July 1, 2010

Men's team earns national academic accolade

NORTON, MA- Three Wheaton College women's swimmers drew Scholar All-America honors from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) following their academic and athletic success during the 2009-10 season, while the men's and women's swimming & diving squads each earned Scholar-Athlete Team laurels.

Recent graduate Iris Meehan (Bar Harbor, ME/Mount Desert Island) and rising seniors Dania Piscetta (Belmont, NH/Belmont) and Nicole Zais (Sudbury, MA/Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) were lauded as Scholar All-America honorable mentions.  Each met the award's criteria of reaching a qualifying standard for the NCAA Championship while posting a minimum 3.50 grade-point average.

Meehan landed the award for the third consecutive year, while Piscetta picked up her second successive honor.  As a squad, the Lyon women were the recipients of a Scholar-Athlete Team award with a combined 3.37 GPA, exceeding the minimum 3.0 needed to earn the honor.  The men recorded a 3.08 GPA.  Each Wheaton team also drew the award for the fall.

Meehan, Piscetta and Zais helped lead Wheaton to a third-place finish at the 2010 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship, as the Lyons matched their highest placement in program history.  The trio comprised three legs of Wheaton's victorious and NCAA national meet provisional qualifying 200-yard medley relay team.  The Lyons went 8-5 in dual meets.

The men also matched their top finish at a NEWMAC Championship, taking fourth for the first time since the 2006 conference meet.  Wheaton hosted the event for the fourth time in five years.

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