The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) was honored as just one of seven conferences across all three NCAA divisions and NAIA to have 100% of their men's and women's swimming & diving teams selected as College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Schola All-America teams as recently announced by the organization.
Every member of The American Athletic Conference, Big XII, Big East, Colonial Athletic Association, Missouri Valley, Northeast and the SCIAC - 161 teams in all - received Scholar All-America honors by earning GPAs of 3.00 or higher for the Fall Semester.
Six men's conferences, the Big East, America East, Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), Big XII, American Athletic Conference (AAC) and SCIAC achieved 100% recognition.
The Big East's average GPA (3.36), second only to the Ivy League (3.39) which placed 88 percent of their teams Scholar All-America list. In Division II, the Bluegrass Mountain Conference earned the highest GPA (3.35) while University Athletic Association (3.47) posted the highest GPA all men's conferences.
The SCIAC was the only non-Division I men's league to have all teams earn the recognition. The nine-team SCIAC earned a 3.31 average GPA.
For the women, seventeen conferences, representing 131 teams achieved perfection with 100% of their member institutions receiving the award.
The Big XII Conference stood out as one of the best among Division I. The league had all five swimming & diving programs listed as Scholar All-America teams and posted the highest GPA among all Division I women's conferences with a collective 3.51.
Highlighting Division II, the Sunshine State Conference put all seven of their teams on the honor roll and had a league GPA of 3.49. That GPA is good enough to put them at the top of Division II, for men and women combined.
In Division III, the SCIAC again led the way along with the Heartland Conference. Both leagues boasted 100% on their teams earning Scholar All-America highlighted by league GPAs of 3.51 and 3.35 respectively.
In total, eighty-five conferences placed at least sixty percent of their swimming & diving teams onto the Scholar All-America list.