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      NMU swimming and diving named scholar All-America team

      The Northern Michigan University 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 17 th -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.

      The Team Scholar All-American Award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams, who 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.

      Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America is the oldest professional organization of college coaches in America. The CSCAA is dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming and diving at the collegiate level.