Stupp Concludes NCAA Career

May 28, 2010

TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona All-American Julie Stupp concluded her NCAA career Thursday night as she ran in 800-meter event at the NCAA Championships for Track and Field in Austin, Texas.  Stupp, an 11-time All-American in swimming, competed for the UA’s Track and Field squad in her fifth year of eligibility under head coach Fred Harvey.

 

After establishing herself as one of the nation’s premier individual medley swimmers and winning two national championships at Auburn University, Stupp transferred to Arizona for her final year of swimming.  Over the 2008-09 season, Stupp set two school swimming records and qualified for championship heats in the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 breaststroke at the ’09 championships.

 

While finishing up her degree in journalism this school year, Stupp persuaded Coach Harvey to let her join the track and field team for the 800-meter event as she was a finalist at the Missouri high school state championships.

 

Stupp qualified for the 2010 NCAA championships in track after posting the 48th-best time run in the 800-meter sprint.  The cutoff line for NCAA’s this year was 48, meaning Stupp was the last runner taken in the event.  On Thursday, Stupp placed 32nd in the preliminary heat at the West regional NCAA championships. 

 

Stupp’s feat of transitioning from being an All-American in an aquatic sport to qualifying for NCAA’s in a non-aquatic sport is almost unprecedented.  SwimmingWorldMagazine chronicled her accomplishment and charted other multiple-sport athletes. You can read their feature here.

 

Now that her collegiate career is over, Stupp will focus on training for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.  In ‘08, she was a finalist in the 400-meter individual medley.

 

Additionally, Arizona could potentially have another dual-sport athlete next season with Stupp’s younger sister, Hallie, signing a National-Letter-of-Intent last fall to swim at UA under Frank Busch.  No word on if the younger Stupp has any track aspirations though.

 

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