Swimmers Earn National Academic Kudos
News Release Date:
Thursday, August 6, 2009
WALLA WALLA, Wash. – The Whitman College swim teams have received national academic recognition from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.
| Coach Jenn Blomme
The Whitman men’s team, which placed third at the Northwest Conference Championships in February, was honored for having the 10th-highest team grade point average (gpa) among NCAA Division III schools.
With a team gpa of 3.41 on a 4.0 scale, the Whitman men finished just four one-hundredths of a percentage point behind Johns Hopkins University, which was fourth on the Division III list. Macalester College was first with a team gpa of 3.65.
Whitman was the only NWC school to be honored on the men’s list, which required a minimum team gpa of 3.0.
On the women’s side, Whitman topped a group of three NWC schools to reap national academic honors. The Whitman women, who finished fourth at February’s conference championship meet, finished with a 3.32 team gpa, just ahead of Whitworth University and its 3.31 mark. The University of Puget Sound women were further down the list with a 3.09 team gpa.
Noel Sollom-Brotherton, a Whitman senior, also earned Honorable Mention individual honors from CSCAA. He met the individual gpa requirements while notching a national championship provisional qualifying time in the 200-yard backstroke.
Sollom-Brotherton posted a number of strong swims at the 2009 NWC championships, placing second in the 200-yard backstroke and third in the 100-yard backstroke. He also was part of Whitman relay teams that set new school records.
Jenn Blomme coaches the Whitman swim teams. She begins her 10th season this fall.
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