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CMU Swimming and Diving Team achieves national recognition

CMU President Tim Foster received notification from the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) that the Colorado Mesa University Men and Women's Swimming and Diving Team was officially selected as a CSCAA Scholar Americans team — a designation that is among the most esteemed commendations within CSCAA.

As part of the notification, CSCAA Executive Director Greg Earhart thanked CMU's Swimming and Diving Head Coach Mickey Wender and Foster for their commitments to scholarship and student-athletes.

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Head Coach Mickey Wender

"Thanks to your support and Coach Wender's leadership, CMU is helping to produce great students, great leaders and great people who succeed in all walks of life," said Earhart. 

The notification came as NCAA swimmers and divers prepare for Omaha Olympic Trials followed by the Tokyo games in the summer of 2020. Both the women and men’s swim and dive teams won the RMAC Championship in February as the women set a conference record with 1,171.5 points earned.

"In addition to their desire to compete on the national and international stage, CMU Swimming and Diving Team members have sustained laser like focus on the classroom," said President Foster. "This academic emphasis reflects the values and priorities of CMU."

CMU student-athletes across all programs maintaining above average GPA of 3.101. To achieve the status of Scholar All-American, the Maverick swim and diving team must maintain above a 3.0.

"Anytime someone refers to our Mavericks as 'athletes' we are quick to correct them and note that Mavericks by their very nature are 'student-athletes'," said CMU Co-Athletic Director Kris Mort. "Emphasizing academics first makes for better leaders, future citizens and is in line with our mission and Division II athletics." 

In addition to announcing the CMU academic All-Americans, an invitation was extended to CMU leaders to attend the summer Olympic trials.

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Written by David Ludlam