Cougars Make Waves In The Classroom

March 12, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University women's swim team ranked fourth in the nation academically for the Fall 2003 term according to the College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).

The Cougars continued in their tradition of academic prowess with a team semester grade-point average of 3.489, placing them No. 1 in the Pacific-10 Conference for the seventh consecutive year. The team's national ranking of fourth also makes Washington State one of four Pac-10 teams ranked in the top-50 nationally.

Nationally, Butler University ranks first academically with a GPA of 3.690. Gardner-Webb University is second (3.584), followed by the University of Denver (3.550) in third. Arkansas is right behind WSU in fifth with a GPA of 3.476.

During the Spring 2003 term, the Cougars accumulated a 3.50 GPA and ranked third in the nation. The term before, Fall 2002, the Washington State swimmers had a GPA of 3.533, putting them at number two 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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