March 29, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas --- Georgia swimmer Ty Stewart was chosen as the recipient of the Elite 89 Award during the NCAA Championships on Saturday at the Jamail Center on the University of Texas campus.
The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships.
The Lady Bulldogs' Chantal Van Landeghem won the award at last week's NCAAs in Minneapolis. Stewart's selection makes Georgia the first school to have the male and female winner in the same season.
Stewart, a sophomore from Hattiesburg, Miss., boasts a 4.0 GPA and is majoring in English. He has been named Presidential Scholar and has been chosen for the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America Team and the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll. Stewart is active in the Honors Program and has earned a National Merit Scholarship.
"Ty is an amazing young man," Senior Associate Head Coach Harvey Humphries said. "To achieve at the level he does academically and be one of the top swimmers in the country is exceptional. He sets an outstanding example of the best in academics and athletics. We're so pleased with how he does great things in and out of the water. Our program takes great pride in its academic success, and we're glad that Ty is another example of that success."
Stewart participated in the 200 backstroke and the 200 and 400 individual medley for the Bulldogs this week.
Georgia's Wendy Trott won the Elite 89 Award at the 2012 NCAAs.