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Camel Women's Swimmers Earn #1 GPA Rank in Nation

Camel Women's Swimmers Earn #1 GPA Rank in Nation
NEW LONDON—The accolades keep coming for Coach Marc Benvenuti's swimmers. The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) announced today that the women's swim team from Connecticut College has the highest grade point average (3.78) among Division III swim teams. In addition, ten Camel women earned CSCAA Scholar All-American honors, the most from any team in Division III.  

Senior captain Valerie Urbanwho swam to an All-American finish in the 1,650 freestyle in March and was named a Winthrop Scholar, Connecticut College's highest undergraduate academic honor, was a motivating force for her teammates in and out of the pool. 

 Urban, a nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year said, "We were able to succeed in both academics and athletics this past year by always supporting each other in and out of the pool. We found success by sticking by each other through the hard work and to remember to have fun being a part of such an amazing team." 

Coach Marc Benvenuti, a six-time NESCAC Coach of the Year now in his 15th year, was equally proud.  

"Our women matched our highest finishes at NESCACs and NCAAs by posting our best team GPA. It shows that you can be a great student and a great athlete at Conn," he said.

Benvenuti's women finished a program best: No. 3 at the NESCAC meet and No. 10 at the NCAA meet in Shenandoah, Texas, in March with 10 individual All-American swims. This included the NCAA champion in the 200 breaststroke, Mary Erb '20. The men's team, fourth in the conference, earned a grade point ranking of No. 16 in Division III by the CSCAA.