W&L Swimming Teams Combine to Post the Top GPA in the Nation

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) recently released its 2007 Winter/Spring Academic All-America Teams and both of Washington and Lee's programs were ranked second in Division III and combined to take the overall crown with the nation's highest grade-point average (GPA).

W&L's swimming programs combined to boast the best GPA in the nation with a 3.626. The men ranked second in the nation with a GPA of 3.62, while the women totaled a 3.63 GPA to also finish second in the nation.

Individually, seniors Tim McGlaston (Attleboro, Mass./Attleboro) and Alex Sweet (Louisville, Ky./Kentucky Country Day), and juniors Paul Crook (Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell) and Brett Tatman (Marietta, Ga./George Walton) were named Academic All-Americans after posting a GPA over 3.5 during winter term and competing at the 2007 NCAA Championships.

At NCAA's, McGlaston and Sweet earned First Team All-America honors as members of the second-place finishing 200 free relay and the sixth-place finishing 400 free relay. Sweet, Tatman and Crook took the bronze in the 800 free relay to garner First Team All-America accolades for their finish.

Additionally, Sweet registered a sixth-place finish in the 100 free in a school-record time of 45.24 to earn an additional First Team All-America citation. He earned Honorable Mention All-America status with a 14th-place in the 200 free and as a member of the 400 medley relay team that finished in 15th place. McGlaston and Sweet also finished 12th and 13th, respectively, in the 50 free en route to earning Honorable Mention All-America honors

The men's team finished eighth overall at NCAA's last season to equal their best-ever finish and were also the only team to finish in the Top 10 at NCAA's and Top 10 GPA. The W&L women concluded the 2006-07 campaign with a 7-9 overall record and will return all but one swimmer to their roster in 2007-08.