COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Rowan University’s Chad Shire and Kevin Yanagisawa were named Scholar All-Americans by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) for the 2019-20 season.
Shire was chosen to the Scholar All-America Team and Yanagisawa received honorable mention. The award honors student-athletes that have achieved a 3.50 grade point average or higher and were invited to compete at their respective national championship. Selections represented 209 college and universities and totaled 1,479 swimmers and divers. The honorable mention selections achieved a NCAA B time standard or competed at a NCAA Diving Regional or Zone Diving qualifier.
A diver, Shire received All-America honors from the CSCAA after qualifying for the national championships on the one and three-meter boards. He took first in the one-meter diving with 487.95 points at the NCAA Northeast/South Regional and was seventh (453.20) in the three-meter.
The senior was chosen the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Diver of the Year for the second straight season. He earned All-Conference first team in the one and three-meter. At the Metropolitan Championships, Shire won the three-meter (540.39) and was second in the one-meter (471.57). He was selected the Diver of the Meet for the second consecutive year.
Shire graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychological Science. He was inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society and was a member of the NJAC All-Academic first team. A Rowan Scholar-Athlete of Distinction, Shire was named to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team. Last year, Shire earned CSCAA Scholar All-America honorable mention
Yanagisawa swam a NCAA B cut of 1:49.99 in the 200 butterfly for first place at the Metropolitan Championships. He also won the 500 free (4:35.92) and was third (4:03.86) in the 400 individual medley. The sophomore earned NJAC All-Conference first team in the 200 butterfly and 500 free and honorable mention in the 400 individual medley.
He was named a Rowan Scholar-Athlete of Distinction and received NJAC All-Academic honorable mention. Yanagisawa is majoring in Biomedical Engineering. Last year, he received CSCAA Scholar All-America honorable mention as a rookie.