Another top honor for RowattGAMBIER, Ohio (September 19, 2003) The first-year rigors of medical school give Ashley Rowatt, Class of 2003, little time to bask in the glory of her undergraduate career as a scholar-athlete, but the former Kenyon swimmer continues to receive top honors for her achievements at the College.
Rowatt has been named the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Woman of the Year for the state of Ohio. The award, presented to just one women in each of the fifty states, honors outstanding student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics, and community leadership. "I am grateful to Kenyon for providing an environment where I was able to pursue a range of interests and really grow academically, athletically, and personally," said Rowatt, who is currently attending medical school at Vanderbilt University.
Earlier this year, Rowatt was selected as one of the two national winners of the 2002-03 Verizon Academic All-America of the Year award. The molecular biology major, who graduated summa cum laude with a 3.96 grade-point average, won an array of awards at Kenyon for her academic work and her contributions to the College's national-championship swimming team. She was also involved in a range of volunteer activities.
As the NCAA Woman of the Year for Ohio, Rowatt is eligible to become one of ten finalists for the national Woman of the Year Award. The names of the finalists will be announced later this month, with the overall winner being chosen in November.