The Seattle University swim program continued to show excellence both in the pool and in the classroom during the 2012-13 academic year, as both the men’s and women’s swim teams were named Scholar All-America Teams by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), announced Thursday by the national organization.

In addition, recent graduates James Gilmore (Eugene, Ore.) and Kevlyn Richards (Gig Harbor, Wash.) received Scholar All-American Honorable Mention status for posting a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and achieving an NCAA “B” time standard during the 2012-13 season.

“I am extremely proud of this team and how they represent themselves as student-athletes. They work to be at the highest level with everything they do both in the pool and in the classroom,” Seattle U head swim coach Craig Nisgor said. “Having both Kevlyn and James receive Division I Scholar All-American Honorable Mention is an incredible honor for them and a great way to finish our first official year in Division I.”

At 3.35, the Seattle U men’s swim team posted the 10th-highest grade point average in Division I, behind only four Ivy League schools (Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth, Brown), along with Eastern Illinois, Boston College, Missouri State, Northwestern, and Villanova. In all, 72 Division I men’s swim teams received Scholar All-America Team recognition for having a grade point average of at least 3.0 during the past year.

The Redhawk women’s swim team accumulated a 3.46 grade point average, tied for 32nd among the 151 Division I squads that earned the team academic honor. Among schools that competed in the Western Athletic Conference during the 2012-13 season, only Northern Arizona posted a higher GPA than the Seattle U women.

Gilmore set a new school record and posted a “B”-cut time in the 400 individual medley preliminaries at the 2013 MPSF Championships with a mark of 3:53.26, eventually finishing sixth in the finals. Last month, Gilmore graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry.

Richards also posted her “B”-cut time at the conference championships, finishing second in the finals of the 100 breaststroke at the WAC Championships with a school-record time of 1:01.95. She picked up her Bachelor of Science degree in sport and exercise science during Commencement ceremonies last month at KeyArena.

Starting in 2013-14, both the men’s and women’s swim teams will be competing in the Western Athletic Conference, with the 2014 WAC Swimming and Diving Championships taking place Feb. 26 through March 1 at the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center in San Antonio, Texas.

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