Six Swimmers, Two from Stanford, Win NCAA Postgrad Scholarships

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.

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