WELLESLEY, Mass. -- The College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) recognized its Scholar All-American teams following the 2016-17 season and Wellesley College swimming & diving joined more than 700 institutions in receiving the award. In addition, Blue junior Maura Sticco-Ivins (Framingham, Mass.) and senior Maddie Stern (Phoenix, Ariz.) were among the individuals recognized as members of the Scholar All-America team.
For the first time in the 95-year history of the CSCAA more than 700 teams received Scholar All-America recognition. In total, 720 teams, representing 443 institutions achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the Spring 2017 Semester.
Alongside the team selections, a record 997 swimmers and divers carrying a GPA of 3.50 or higher that also participated in their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships were also honored. Sticco-Ivins earned the distinction for the third time in her career after winning both the 1- and 3-meter diving national titles this spring. Sticco-Ivins was also one of forty-six swimmers and divers to be selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) to the 2017 Academic All-America® At-Large teams.
In addition to the 997 first-team selections, 954 students were named as Honorable Mentioned selections. These students have similarly achieved a GPA of 3.50 and achieved a "B" time standard or competed at a regional or zone qualifying meet. Stern earned Honorable Mention honors after placing 14th in the 3-meter competition and tenth in 1-meter competition at this year's NCAA Northeast regional. For Stern, the regional appearance was her fourth in four years with the Blue.
Wellesley swimming & diving went 5-5 in dual meets, while winning the program's 20th consecutive Seven Sisters title and placing 5th at the NEWMAC Championships during the 2016-17 season.
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