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Swimmer receives prestigious NCAA ELITE 90 Award for highest GPA

March 16, 2018 : Liberty University Athletics

Liberty University junior Alicia Finnigan received the prestigious NCAA ELITE 90 Award for women’s swimming & diving, presented Friday night during the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships.

The award is presented to one student-athlete competing at each of the NCAA’s 90 championship sites who has the highest cumulative grade point average.

“Alicia embodies the attributes that we seek to develop in a Liberty student-athlete, and she sets a very high standard academically, athletically, spiritually, and socially,” said Director of Athletics Ian McCaw. “We are proud of Alicia and excited to celebrate Liberty’s first Elite 90 award.”

Finnigan, a native of Sugar Land, Texas, is the first Liberty student-athlete in any sport to earn the award since its inception during the 2009-10 academic year. An interdisciplinary studies major, Finnigan has earned a 4.0 GPA every semester of her collegiate career, while also putting together an impressive record in the pool. She will receive her third CSCAA Scholar All-America certificate this year and will be a first-team selection for the second year in a row.

Finnigan is competing at the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships this week, her second straight appearance at the national meet.