Jan. 27, 2016
BOISE, Idaho â€" Boise State swimming and diving posted the top team grade-point average in Division I for the Fall 2015 semester, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) announced Wednesday.
The Broncos were named a Scholar All-America Team by the CSCAA, with the team GPA of 3.64 topping the list of Division I teams. Over all divisions, 547 swimming and diving teams representing 354 colleges and universities earned the Scholar All-America distinction.
"As an athletic department, Boise State earned our highest department semester GPA so the entire environment here has been about pushing every metric of student-athlete performance," said Boise State head coach Jeremy Kipp. "As a new coaching staff we certainly wanted to jump in line. From the beginning of the year, our team captains, Karli Kriewall, Blake Balogh and Sam Wicks committed the team to a 3.5 GPA for the semester."
The student-athletes of the swimming and diving program boast a strong variety of majors ranging from mechanical engineering, geosciences, kinesiology, health sciences, finance and elementary education. Along with managing their time on academics and their athletic performances in the pool, the Bronco women also make time for community services projects such as the "Swim Across America" event in September.
"In our program we don't talk about setting priorities in a '1-2-3' order, instead we ask our women to be completely focused and stay present in any moment. If you are in the classroom, you are a student, when you are in the pool you are a swimmer and when you are helping the community you are a leader," Kipp said. "Our women managed to average 7 hours of community service per person this semester which we are very proud of. Some people might ask when do these young women have time to be 'normal' students, but our women were never interested in being normal from the start, at least not according to the goals that they set for themselves. They take pride in being ambitious and extraordinary because that is what it takes to be relevant on a national level."
In the pool, the Broncos have enjoyed a successful 2015-16 regular season and continue preparation for the 2016 Mountain West Championships, set for Feb. 17-20 in College Station, Texas. Now in its 10th season, Boise State swimming and diving has won four conference titles (2010-11 in the WAC, 2012 and 2014 in the Mountain West), and has its sights set on a fifth title this February.