Justine Schluntz Named Rhodes Scholar

Nov. 22, 2009

WASHINGTON--Arizona swimmer Justine Schluntz has been chosen among 32 American men and women Rhodes Scholars representing the United State, the Rhodes Trust announced Saturday.

Schluntz, a senior freestyler for the UA women's swimming team would become the University of Arizona athletics department's first Rhodes Scholar, subject to ratification by the Rhodes trustees after acceptance by one of the colleges of University of Oxford in England.

Rhodes Scholarships, for two or three years of study, are the 'oldest and best known award for international study, and arguably the most famous academic award available to American college graduates,' said Elliott F. Gerson, American Secretary of the Rhodes Trust. They were created in 1902 by the Will of Cecil Rhodes, British philanthropist and African colonial pioneer.

The 32 selectees would enter Oxford in October 2010, Gerson said.

Schluntz, of Albuquerque, N.M., received her bachelor's degree from the UA in mechanical engineering in May, summa cum laude, and is now a graduate student in fluid dynamics. A nine-time All-American in swimming and member of the 2008 NCAA championship team, she has a final year of eligibility this season. She is active in Big Sister and other community projects in Tucson and Southern Arizona.

She is particularly interested in harnessing tidal energy from the oceans and plans doctoral studies in engineering at Oxford.

Other Rhodes scholars-elect from Pacific-10 Conference schools include Daniel Smith of Stanford and Elizaveta Fouksman of UCLA.

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