BOCA RATON, Fla. – Catalina Berraud-Galea, a junior at Lynn University, is the recipient of the Elite 90 award for the 2018 NCAA Division II Women's Swimming Championship. She is the fourth student-athlete in Lynn history, and 19th in the Sunshine State Conference, to win this prestigious honor.
Berraud-Galea, majoring in sports management, currently carries a 4.0 GPA. She was presented with the award during the men's and women's swimming banquet on Tuesday evening in Greensboro, N.C. She becomes the first swimmer in school history, and fifth student-athlete overall, to be honored as an Elite 90 Award recipient.
The Elite 90, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 90 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.
Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.
Berraud-Galea joins past Lynn winners: Ellen Chambers (2014 – women's golf), Martin Wehlert (2012 – men's soccer), Harold Gracholski (2011 – men's soccer) and Christine Johnstone (2010 – women's tennis). She is also the second women's swimmer, and 19th student-athlete overall, in Sunshine State Conference history to be recognized.
For more information on the Elite 90 award winners, log on to NCAA.com/elite-90.
Berraud-Galea and Sarah Hughes begin competition in the 2018 NCAA Division II Women's Swimming Championship on Thursday. The former will compete in the 1650, 1000 and 500 freestyle events while the latter takes part in both the 200 & 400 individual medley and 100 & 200 breaststroke. For more information log on to LynnFightingKnights.com.