COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has selected the Nova Southeastern University men’s and women’s swimming teams for Scholar All-American honors. Nova Southeastern was one of 461 schools to receive the award for the Spring semester. Teams were selected on the basis of their Spring grade point averages and represent 17,982 student-athletes.
In addition, the CSCAA named 1,479 individual swimmers and divers to Scholar All-American Team for the 2019-20 season. The award recognizes students who achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and were invited to compete at their respective national championship. Selections were drawn from 209 colleges and universities.
As a whole, the women’s team recorded their program’s highest ever winter semester GPA, 3.68, while also finishing the year with a program-high annual GPA of 3.61. The men’s team finished with a 3.26, which marks the sixth-consecutive semester above a 3.0 GPA for both teams under head coach Ben Hewitt‘s guidance.
CSCAA Executive Director Greg Earhart mentioned the efforts of Hewitt noting that “No team was unaffected by this spring’s pandemic but Athletic Director Mike Mominey and President George Hanbury can and should be proud of their teams and the work of Ben.”
A total of 20 NSU swimmers earned the CSCAA Scholar All-America distinction, a new program-high as they edged out the 2011-12 squad by one honoree. From the women’s team, nine swimmers earned First Team honors, while four earned Honorable Mention laurels, making 13 Scholar All-Americans the new program-high. On the men’s side, six members were named to the First Team and one earned Honorable Mention honors.
Solana Capalbo Biomedical Engineering
Caily Friel Recreational Therapy
Jenna Johns Exercise Science
Sasha Maslova Marketing
Amilia Nusbaum Behavioral Neuroscience
Emma Sundstedt Exercise Science
Hannah Trieschmann Political Science
Cassandra Wright Business Management
Elizabeth Zubero Recreational Therapy
Kaylee Gassen (HM) Recreational Therapy
Molly Griswold (HM) Marketing
Hannah Pariseault (HM) Elementary Education
Abigail Schwartz (HM) Public Health
Spencer Hohm Behavioral Neuroscience
Vincent Lijoi Business Management
Matteo Masiero Marketing & Entrepreneurship
Magnus Poulsen Psychology
Robert Spekis Marine Biology
Alessandro Xella Mathematics & Computer Science
Jonathan Yanello (HM) Biomedical Engineering
About the CSCAA
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) – the first organization of college coaches in America – is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming & diving at the collegiate level.