NORFOLK, Va. – Rice’s Marie-Claire Schillinger leads a total of six Owl swimmers named an individual Scholar All-America by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), the organization has announced.
The CSCAA selected individual Scholar All-America honorees from NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA institutions that maintained at least a 3.50 grade point average and participated in their respective national Swimming and Diving Championships. Student-Athletes with a 3.50 GPA and achieved the provisional “B” standard in an event were designated as Honorable Mention Scholar All-America.
Schillinger was named a 2017 CSCAA Scholar All-America on the strength of a 3.77 grade point average as a Psychology major & with a Kinesiology minor, and by qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the breaststroke events. The CSCAA tabbed Owls Kiley Beall, Kate Nezelek, Jaecey Parham, Shelbi Ragsdale, and Lauren Rhodes as Honorable Mention Scholar All-America selections.
On Wednesday (June 21) the CSCAA selected Rice as a 2017 Scholar All-American Team. A total from 21 student-athletes on the Owls’ 2016-2017 roster combined to post a 3.54 grade point average during the spring semester. Rice's 2017 GPA was among the Top 40 in the nation for Division I swim teams, including both women’s and men’s programs.
Last spring the Rice swimmers finished second in the Conference USA Championship meet. The Owls are under the direction of head coach Seth Huston, who recently completed his 15th year at the helm of the program.