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Six Swimmers, Two from Stanford, Win NCAA Postgrad Scholarships -- May 9, 2003

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., May 8. STANFORD swimmers Dan Westcott (The Woodlands, TX) and John Waters (Greenwich, CT) have been awarded postgraduate scholarships worth $6,900 by the NCAA. Westcott and Waters were two of only six Division I swimmers to receive the scholarships for winter sports. Both swimmers were recently named first-team Pac-10 All-Academic selections as well.

The other four swimmers receiving the prestigious scholarships were: Shilo Ayalon, an Israeli attending Georgia Tech; John Dayton, A.S. Air Force Academy; Martin Schierhorn, Penn State; and Robert Simpson, University of Tennessee. Ayalon was a finalist in the 1650, placing fifth with a school record 14:47.

Westcott was a four-time All-American in 2003 (two individual, two relays) and was Pac-10 champion in the 200 backstroke. He was also a part of the 400 medley relay team that broke the conference record as well as the 200 medley relay which broke the conference meet record.

Waters garnered All-America honors as a member of the Cardinal's 800 freestyle relay team in 2003. He is a two-time conference all-academic pick and a four-time All-American for his career on The Farm.

To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of at least 3.20(on a 4.00 scale) or its equivalent and must have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity team in the sport in which the student-athlete was nominated. The student-athlete must have behaved, both on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics. The student-athlete also must intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.