Cougar Swimmers Lead Nation Academically

July 2, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. - The Washington State University women's swim team earned the highest grade point average in the nation for the spring 2004 term in Division I 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 3.66, placing them No. 1 in the Pacific-10 Conference for the seventh consecutive year.

It is the fourth straight semester the Cougars have placed in the top four nationally academically. WSU tied the women of Division II University of Indianapolis for the top GPA among men or women in all divisions.

In the fall 2003, WSU posted a 3.48 GPA and ranked fourth nationally. 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,' WSU 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 www.collegeswimming.com

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