FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Lewis & Clark had both its men's and women's swimming programs back on the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Teams for the Spring 2017 semester, the organization announced last week.
The Pioneers women's team, which won the ChamPIOns Team Award during April's ELCYS awards, had the highest yearlong grade-point average of any Lewis & Clark team last year. The team finished with a 3.49 in the spring to rank third among Northwest Conference teams on the CSCAA Spring 2017 list. The Lewis & Clark women moved their team GPA up by nine-hundredths of a point from the fall.
Lewis & Clark's men's team was also third among NWC teams, finishing with a 3.21 in the spring.
For the first time in the 95-year history of the CSCAA, more than 700 teams received Scholar All-America recognition. The CSCAA says over the overall growth of the sport played a factor in the number of teams to make the list. The number of men's and women's institutions sponsoring swimming and diving is at a ten-year high.
Lewis & Clark has made the list with at least one of its swimming programs in each of the last five years.