PISCATAWAY, New Jersey, February 5. SOPHOMORE swimmer Catherine "Cat" Whetstone, a two-time Big East Conference Academic All-Star and Big East Champion in the 100 butterfly, represented Rutgers University as its "Woman of the Year" at the 16th annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) celebration Sunday at Seton Hall University. The event is sponsored by the New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (NJAIAW).
Whetstone was joined by female student-athletes from high schools, junior colleges and colleges throughout New Jersey who were recognized as their institution's "Woman of the Year" at halftime of the Seton Hall-Villanova women's basketball game. The "Woman of the Year" awards are based upon athletic excellence, academic success and community service. Approximately 150 student-athletes from New Jersey's high schools, colleges and universities were honored at the celebration.
Whetstone, of Haven Beach, has compiled a 3.918 GPA in the School of Business at Rutgers. A Marketing Major with a second major in Journalism/Media Studies Major, she has earned Dean's List honors four times and in the fall of 2006 she compiled a perfect 4.0 GPA. Whetstone was selected Academic All-American in 2007, and is a two-time Big East Academic All-Star.
Whetstone is also a standout swimmer for the Scarlet Knights. She won the Big East title in 2007 in the 100-yard butterfly (53.79), was a member of the winning 400 freestyle relay team, the runnerup 200 medley relay squad (1:41.01) and was third in the 200 backstroke and eighth in the 100 yard backstroke (56.95). She went on to compete in the NCAA championships in 2007.
Active in the community as well, Whetstone has been a volunteer at the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and is active as a volunteer in her church.
Special thanks to Rutgers for contributing this report.