NORFOLK, Va. (June 21) – Seattle University swimming has been recognized by the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) for their academic efforts this year. The women earned Scholar All-America honors on the team side, while Blaise Wittenauer-Lee, Madi Lydig, and Tanner Schelling were named to the individual list.
Coach Craig Nisgor guided the Redhawk women to a strong season in the pool and in the classroom. SU earned a 3.61 grade point average this spring, representing one of the 720 men's and women's teams honored by the CSCAA. Teams claim Scholar All-America by achieving a team GPA of 3.0 or higher in the spring. Seattle U tied for the 15th-highest GPA in the nation this term.
Wittenauer-Lee was a First Team choice. She graduated with a degree in social work earlier this month, wrapping up a fantastic career at Seattle U. Wittenauer-Lee was named WAC Female Swimmer of the Year after winning three gold medals at the WAC Championships in February. She became the first Redhawk Division I swimmer to qualify for the NCAA Championships.
From the CSCAA release, “The selections recognize students that have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and have participated in their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.” There were 997 swimmers and divers on the First Team.
Lydig and Schelling were both named Honorable Mention by the CSCAA. From the organization's release, “These students have similarly achieved a GPA of 3.50 and achieved a "B" time standard or competed at a regional or zone qualifying meet.” The CSCAA recognized 954 student-athletes on this list.
Schelling was named SU's Male Student-Athlete of the Year after a stellar senior season. He recorded a school-record time of 53.67 in the 100 breaststroke at the WAC Championships, logging an NCAA “B” cut. Schelling graduated earlier this month with a degree in cell molecular biology.
Lydig, who will be a senior in the fall, set three school records at the WAC Championships. In the 200 backstroke, she posted a 1:58.82 to top her program mark and notch an NCAA “B” cut. Lydig also put up SU records in the 100 backstroke and 500 freestyle at the conference meet.