Gaucho Swim Teams Earn Academic All-American Team Honors

April 14, 2009

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara men's and women's swim teams both earned Academic All-American Team honors for the fall 2008 quarter, it was announced by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.

The honor is bestowed upon swim teams that maintained an average GPA of 3.0.

Not just standouts in the classroom, the men's and women's swim teams are also standouts in the pool. The Gauchos repeated as the Big West Conference champions in February. The men won their second straight team title and 28th overall. The women picked up their fourth consecutive first-place trophy and their 13th overall.

Earlier this year UCSB Athletics unveiled the BE Great initiative. BE Great is dedicated to maximizing leadership ability, strong on-campus interaction, and general welfare for all 450 student-athletes and Intercollegiate Athletics staff at UC Santa Barbara. BE Great also focuses on personal and career development, diversity, and social awareness, along with ensuring academic success. UCSB has a 92% student-athlete graduation rate.

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