The University of Minnesota women’s swimming and diving team tied for 14th in the nation for the best team grade point average, announced by College Swimming Coaches Association of America. Along with the team accomplishment, Minnesota also had six Academic All-Americans and four swimmers earned honorable mention honors.
Under the guidance of coaches Terry Nieszner and Kelly Kremer, the Golden Gophers boasted a team GPA of 3.44, which tied for 14th overall and second among Big Ten Conference teams. Purdue held a 3.54 GPA for fourth overall, while Illinois ranked behind the Gophers with a GPA of 3.37 and tied for 25th. Along with the team accomplishments, Jenny Shaughnessy, Stacy Busack, Meredith McCarthy, Megan Braun, Jenna Lennertz and Kaylee Jamison earned All-America honors. In order to become an All-American, student-athletes must hold a GPA of 3.5 or higher and qualify for the NCAA Championships. Earning honorable mention status was Marissa Davies, Kait Strickland, Taylor Enerson and Danielle Ridder. To qualify for honorable mention honors, student-athletes must hold a 3.5 GPA, while gaining NCAA consideration times.