Swimming collects Scholar All-America honors

Lindsey Prelgovisk '16 stood as one of seven Bobcats to earn CSCAA Individual Scholar All-America honors. (Photo by Sarah Crosby/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine – Both Bates College's men's and women's swimming teams earned CSCAA Team Scholar All-America status, and seven of the program's student-athletes gained CSCAA Individual Scholar All-America honors, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America announced last week.

Both sides of the program attained team Scholar All-America accolades for the spring of 2014 for achieving a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the semester coinciding with the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

On an individual basis, junior Matthew Gagne (Winnetka, Ill.), first-year Milan Brankovic (Belgrade, Serbia), junior Andrew Briggs (York, Maine), sophomores Caroline Depew (Hudson, Ohio), Lindsey Prelgovisk (Oakland, Maine), and Whitney Paine (Moultonborough, N.H.), and senior Gabrielle Sergi (Newburyport, Mass.) all garnered Scholar All-America distinction.

Gagne, Depew, and Prelgovisk each took home first team laurels for achieving a cumulative, or term grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the academic term coinciding with the NCAA Championships and competing at the championships.

Brankovic, Briggs, Paine, and Sergi each earned honorable mention plaudits for attaining a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the semester, or cumulative average, and achieving a "B" time standard but not competing at the NCAA Championships.

This past winter, the Bobcats sent a school-record five student-athletes to the NCAA Championships after the women's side finished a program-best fourth at the NESCAC Championships, head coach Peter Casares earned NESCAC Women's Coach of the Year honors, and the men's team came in sixth at the NESCAC Championships, tying the best finish in program history.