March 24, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- University of Michigan men's swimmer PJ Ransford was named the recipient of the 2017 Elite 90 Award on Friday (March 24) at the NCAA Championships at IUPUI Natatorium. The award is presented to the participating student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average at the each of the NCAA's 90 championships.
Ransford, a junior, is enrolled in the College of Engineering and is majoring in mechanical engineering. Just Wednesday (March 22), he was one of 13 student-athletes on the men's swimming and diving team to receive Academic All-Big Ten honors and was one of 12 student-athletes in winter sports across the entire Big Ten Conference to have a perfect grade-point average.
He is the fourth University of Michigan student-athlete to receive the prestigious academic award since its inception in 2009-10, along with Danielle Johnson (water polo, 2016), Kinsey Vear (rowing, 2016) and Benjamin Baldus-Strauss (men's gymnastics, 2010).
A native of Pittsford, New York, Ransford is a member of the 2016-17 U.S. National Team. He was an NCAA All-American in the 1,650-yard freestyle as a freshman in 2015 and Big Ten champion in the same event in 2016. He will swim in the final heat of the 1,650-yard freestyle tomorrow (Saturday, March 25) to close the NCAA Championships.
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