SPOKANE, Wash. – Both of Whitworth's swimming teams and three individual Pirates were recently recognized for academic excellence during the 2017-18 season by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).
Whitworth's women's and men's programs each were designated as Scholar All-America teams for the spring semester by the CSCAA. To be selected as a CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, programs must have achieved a grade point average of 3.00 or higher over the spring semester. The women's team had a cumulative GPA of 3.45, while the Pirate men posted a GPA of 3.23.
In addition, three Whitworth swimmers were granted individual recognition on the CSCAA Scholar All-America team. Hannah Galbraith (So., Aloha, Ore.) was a first team selection while Owen Lempert (So., Auburn, Wash.) and Ryan Grady (Fr., Gig Harbor, Wash.) both earned honorable mention consideration.
To be selected to the CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, swimmers and divers must have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher during the semester and have participated in their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Honorable Mention selections have similarly achieved a GPA of 3.50 and achieved a "B" time standard.
Galbraith, who was an honorable mention selection in 2017, qualified to compete at the 2018 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving championships in Indianapolis, Indiana, where her best finish was 22nd place in the 200-yard backstroke. Galbraith's season-best marks were 2:02.89 in the 200 backstroke and 56.74 in the 100-yard backstroke. She had a 3.84 GPA in the spring semester.
Lempert, an honorable mention selection for the second straight year, earned an NCAA Division III B cut in the 50-yard freestyle (20.54) at the 2018 Northwest Conference Championships in February. Grady's NCAA provisional marks came in the 400-yard individual medley (4:01.80) and in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:04.59). Each just missed out on advancement to the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in March. Lempert had a 3.535 GPA in the spring, while Grady's was 3.92.