Teammates Mitchell Lee and Katie Chapman received Honorable Mention recognition on the Scholar All-America teams.

Lee, who graduated in May, and Chapman, who starts her senior season this fall, also maintained grade point averages of 3.5 or higher (4.0 scale) while posting provisional qualifying times for the national championships. Their provisional times, however, fell short of getting either swimmer into the national finals.

Chapman's Honorable Mention recognition was her second such honor in two years.

In other CSCAA academic awards announced this summer, both the Whitman men's and women's squads retained their status as Scholar All-America Teams by posting combined team GPAs of at least 3.0.

Katie Chapman
Mitchell Lee

A total of 19 Whitman men combined for a team GPA of 3.40. Kevin Dyer, who starts his senior year this fall, led the way with a 3.88 gpa. Lee was close behind at 3.84.

Other Whitman men showing cumulative GPAs of 3.5 or higher, in addition to Mering, were May graduates Matt Liedtke, Chris Bendix and Ian Williams, seniors-to-be Tyler Hurlburt and Joey Gottlieb, and junior Shunei Asao.

The Whitman women notched a 3.39 team GPA.

Helen Jenne, who starts her senior year this fall, paced the women with a 3.90 cumulative gpa. Chapman was next at 3.74 while six others topped the 3.5 mark: Lena Page (May graduate), seniors-to-be Libby Arnosti, Erin Kiskaddon and Genay Pilarowski, junior Keller Hawkins and sophomore Rachael Barton.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.; (509) 527-5902