The Hope College men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams have been named to the College Swim Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Teams.
The Team Scholar All American Award for Spring 2014 is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams, who have achieved a cumulative team grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
The award is presented twice annually, once in the fall semester and again in the spring, to recognize teams achieving a 3.0 in the semester coinciding with the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA/CCCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
The Hope women, coached by John Patnott, recorded a 3.58 team GPA that was the 14th highest among the 138 Scholar All-America Women’s Teams honored.
The Hope men, coached by Patnott, had a team GPA of 3.10. The Flying Dutchmen were among 92 men’s teams recognized.
“We bring in really good kids who are dedicated to their school work,” Patnott said. “They’re constantly staying up with their school work because we work so many hours in a day. We tell them on a regular basis they’re not going to make a living at swimming. They need to take care of their studies. They’re very good about it.”