July 10, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan swimming and diving program, led by head coach Mike Bottom, placed both of its teams on the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America lists as announced by the CSCAA on Thursday (July 10).
The Team Scholar All-American Award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams that 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.
The honors cap another year of terrific achievement in the classroom by both the men's and women's teams. Just last month, recent grads Connor Jaeger and Courtney Beidler were named Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-Americans (June 5), with Jaeger taking a spot on the first team and Beidler earning a place on the third team.
Just yesterday (July 9), 13 members of the program were honored as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars. These student-athletes achieved a grade point average of 3.7 or higher during the 2013-14 academic year. Swimmers and divers made up nearly a quarter of all of Michigan's representatives (23 percent; 13 of 56).
Likewise, a large portion of Michigan's Academic All-Big Ten honorees from the winter semester came from the swimming and diving program -- 23 from the men and 12 from the women. Those 35 student-athletes comprised more than 50 percent of U-M's total honorees.
Additionally, Jaeger and fellow 2013-14 men's co-captains John Wojciechowski and David Moore took home individual honors at the conclusion of the season. Jaeger was named the University of Michigan Male Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year, an award which places a large emphasis on scholarship as well as athletic competition. Wojciechowski was named U-M's male recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor, while Moore received a Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship to continue his pursuit of a graduate degree in engineering.