Sept. 5, 2001
GALVANTS FERRY, S.C. – The University of Virginia women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams have earned College Swimming Coaches Association of America Spring 2001 Academic All-America honors for their performances in the classroom in the spring semester. In addition, Jamie Grimes (Olney, Md./Sherwood) and second-year Amy Baly (Atlanta, Ga./Marist School) have earned CSCAA Academic All-America honors, while third-year Brian Best (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) was an honorable mention Academic All-American.
The women’s team earned an “Excellent” rating for the team’s cumulative GPA of 3.14 for the spring 2001 semester. UVa also received an “Excellent” rating for its 3.19 GPA in the 2000 fall semester. The Cavalier men’s swimming and diving team earned a cumulative 2.96 GPA for a “Commendable” rating after earning the same “Commendable” rating with a 2.80 GPA in the fall. A total of 46 Division I women’s swimming and diving teams earned the award, while 31 men’s teams garnered 2001 CSCAA Academic All-America accolades.
Grimes is one of 23 men to be named a 2001 CSCAA Academic All-American. Grimes, who was an honorable mention All-American in the 1650-yard freestyle in 2001, also earned the same award in 2000. Grimes, an All-ACC pick, earned Virginia’s Brooke Maury Memorial Trophy given for leadership, cooperative spirit and unselfish service in the interest of athletics at UVa. He also garnered the swimming team’s Academic Award.
Baly captured CSCAA Academic All-America honors for the first time. She is one of 25 female recipients in 2001. Baly was an honorable mention All-American in the 400-yard individual medley and 1650-yard freestyle in 2001. Baly, an All-ACC performer, was named UVa’s Rookie of the Year and was also the recipient of the team’s Hardest Work Award.
Best was an honorable mention CSCAA Academic All-American. He was one of 21 student-athletes to earn the distinction. He was the 2001 ACC champion in the 200-yard medley relay.
The UVa women’s swimming and diving team finished the 2000-2001 season with a 7-1 overall record and a 4-1 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Cavaliers were second at the ACC Championships and also finished 12th at the 2001 NCAA Championships. The Virginia men’s swimming and diving team concluded its 2000-2001 season with an 8-1 overall record and a 5-0 mark in the ACC. The Cavaliers won the 2001 ACC title and also placed 13th at the NCAA Championships, which is their second-best finish at the NCAAs.
To earn CSCAA Academic All-American honors, individuals must possess at least a 3.50 cumulative GPA and qualify to participate in the NCAA, NAIA or NJCAA swimming and diving championships. The criteria for CSCAA honorable mention All-America honors is a minimum of a 3.50 GPA and the student-athlete must achieve a NCAA “B” qualifying standard. Schools must earn a minimum of a 2.80 team GPA to be eligible for team CSCAA Academic All-America honors.