Men's Swimming and Diving Records Third Highest GPA in Nation
Walters, Janney and Snyder have been honored for their academic and athletic achievements (OAC).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's swimming and diving team combined for a 3.54 GPA during the 2011-12 academic year, ranking the Crimson third in the country behind only Yale (3.62) and Eastern Illinois (3.55) and earning the squad College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Team honors. Additionally, Chris Satterthwaite and Zach Walters received the organization's Individual Scholar All-America Award while Niall Janney, Jack Pretto, Mike Mosca and Reed Snyder were named honorable mention.
Satterthwaite earned a 3.667 GPA in the spring semester while picking up a pair of All-America honorable mention accolades as a member of Harvard's 400 free relay and 800 free relay teams at the NCAA Championships. The rising-junior also placed 20th in the 200 free and 22nd in the 100 free at Nationals. At the Ivy League Championships, Satterthwaite set school records in the 50 and 100 free en route to victory, while also winning the 200 free and 400 free relay to bring his conference title total to four. He concluded the meet with seven All-Ivy honors overall and shared the Phil Moriarty Award as the Ivy League Championships Swimmer of the Meet.
Walters posted a 3.50 GPA in his freshman campaign and earned All-America honorable mention status at the NCAA Championships as he helped Harvard's 800 free relay team to a 13th-place finish. Walters also helped the Crimson take 20th place in the 200 free relay at Nationals and competed in the 200 free. At the Ivy League Championships he helped the Crimson to a victory in the 400 free relay and a pair of runner-up performances in the 200 free relay and 800 free relay, with both the 200 free relay and 400 free relay teams setting new school records.
Janney graduated in May with a cumulative GPA of 3.58 in government and earned honorable mention status with NCAA 'B' cuts in both the 400 IM and 400 medley relay. Janney recorded personal bests in six events this season, including the 100 fly, 200 fly, 200 IM and 400 IM at the Ivy League Championships. He also earned All-Ivy honors for the first time in his career as a member of Harvard's second-place finishing 400 medley relay team.
Mosca won the one-meter dive and placed second on the three meter at the Ivy League Championships, and set a new Ivy League Championship meet record with his preliminary round score of 381.15 on the three meter. The freshman also broke the Harvard records on both the one meter (367.25) and three-meter (394.80) boards during the season. He placed second in the one-meter dive (684.15) and third in the three-meter dive (766.30) at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships, and took sixth in the three-meter synchronized diving competition at the 2012 Olympic Team Trials. Mosca posted a 3.667 GPA in his first year in Cambridge.
Pretto notched a 3.667 GPA for the year and earned second team All-Ivy honors as a member of the 200 medley relay team and the 400 medley relay team. He set three personal bests on the season, with his PR's in the 100 back and 100 fly both coming at the Ivy League Championships. Pretto topped the NCAA 'B' standard in the 100 back, 200 medley relady and 400 medley relay this season.
Snyder turned in a perfect 4.00 GPA in his first year in Cambridge and eclipsed the NCAA 'B' standard in the 1,650 free to be named honorable mention. Snyder specialized in the distance free events for the Crimson this season, turning in personal bests in the 500 free, 1,000 free and 1,650 free at Ivies.
The Scholar All-America award is presented to college and university swimmers and divers who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher, for the semester or cumulative average, and have qualified for their respective national championship. The award is presented in the semester of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships (Winter/Spring).
The Honorable Mention Scholar All-America award is presented to college and university swimmers and divers who have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, for the semester or cumulative average, and have achieved a "B" time standard, but have not qualified to compete in their respective national championship. The award is presented in the semester of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships (Winter/Spring).
The Scholar All-America Team award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The award is presented to teams achieving this standard in the fall semester and in the semester of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships (winter/spring).