NMU swim teams, individuals honored for academics

Northern Michigan  University sophomore swimmer Renars Bundzis, above, was one of four members of the men’s swim team to earn Scholar All-America honors from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. (Photo courtesy of Northern Michigan University)

MARQUETTE — The men’s and women’s swimming teams at Northern Michigan University, along with four individual swimmers and divers, earned Scholar All-America honors from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.

The Wildcat men posted a team grade-point average of 3.31 while the women acheived 3.23.

The four NMU individuals honored all came from the men’s team — freshman Jonas Reinhold and sophomores Renars Bundzis, Arnoldo Herrera and Janne Roovers.

Teams needed to post a 3.00 GPA in the spring semester to earn the award, while individuals had to be at 3.50 GPA or better and have participated at their national championships in one of the three divisions, NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA.

“We are very proud of our student-athletes’ efforts and accomplishments both in the pool and in the classroom,” Northern head coach Heidi Voigt said. “As a program we are honored to receive the All-America accolades for both our men’s and women’s teams.”

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A record 720 teams from 443 institutions earned the team award nationwide, which the Norfolk, Virginia, based CSCAA cited was the growth of the sport. In NCAA Division II, NMU was among 46 men’s and 75 women’s teams earning the honor.

The top Division II honorees were Urbana College on the men’s side with a 3.69 GPA and McKendree University for the women, whose four-person squad had a perfect 4.00 GPA.

Other GLIAC schools honored were the Findlay women with a 3.55 GPA, Ashland women at 3.41, Grand Valley State women at 3.25, Saginaw Valley State women at 3.24, Findlay men at 3.15, Hillsdale women at 3.14, GVSU men at 3.11 and Ashland men at 3.10.

For more information on the CSCAA, visit the website www.cscaa.org.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.

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