UNLV MEN AND WOMEN EARN CSCAA TEAM SCHOLAR AWARDS
Both the UNLV men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs were named to the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association (CSCAA) Scholar All-America team for the Spring 2020 Semester, the national organization announced Tuesday. UNLV was one of 461 institutions that were named to the list, and this marks the eighth time in the last nine semesters that the Rebel women’s program has earned Scholar recognition.
CSCAA Executive Director Greg Earhart noted: “No team was unaffected by this Spring’s pandemic but Athletic Director Reed-Francois and President Meana can and should be proud of their team and the work of Ben with the Rebels.”
The Spring Team Scholar All-America award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams who have achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the semester/quarter coinciding with the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
The CSCAA will announce its individual Scholar All-Americans next week.
UNLV MEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING NAMED COLLEGESWIMMING.COM’S MID-MAJOR CHAMPION
Rebels finish atop the Mid-Major rankings for the first time in the 12-year history of the poll
Thanks to its WAC Championship in February, the ninth conference championship in the past 10 years, the UNLV men’s team was named the Collegeswimming.com/Endless Pools Mid-Major champion after placing first on the final poll of the season entering next week’s NCAA Championships. The design of the Mid-Major rankings is to provide an objective point system to compare non-BCS programs and those that provide fewer than one-half of the allowable scholarships under the NCAA rules.
The Rebels, who edged out defending Mid-Major champion Harvard for the title, are also ranked 25th in the overall Collegeswimming.com/Endless Polls Top 25 poll. UNLV rose in both polls after claiming the 2014 WAC title by 65 points over runner-up Wyoming. In the process, the Rebels recorded four NCAA ‘A’ Automatic relay times. UNLV will be sending a total of seven swimmers to the national championships, with four swimming individual events, and three more going to participate in the relays.
This year’s NCAA meet will be held on March 27-29 on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin.