Oakland, CA–October 31, 2008. The Mills College swim team has topped the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Academic All-American honor with the highest grade point average in their division.
This honor, awarded annually by the Collegiate Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), recognizes the spring 2008 academic successes of swim teams across the country. This year's honor marks the sixth year in a row that the Mills swimming team has been awarded an Academic All-Academic honor but the first time in the number-one spot.
Of last year's team of 11 women, two had grade point averages above 3.85. The team's grade point average was above 3.3.
The swim team practices up to six days a week from September to February. Those swimmers who qualify for the NAIA national competition continue practicing into March.
Team members train at the Trefethen Aquatic Center at Mills College, opened in 1998 through a generous Trustee donation. The 10-lane outdoor swimming pool has hosted high school, masters, club, and USA swimming, synchronized swimming, and water polo competitions.
"This award is a great acknowledgment of how our student-athletes are able to balance their school work with their pool work," said the Mills College swim team head coach Neil Virtue. "The time commitment to be on a team helps students focus on time management. Most student-athletes can't procrastinate because there is less time in the day for it. Also working the body out relieves stress and allows the student-athletes to get back to studying or class refreshed."
Mills College offers intercollegiate athletic competitions in seven sports, including swimming, rowing, tennis, volleyball, soccer, cross country, and track and field. For more information: Mills College athletics.
Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California, Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering a dynamic progressive education that fosters leadership, social responsibility, and creativity to approximately 950 undergraduate women and 500 graduate women and men. Since 2000, applications to Mills College have more than doubled. The College is named one of the top colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, one of the Best 368 Colleges by the Princeton Review, and ranks 75th among America's best colleges by Forbes.com. Visit us at www.mills.edu.
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