NORFOLK, Va. – Gardner-Webb had four swimmers named to the 2016 College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-America teams – part of a record 853 swimmers and divers named by the organization.
Swimmers and divers earn All-America status by posting a 3.5 grade point average as well as participating in their respective national Swimming & Diving Championships. Honorable mention status is achieved by posting a 3.5 GPA and clocking either an NCAA "B" standard time or competition in a regional or zone qualifying meet.
Recent graduate Nathan Lile (Waynesville, N.C. / Home School) added to a long list of accolades with his selection the CSCAA team. Lile was an honorable mention selection in 2015.
Lile, who finished his degree in computer science and philosophy in May with a perfect 4.0 GPA, will swim in the U.S. Olympic Trials later this month in Omaha, Neb. He was named CoSIDA Academic All-America earlier this month and was a two-time CCSA (Coastal Collegiate Sports Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Lile became the first male swimmer in Gardner-Webb history to qualify for NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championships, competing in three events in Atlanta, Ga. He earned All-Conference honors 21 times and set numerous school records over his four-year career in Boiling Springs. Lile was named CCSA Male Swimmer of the Year twice in the past two seasons.
He was also presented with the NCAA Elite 90 Award, was named Gardner-Webb University's Most Outstanding Male Graduate during spring commencement and earned the George A. Christenberry Award from the Big South Conference.
Graves (Riverview, Fla. / Spoto HS) graduated in May with a nursing degree, and forged a 3.71 grade point average in her final semester in Boiling Springs.
Graves finished second at the CCSA Championship meet in the 100 fly, setting a new Gardner-Webb record and achieving an NCAA "B" cut time of 53.94 in the finals. She won the B-final in the 100 free (51:05) and was part of relay teams that finished third in the 200 medley, fourth in the 200 free and fourth in the 800 free at the championship meet.
Schumacher (Waynesville, N.C. / Tuscola HS) forged a strong 3.77 grade point average for the spring and carries a 3.64 cumulative GPA with a major in exercise science. Schumacher earned her second Scholar All-America honor, having also been named honorable mention as a freshman in 2015.
The sophomore standout broke a school record in the 200 IM final at the 2016 CCSA Championships on February 18, achieving an NCAA "B" cut time of 2:01.54 in that race. She followed with another B"B cut one day later, swimming to a second school record with a time of 4:15.38 in the 400 IM finals. That marked her second individual CCSA title in as many days.
Schumacher also won the CCSA B-final in the 200 fly, setting another school record (2:02.80) to wrap up an outstanding week in Athens, Ga.
Tóth (Erd, Hungary) excelled with a 3.74 spring grade point average and maintains a 3.64 cumulative GPA in her communications studies major. Toth also earned honorable mention Scholar All-America honors as a freshman in 2015.
Toth had the fastest time among CCSA swimmers all season in the 50 breaststroke (30.58) and was strong at the 2016 CCSA Championships in Athens, Ga. She finished third in the 100 breast (1:02.46) to achieve an NCAA "B" cut standard and was part of relay teams that finished third in the 400 medley, third in the 200 medley and fourth in the 200 free.