Dillione and Tillie Tabbed CSCAA Scholar All-Americans; Spartan Women Earn Team Award

(L-R): Maggie Dillione and Sara Tillie
(L-R): Maggie Dillione and Sara Tillie

CHICAGO, Ill. – Led by a pair of Scholar All-Americans in rising seniors Maggie Dillione (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) and Sara Tillie (Fallston, Md./Fallston), the Case Western Reserve University women's swimming & diving team earned the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Team Scholar All-America award for the championship semester of the 2012-13 season.

Dillione was named to the CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team, while Tillie picked up honorable mention status for the second year in a row.

As a team, the Spartans tied for 32nd in the NCAA Division III ranks with a 3.43 grade point average. Now having earned the honor in each of their three seasons under Head Coach Doug Milliken, the Spartans ranked second amongst the seven University Athletic Association schools on the list.

The Team Scholar All-American award is presented to programs with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The award is presented twice annually, first in the fall semester and second in the semester of the NCAA Championship (Winter/Spring). The Spartans compiled a 3.40 GPA during the fall.

A team captain, Dillione turned in a pair of All-American finishes in the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly races at the NCAA Championship Meet in Texas. The team's first All-American since 2007, Dillione also won a UAA Championship in the 200 fly and set school records in both butterfly events this winter (100 fly - 56.25/200 fly – 2:03.20). Academically, she earned UAA All-Academic honors for the second-straight season as a biology (pre-med) major.

Tillie, the team's top performer in five events, set a school record in the 200 individual medley with an NCAA "B" cut time of 2:07.53. Also a two-time UAA All-Academic honoree as an anthropology and Asian studies double-major, Tillie is a member of two school-record relay quartets along with Dillione – the 200 and 400 medley.

Overall, 10 of the team's 15 second year or higher student-athletes earned UAA All-Academic honors, given to student-athletes who have completed at least one full year of college study and who carry a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.30

The Scholar All-American award is presented to student-athletes with a GPA of 3.5 or higher for the semester that also competed at their respective national championship. The Honorable Mention Scholar All-American award also requires a 3.5 GPA for student-athletes that achieved a "B" time standard but did not compete at the national championship. Both awards are presented following the championship semester.