`Dogs Earn Academic Honors
    Blair Hopkins contributes an impressive 3.64 GPA
    Blair Hopkins contributes an impressive 3.64 GPA

    Feb. 5, 2010

    FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State swimming and diving team was nationally honored this week as the team as a whole was named by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America to the 2009-10 Scholar-Athlete All-American list.

    Starting in 2008, The CSCAA developed a higher standard honorary program in which academic excellence is recognized. The award acknowledges those programs that achieve a grade point average of 3.00 or higher in the Fall Semester.

    This season, 341 intercollegiate swimming & diving teams were named to the prestigious list of academic excellence, the largest number of award recipients since the CSCAA raised the criteria for selection in 2008.

    The Bulldogs, led by head coach Jeanne Fleck, ranked 27th of the 121 Division-1 schools listed boasting a stellar team cumulative GPA of 3.36

    "I am very proud of this group," said head coach Jeanne Fleck. "They are building the right kind of program for our school, good students as well as good athletes and all-around good people."

    The `Dogs ranked third overall in the WAC behind New Mexico State which recorded a 3.44 cumulative GPA and the University of San Diego carrying a 3.38 GPA. Boise State, Northern Arizona, Hawaii and San Jose State were also recognized on the list.

    "This is a fine example of our great athletes and coaches 'walking the walk' in embodying the concept of the Student Athlete," said CSCAA Executive Director Bob Groseth.

    "We Are Your Team" - Next up, the Bulldogs swimming and diving team will celebrate senior day as the 'Dogs host San Jose State on Feb. 6. at noon at Clovis North Aquatics Complex. Check out gobulldogs.com for all your swimming and diving information along with exclusive team blogs.



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