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      Four NMU Swimmers earn Scholar All-America

      Courtesy: NMU

      Four members of the Northern Michigan University swimming and diving team were named First Team Scholar All-America by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.

      Sophomore Rachel Borchardt and seniors Emily Bourguignon, Tara Dowling and Madisen Sechena received the honor for the Wildcats.

      "I am very proud of this accomplishment for our student-athletes," said NMU swimming and diving coach Heidi Voigt. "The four of them had an amazing year in the pool and the classroom."

      The Scholar All-America award is presented to college and university swimmers and divers who have achieved a cumulative, or term grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the academic term coinciding with their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA/CCCAA Swimming and Diving Championships and have qualified for and competed at the Championship.

      Meanwhile the NMU Swimming and diving team was honored by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America as a Scholar All-America team after posting a team grade point average of 3.43, which was the 17th-highest in NCAA Division II, during the Winter 2014 semester.

      "I'm very proud of my athletes being 17th in the nation for team GPA," said NMU head coach Heidi Voigt. "We take our academics as well as athletics seriously and I was pleased to see that we were the top school for our conference. The winter semester can be difficult on our team because we are traveling more than in the fall, but I was very happy to see that they had done so well. They take pride in their schoolwork."

      Northern Michigan had the top ranked team GPA in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference while Lake Erie (3.29), Malone (3.27), Wayne State (3.26), Findlay (3.25), Hillsdale (3.17) and Grand Valley State (3.16) were also honored.