June 27, 2018
CSCAA Scholar All-Americans
NORFOLK, Va. - The College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) announced its 2017-18 Scholar All-America Teams on Wednesday, with four Duquesne swimmers earning Honorable Mention accolades.
Recent graduates Kayla Owens (Youngstown, Pa./Greater Latrobe) and Lexi Santer (Wilmington, Del./Charter School of Wilmington) along with rising sophomore Emma Brinton (Landenberg, Pa./Avon Grove) and rising senior Abigail Stauffer (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg) each garnered CSCAA Scholar All-America honors.
The award recognizes student-athletes that have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and competed at their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships or have achieved an individual "B" time standard.
The Dukes' four CSCAA Scholar All-America selections represent the most in the Atlantic 10 in addition to the most in program history. Richmond landed three on the team followed by George Washington with two honorees as well as Rhode Island and St. Bonaventure with one selection each.
This marks the third straight Scholar All-America nod for Santer, who recently was named the recipient of an Atlantic 10 Postgraduate Scholarship. The three-time A-10 All-Academic Team selection graduated with a 3.71 grade point average as an occupational therapy major.
She capped an outstanding career with the Dukes as a 13-time medalist at the A-10 Championship in addition to holding the individual school record in the 200-yard backstroke and is part of three school record relay teams in the 400-yard freestyle, 800-yard freestyle and the 400-yard medley relay. Santer captured a pair of gold medals at the A-10 Championship in the 400-yard individual medley in 2015 and the 200-yard backstroke in 2016.
This marks Stauffer's third consecutive Scholar All-America selection. The Chambersburg native was also an A-10 All-Academic Team selection this season and sports a 3.58 GPA as a nursing major. She is a five-time A-10 medalist and owns individual school records in the 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke and the 100-yard individual medley to go with relay records in the 200-yard medley and 400-yard medley relays.
Owens earns her second Scholar All-America honor after closing out a very successful four-year career with the Dukes. Posting a 3.55 GPA as a biology major, Owens also was part of DU's gold medal-winning 200-yard medley relay team at the 2017 A-10 Championship. She graduated as the program record-holder in the 100-yard butterfly and also has four other top-ten times in school history. She last earned Scholar All-American honors following her freshman season in 2015.
Brinton, the 2018 A-10 Most Outstanding Rookie Performer, recorded a 3.78 GPA in physician assistant studies in her debut campaign on The Bluff. After being named the A-10 Rookie of the Week a program-record four times, she earned three medals at the 2018 A-10 Championship, including record-breaking gold-medal performances in the 200 IM and 400 IM.
The Duquesne swimming and diving team was also recently named a CSCAA Scholar All-America Team for posting a 3.6 team GPA for the semester
About the College Swimming Coaches Association of America:
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) - the oldest organization of college coaches in America- is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming & diving at the collegiate level.