HOUSTON - The University of Houston Swimming & Diving program was honored for its strong efforts in the classroom on Wednesday, as it was named a Scholar All-America Team by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, CSCAA. In addition, nine student-athletes were honored as Honorable Mention Scholar All-Americans.
Katelyn Abernathy, Cameron Balkom, Micaela Bouter, Zarena Brown, Lauren Burrell, Cait Horner, Peyton Kondis, Laura Laderoute and Victoria Roubique earned Scholar All-American honors for their outstanding work in the pool and the classroom.
“I’m excited for the recognition that each student-athlete received,” Swimming & Diving Head Coach Ryan Wochomurka said. “Each of them are pursuing their academic and athletic pursuits at the highest level. It is encouraging that the number of student-athletes honored continues to grow and we hope to continue that upward trajectory.”
The Cougars qualified as a Scholar All-America Team by posting a team GPA of 3.45 during the spring, the team’s best spring semester GPA in program history, as well as their highest cumulative GPA following a spring semester (3.33). The Team Scholar All-America award is presented to swimming & diving teams which have achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the semester coinciding with the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
Abernathy, Balkom, Bouter, Brown, Burrell, Horner, Kondis, Laderoute and Roubique each earned individual Scholar All-American honors by finishing the semester with a GPA over 3.5 and earning an NCAA `B' Cut or qualifying for the NCAA Zone Championships.
Bouter, Kondis and Laderoute each won individual championships at The American Athletic Conference Championships in February, while Bouter was also named The American Female Scholar Athlete of the Year.
The Swimming & Diving team led all Houston programs with Abernathy, Horner, Kondis and Claire Liptak recording perfect 4.0 GPAs.
“I’m very proud of their athletic achievement and their pursuit of becoming Champions for Life,” Wochomurka said.
The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) - the oldest organization of college coaches in America - is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming at the collegiate level.
The CSCAA recognizes outstanding achievements by coaches and swimmers; promotes communication and cooperation both within the sport of swimming and with our fellow Olympic sports; protects, promotes and seeks to expand competitive intercollegiate swimming programs; recommends rules and regulations to the NCAA; sponsors events; certifies new coaches; provides ongoing educational and leadership training for coaches and athletes; and serves as a source of information to its membership and for the general public.
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