Academic Achievement of Purple Tide Recognized Nationally
It has been another outstanding year for the BMHS Purple TIDE in the classroom and in the pool. The Purple Tide, Beloit Memorial High School’s Swim Team, once again has made national and state honor rolls for academic achievement, while several students broke school records.
National Academic Champion Team
The National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) has awarded the Beloit Memorial High School (BMHS) Girls’ Varsity Swim Team the National Gold Award for academic excellence. A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.75 is needed to earn this award; the Lady Tide swimmers had a team GPA of 3.904. This is the eleventh year in a row that the girls’ team has received the Gold Award.
The Boys Varsity Swim Team also received recognition, earning the Silver Award with a team GPA of 3.68 (a GPA of 3.5 is needed to earn this award). This is the 10th year in a row that the boys’ team has received a National Academic Award, and the sixth year in a row in receiving the Silver Award.
Individual Academic Awards
In addition, five swimmers earned the WISCA Academic All-State (requires GPA of at least 3.5 for 7 semesters) and NISCA All-American (requires GPA of 3.75 for 7 semesters):
Cecilia Cardenas, Maggie Gianvecchio, Grace Roegner, Sarah Elliott, and Caroline Locke.
Two swimmers on the boys team also earned WISCA Academic All-State: Andrew DeKok and Jason Schroeder.
The students are planning to attend the following colleges:
Cecilia Cardenas – University of Wisconsin – Madison
Maggie Gianvecchio – undecided between Pepperdine University, Texas Christian University and San Diego State University
Grace Roegner – Bellarmine University
Sarah Elliott – Edgewood College
Caroline Locke – Xavier University
Andrew DeKok – Loras College
Jason Schroeder – University of Wisconsin – Platteville
More information about NISCA award programs can be found at www.niscaonline.org.
BMHS Swim Records
The following swimmers also broke school records this year:
- Olivia Makinen 200 Individual Medley
- Clare Santas 500 Free
- Grace Roegner 100 Breast
- 200 Medley Relay: Heaven Wells, Grace, Olivia, Maggie Gianvechio
- 200 Free Relay and State Qualifying: Heaven Wells, Maggie, Clare Santas, Grace Roegner
- 400 Free Relay: Maggie, Olivia, Clare, Grace Roegner
Head Coach Lady Tide/Asst. Boys Coach
BMHS Athletic Department
Richard F. Vogel
Head Boys Coach/Asst. Girls Coach