Swimming Team Earns CSCAA Team Scholar All American Award

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

The West Virginia Wesleyan men’s and women’s swim teams recently received Scholar All-American honors as announced by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). The CSCAA presents the Team Scholar All-American award to college and university swimming and diving teams who achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

The Bobcats were one of 20 teams on the men’s side to earn the distinction with a team GPA of 3.36 for the fall semester. The Wesleyan women, meanwhile, held a team GPA of 3.33 for the fall semester to become one of 47 teams to receive Scholar honors.

“It is an honor to receive this achievement; however, it is the student-athletes who have earned it,” said April Staniszewski, head swimming coach at Wesleyan. “Not only do they balance academics and athletics, they achieve success in the classroom and in the swimming pool.  This team is an incredible group of young adults who all have a successful future ahead of him or herself.”

Earning 3.0 or higher for the men’s team were Brandon Atkins of Nashville, NC, Thomas Bartleman of Paarl, South Africa, Jeff Dye of Parkersburg, Phil Fisher of South Charleston, Maxwell Garner of Bridgeport, Shaun Greer of Wantase, NJ, Mark Mattis of Alexandria, VA, Steven Seibert of Doylestown, PA, and Nicholas Tworek of Alberta, Canada.

The women’s swimmers were Rachael Bailer of Lexington Park, MD, Ellen Denton of Winston-Salem, NC, Natalie Howard of Bridgeport, Rachael Kelley of Morgantown, Ashley Kirkhart of Sumter, SC, Hope Lima of East Hartford, CT, Vivian Minkemeyer of Wheeling, Abigail Saenz of Buckhannon, and Kimberly Stephens of Oakland, MD.