The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association named the Alaska Nanooks women’s swimming team on Tuesday to its Scholar All-America Team.

The Nanooks achieved a team GPA of 3.22 for the spring semester. A record 480 institutions were named to the list, with Emmanuel College’s women’s team, of Boston, taking the top spot with a GPA of 3.80. 

“Coach Becca Weiland takes over a program that has long been a mainstay of academic and athletic success,” Greg Earhart, executive director of the CSCAA, said in a University of Alaska Fairbanks news release Tuesday. 

Weiland served as the associate head coach last season and became the head coach after Scott Lemley retired at the end of the season. 

The CSCAA recognizes teams with a semester GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

For NCAA Division II programs, the CSCAA recognized 73 women’s teams and 52 men’s teams as Scholar All-America teams. Ten of the 12 women’s teams in the Pacific Collegiate Swimming and Diving Conference were recognized as CSCAA Scholar All-America teams, with the Nanooks tying for eighth. 

The CSCAA will release its individual Scholar All-Americans next week. 


Spruce Tree running

The Spruce Tree Classic, a 7-mile trail race, is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, starting from the University of Alaska Fairbanks North Campus trails. 

Runners can expect a course on rolling terrain and with well-established trails. 

A water stop will be provided halfway through the race, and refreshments will be provided at the finish. 

According to a Running Club North news release, course conditions as of last weekend featured very little mud and minimal debris. 

Runners should plan for bugs to be out during the race. 

Participants younger than 18 must have parents/legal guardians sign the standard waiver before the race. Also, runners with dogs will not be allowed to enter the race because of the terms of Running Club North’s insurance coverage. 



The wins for Vic Lajiness and Mike Schultz in the men’s Super Senior Division of the Fairbanks Golf Association’s Senior Amateur Tournament were incorrectly listed in a story in Monday.

Lajiness was the net winner and Schultz was the gross winner.

Contact News-Miner sports assistant Brian Ely at 459-7589.