NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's swimming and diving team is the nation's top academic squad according to the CSCAA Scholar All-American team rankings. The team posted an outstanding 3.59 GPA - at one of the nation's most challenging academic institutions - just ahead of Villanova (3.58) and Dartmouth (3.41). Six of the eight Ivy League teams made the Scholar All-America rankings, which requires a minimun 3.0 cumulative team GPA. Yale and Dartmouth top the list, followed by Harvard (3.4), Penn (3.19), Princeton (3.01) and Cornell (3.0).
The Bulldogs catapulted to the upper echelon of Ivy League swimming this year, posting a 6-2 regular season record after a tough 2-8 season the previous year. Yale's lone losses came to Harvard and Princeton, the perennial conference powers; the Bulldogs get another shot at the Crimson and Tigers next weekend at the Ivy League Championship meet.
Yale's academic achievement and increased success in the pool is even more exciting when you consider the Bulldogs are an extremely young team: 16 of the 22 swimmers on the roster are underclassmen, including a corps of nine newcomers (eight freshmen, one transfer). Under the guidance of a strong group of upperclassmen led by Captain Christopher Luu '12, those freshmen adjusted quickly to the rigors of Yale both in the pool and in the classroom. That bodes well for the future of Yale swimming, which, if the CSCAA rankings and Ivy League record are any indication, looks poised for plenty of all-around success in the years to come.
See the full CSCAA Scholar All-American Team Rankings Here: http://cscaa.org/downloads/ScholarAA2011FallDivIMen.pdf
Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity