Cougar Swimming Ranks Second In Nation Academically

March 5, 2003

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University women's swim team ranked second in the nation academically for the Fall 2002 term according to the College Swim Coaches Association of America.

The Cougars continued in their tradition of academic prowess with a team semester grade-point average of 3.533, placing them No. 1 in the Pac-10 Conference for the sixth consecutive year. The team's national ranking of second also makes Washington State one of only two Pac-10 teams ranked in the top-50 nationally.

Nationally, Arkansas ranks first academically with a GPA of 3.644. Seton Hall is right behind the Cougars in third with a GPA of 3.529. California is the only other Pac-10 school ranked in the top-50 nationally at 46 (3.097).

During the Spring 2002 term, the Cougars accumulated a 3.25 GPA and ranked 35th in the nation. The term before, Fall 2001, the Washington State swimmers had a GPA of 3.16, putting them at number 30 in the nation academically.

'I place a lot of emphasis on striving to be great student-athletes,' Head Coach Erica Quam said. 'This requires each person to be dedicated in both the classroom and the pool.'

For a complete list of the CSCAA All-Academic America team standings please go to

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