posted July 17, 2012

Excellence in the Classroom a Hallmark for Hope Swimmers/Divers

Elite 89 Honoree Chelsea Wiese

Highlighted by an amazing nation-leading cumulative grade point average by the women's team, both Hope College swimming and diving teams have been named to the Scholar All-America team of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.

The women's team led all Division III programs with a 3.79 grade point average on a 4.0 scale during the second semester of the 2011-12 school year.  The men's team, meanwhile, ranked sixth nationally with a cumulative 3.46 GPA. The Hope teams are coached by John Patnott.

The GPA of the Flying Dutch topped all NCAA Divisions, men and women.

The teams were also recently named to the Academic Honor Roll of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA).

One member of the women's team, senior Chelsea Wiese of  Rochester (Rochester Adams HS), was presented the NCAA Elite 89 award for maintaining the highest cumulative grade point average among all of the competitors at the 2012  NCAA Division III swimming and diving championship. The Elite 89 award is presented to the top scholar-athlete at each of the 89 NCAA championships held over the year.