H2Okies earn CSCAA Scholar All-America Team recognitions


The West Virginia University women's swimming and diving team was named a Scholar All-America Team, while five Mountaineers were named Scholar All-Americans by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).

The award marks the men's squad's first team recognition of the season while the women pick up their second honor of the season after turning in a spring GPA of 3.53. For the spring semester, the Spiders boasted a 3.33 team GPA. "This is also one of their highest team GPAs". Amaltdinov was a CSCAA Scholar All-America honoree for having a grade-point average above 3.5 coupled with competing at the NCAA Championships. Senior Naomi Gaggi was named the school's salutatorian at this year's commencement ceremony, alongside her Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor at the CSI Awards Banquet and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Honorable Mention at the CUNYAC's Michael Steuerman Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner last month. "It really shows that excellence in the classroom and the pool can be achieved by many".

PJ Ransford, Miles Smachlo and Evan White were Scholar All-Americans, while Jeremy Babinet, Jon Burkett, Tommy Cope, Colin Eaton, Blake Maczka, Alex Martin and Cameron Stitt were Scholar All-America honorable mentions.

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Rizzo posted a NCAA "B" time standard at the MIAC Championships, finishing 4:34.51 in the 400-yard individual medley. The business administration major was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team and earned A-10 Rookie of the Week honors twice in his debut collegiate season. The public health major was also named a 2017 Arthur Ashe Jr.

"These academic honors are a flawless ending to a very successful 2016-17 season, and we look forward to building upon these successes as we head into next season", said Winchester.