WASHINGTON - Rising senior Molly Fitzpatrick (Manchester, N.H./The Derryfield School) has been named a College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-American Honorable Mention. Additionally, the Georgetown University men's and women's swimming & diving teams were both Scholar All-America selections, when the honors were awarded by the CSCAA on Tuesday.
Fitzpatrick, a human science major, was the women's team MVP this past season. She earned All-BIG EAST honors in five different events and defended her gold medal in the 100-yard breaststroke while also claiming the individual title in the 200-yard breaststroke at the 2017 BIG EAST Championships. Fitzpatrick was also on the podium for the 200-yard individual medley and both the 200- and 400-yard medley relays. In her first three years, Fitzpatrick has earned 11 All-BIG EAST honors.
She was one of a record 997 swimmers and divers from 273 colleges and universities across all Divisions selected for the Scholar All-America team, which required a grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 or higher and have participated in their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Fitzpatrick was also one of just four student-athletes from the BIG EAST Conference.
To be selected as a CSCAA Scholar All-America Team, programs must have achieved a team GPA of 3.00 or higher over the spring semester. The Hoya men recorded a spring GPA of 3.35, while the women had a team GPA of 3.50. Georgetown's men and women are two of the 11 BIG EAST swimming & diving programs to earn CSCAA Scholar All-America honors. Overall 720 men's and women's teams, representing 443 colleges and universities earned the distinction.
The honors come after the Blue & Gray finished second on both the men's and women's sides at the 2017 BIG EAST Championships. The Hoya men earned 677.50 points over the four-day championship meet to finish behind Seton Hall (872.50). Georgetown's women's squad scored 685 total points, behind only Villanova (1,017). Georgetown had 17 student-athletes (9 women, 8 men) earn All-BIG EAST honors in 37 events.