Schluntz a Finalist for Byers Award

April 13, 2010

NCAA Release

TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona swimmer and Rhodes scholar Justine Schluntz has been named one of six finalists for the 2010 Walter Byers Scholarship, the NCAA has announced. There are three male finalists and three female finalists for the Byers Scholarship. From this group one male and one female winner will be selected as the award recipient.

Schluntz, an Albuquerque, N.M. native, is a 16-time All-American and has won six NCAA championships swimming on relays for Arizona.  Additionally, Schluntz holds two American and NCAA records in the 200 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay, respectively. In 2008, Schluntz was on the 2008 National Championship team.

In 1988, the National Collegiate Athletic Association established the Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship Program as a means of recognizing the contributions of the former executive director through encouraging excellence in academic performance by student-athletes. Under this program, one male and one female student-athlete are annually awarded a postgraduate scholarship for $24,000 in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and potential for success in postgraduate study. It is intended that an individual named a Byers Scholar will be recognized as one who has combined the best elements of mind and body to achieve national distinction for his or her achievements, and promises to be a future leader in his or her chosen field of career service.

Recently at the 2010 NCAA Championships in West Lafayette, Ind., Schluntz scored points in a team-high seven different events including the 200 and 400 medley relays in which Arizona won the national title.

Last year, an Arizona diver and teammate of Schluntz’s, Craig Sheedy, was bestowed with the prestigious Byers honor and has used the scholarship to continue his doctorate studies at Vanderbilt University.

Schluntz earned her Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering at the UA and is now studying fluid dynamics as a grad student. In November she was selected as a Rhodes scholar and plans to research the viability of harnessing tidal energy from the oceans to use as a renewable resource.

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