Waves Earn CSCAA All-Academic Team Status
Pepperdine honored by coaches' association for excelling in the classroom.
Feb. 26, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. – Once again, the scholastic efforts of the Pepperdine women’s swimming and diving squad landed All-Academic Team honors by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. Of the nearly 200 Division I women’s programs recognized, the Waves were tied for the 30th-best grade point average.
The All-Academic Team award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in a single semester.
The Waves, who finished seventh at the 2013 Pacific Coast Swim & Dive Conference Championship, boast a fall semester GPA of 3.40 -- the 14th highest in the nation and by far the best of any PCSC school. This is the second-straight semester Pepperdine has led the league in GPA.
North Texas led all Division I schools with a 3.62 GPA.
Cal State East Bay and Alaska-Fairbanks, both Division II institutions, were the only other PCSC schools to make the list with team GPAs of 3.28 and 3.11, respectively.
The Pepperdine women’s swimming and diving team has a long-standing tradition of academic success. Klaire Korver (Redwood City, Calif./Pinewood School) was honored as the 2012 Pepperdine Athletics Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, marking the second-straight season the award has been claimed by a member of the swim and dive team. Korver is a three-time All-PCSC diver and most recently placed second in the 1-meter at the conference championships.
The senior, who boasts a cumulative GPA of 3.82, will graduate at the end of the spring semester with a degree in economics.
Of the 27 rostered members of the swimming and diving team, 24 have registered a GPA of 3.00 or higher. Even more impressive are the 11 student-athletes who have earned GPAs of 3.50 or higher. Brooke Fugate (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo HS), who will be graduating with a degree in computer science and math at the end of the semester after just three years at Pepperdine, holds the honor of having the team’s highest GPA at 3.91.
In addition to Korver and Fugate, Sarah Burris (Virginia Beach, Va./Cox HS), Kelly Corso (Glendora, Calif./Glendora HS), Katie Giacobbe (Duluth, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian School), Erin Hayes (Lone Tree, Colo./Highlands Ranch HS), Blair Kacynski (Superior, Colo./Monarch HS), Jessica Mosbaugh (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos HS), Cailey Stuebner (Los Altos, Calif./Mountain View HS), Paige Weslaski (Racine, Wis./Case HS/St. Bonaventure), and Elena Witham (Buena Vista, Colo./Houston County HS) are all above the 3.50 grade point average mark.
A complete list of this year’s CSCAA All-Academic teams can be viewed here.
The College Swimming Coaches Association is the oldest coaches’ organization in America. In addition to Scholar All American Awards, the CSCAA recognizes All American Swimmers and Divers at the national championships every year.