Ex-Arizona swimmer honored as NCAA Woman of the Year

Chris Nelsen
Indy Star
Indianapolis, Indiana

Former University of Arizona swimmer Justine Schluntz was named the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year on Sunday night at the Indiana Convention Center, marking the third time in four years a Wildcats swimmer won the award.

Schluntz, a five-time national champion, was one of nine finalists from an original pool of 131 candidates.

A 2010 Rhodes Scholar, Schluntz will research the viability of harnessing tidal energy from the oceans to use as a renewable resource at the University of Oxford. She also committed time to various charitable organizations in the Tucson, Ariz., community.

"I hear from a lot of people, especially at school -- professors, other students -- saying that athletics shouldn't be part of college, it should be focused on academics," Schluntz said. "I strongly believe athletics can play a great role."

Schluntz joins former Arizona swimmers Lacey Nymeyer (2009) and Whitney Myers (2007) as recipients of the Woman of the Year award.

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