Men’s Swimming and Diving Posts Nation's Third-Best Team GPA
The 2012-13 Harvard men's swimming and diving team was one of the highest achieving academic programs in the nation (photo courtesy Kevin Burns).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team earned the third-best grade-point average in the nation, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) announced today. Nine student-athletes were also named to the Scholar All-American squads, including four on the first team.
The Crimson's team GPA totaled 3.46 for its second straight year in the No. 3 spot. Only Yale (3.57) and Eastern Illinois (3.47 posted higher marks in 2012-13. It is also the third straight season Harvard has been in the top three.
To be named to the Scholar All-America list, student-athletes must have a semester or cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. First team honorees must qualify for the national championship meet, while honorable mention selections have to achieve a 'B' time standard.
Oliver Lee, Mike Mosca, Griffin Schumacher and Zach Walters were honored on the first team, while Christian Carbone, Matthew Karle, Steven Kekacs, Jacob Luna and Christian Yeager were named honorable mention.
Lee was a conference champion as a member of the 200 free, 400 free and 400 medley relay teams and also finished second in the 100 free (43.62) at the Ivy League meet. He finished 39th in the 50 yard free (19.98), was also part of the 400 yard free relay team (2:55.04) that finished 22nd at the NCAA Championships and also competed in the 400 yard medley relay and the 100 yard free at the NCAA event.
Mosca was the best diver in the Ivy League this past season, as he earned the Karl B. Michael High Point Diver of the Meet at the Ivy League Championships. He owns program records in the one- and three-meter events and also placed 32nd in the one-meter dive (262.60) and 28th in the three-meter dive (311.60) at the NCAA Championships in 2013.
Schumacher has been a part of four Harvard relay records and helped the Crimson to three top-22 finishes at the NCAA Championships. He was part of the 200 free relay team that took 19th (1:18.82), the 400 free relay team that went for 22nd (2:55.04) and the 800 free relay team that finished 22nd (6:28.35).
Walters also contributed to the relay efforts of Harvard at the NCAA event, competing in two relays. He was part of the 400 yard free relay team (2:55.04) and 800 yard free relay team (6:28.35) that both placed 22nd.
The honorable mention award winners all narrowly missed the NCAA Championships with 'B' qualifying times. Carbone (200 fly, 200 IM, 400 IM), Luna (100 fly, 200 fly, 200 IM) and Yeager (200 back, 200 IM, 400 IM) each had three 'B' times, while Kekacs picked up two (500 free, 1650 free) and Karle had one (400 IM).