Norfolk, Va., June 21, 2017 – The Franklin College men's and women's swimming and diving teams have made a national splash in the classroom as well as the pool.
Four-year standouts Artur Schneider (men's team) and Regina Solik (women's team) have been named to the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America Team.
Both 2017 graduates, Schneider and Solik were NCAA Division III National Championship qualifiers. They also were among a combined 997 student-athletes in Divisions I, II and III to earn Scholar All-America honors. To be considered for the honor, a student-athlete must compete in his or her respective NCAA National Championship and must carry a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
In addition to the individual recognitions, Franklin's men's and women's teams were both named Scholar All-America teams by virtue of outstanding team GPAs. The Grizzlies' men's team averaged a 3.03 GPA, and the women's team averaged a 3.43 GPA. To qualify for Scholar All-American status as a team, a respective gender's student-athletes must average a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.
CSCAA Executive Director Joel Shinofield made special note of Franklin's collective excellence in the pool and in the classroom.
"Coach Andrew Hendricks has done an exceptional job leading Franklin to a conference title and one of the nation's top GPA's," Schinofield said. "We are very fortunate to have schools like Franklin and people like President (Thomas) Minar and Director of Athletics (Kerry) Prather who support these exceptional student-athletes."
In total, 720 teams, representing 443 institutions across all NCAA DI, DII, DIII, NAIA, and NJCAA achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the spring 2017 semester.