For those that know me, you know I'm a crazy championship deprived Seahawks fan. My days can be made or ruined based on their performance. So to get my "winning" fix, many also know that I'm a fanatic of Whitworth sports. And it's there that I see individual and team winners in every sport in and out of the classroom.
I have the countdown going on to the kick off of the Bucs football campaign and the start of what could be Whitworth's seventh consecutive Northwest Conference McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports trophy. Then news comes out today that really isn't anything new at Whitworth. Many of the 20 vasity sports have similar stories to this one. Aside from winning championships, the athletes are students first. Today Whitworth University announced that the women finished the 2012-13 academic year ranked second in the nation in cumulative grade point average, based on the College Swimming Coaches Association (CSCAA) annual academic awards.
In addition the Pirate men ranked 24th nationally in team GPA and six Whitworth swimmers earned Honorable Mention Individual Scholar All-America honors.
Whitworth’s women finished with a cumulative team GPA of 3.65 this past year, just a fraction behind Connecticut College which led all of NCAA Division III with a GPA of 3.66. The Pirate men posted a team GPA of 3.30 to tie for 24th among men’s Division III institutions. Principia College led all DIII men’s teams with a final tally of 3.74. Both teams receive the CSCAA Team Scholar All-America Award, which is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
Six Whitworth swimmers received honorable mention Scholar All-America honors. That 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 an NCAA “B” time standard, but did not qualify to compete in the national championship meet.
Wes Tatum, a sophomore physics and physical chemistry major, is the only Pirate man to make the list. The five Whitworth women are: Kori Carpenter (Fr., nursing); Kate Duvall (Jr., Spanish, history); Bridget Louis (Fr., chemistry); Hannah Norris (Fr., undeclared); and Alisa Stang (So., health science).
Congrats to these student-athletes. Now I'm ready for some Football.