Swimming & Diving Recognized for Academics


TROY, NY – The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has announced its 2021-22 Scholar All-America Teams and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men’s and women’s swimming & diving squads have once again been recognized for their academic achievements. Individually, student-athlete Colleen Whittaker earned Scholar All-America Second Team.

The Engineers’ women boasted a team grade point average of 3.43 for the spring 2022 semester, while the men had a 3.45. The women’s team saw 22 of 24 student-athletes earn a 3.0 or better with 13 reaching 3.5. The team had the sixth highest GPA among Rensselaer’s 23 teams. The men, which ranked tied for fourth in the department, had 19 of 24 student-athletes with at least a 3.0 and 16 earning 3.5-or-better.

Shannon O’Brien is the head coach of both swimming squads, meanwhile Maria Coomaraswamy-Falkenstein leads the divers.

Named a Scholar All-America was Whittaker, a freshman who earned NCAA B-cuts in both the 100 butterfly (meet record 56.18) and 200 fly (2:05.59), both of which were accomplished at the Liberty League Championship. She won both events as well as the 200 medley relay (1:45.71) and 400 medley relay (3:52.51).

A chemical engineering major with a 3.91 grade point average, Whittaker helped the team to a 7-1 dual meet record. RPI’s men’s team was 6-2.

To be selected to the CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, swimmers and divers must have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and have qualified in their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Honorable Mention selections have similarly achieved a GPA of 3.50 and achieved a “B” time standard or competed at their respective qualifying meets.

The Second Team Scholar All-America Award is presented to college and university swimmers and divers who have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the semester, or cumulative average, and have achieved a “B” time standard but did not compete in their national championship. Divers qualify by competing at their respective championship qualifying meets, zones or NCAA preliminary rounds.

The CSCAA Team Scholar All-America Award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams that have achieved a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The award is presented twice annually, once in the fall semester and again in the spring to recognize teams achieving a 3.0 in the semester coinciding with the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA/CCCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

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