The Canisius College men's and women's swimming and diving teams were presented the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Team Scholar All-America Award for the Fall 2012 semester, as announced by the association.
"The team sets goal each year and our academic success heads that list," said head coach Scott Vanderzell. "It is a great accomplishment for the men's team to be near the top of that list."
For the third consecutive season, the Golden Griffin men and women garnered national recognition among Division I programs for their dedication to the pool and in the classroom. To be eligible for the CSCAA national honor, a team must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
The Canisius men continue to hold their spot in the top ten for the second straight year, placing tenth in the nation with a cumulative GPA of 3.30. The Griff women recorded a cumulative GPA of 3.29.
In addition to this team national honor, the Griffs set a program mark with 16 student-athletes named to the MAAC All-Academic Team. Among the Griffs named to the conference team, nine were from the men's team and seven from the women's.
At the 2013 MAAC Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships held Feb. 14-16, both squads placed in the top four at the conference championships. The women recorded their best finish and highest point total in program history, placing fourth overall with 391 points. For the second straight season, the men finished among the top three with a third-place finish of 534.5 points. The Golden Griffins combined to break 14 individual records and five relay records, including two individual titles on the men's side.