Seidt Named Walter Byers Graduate Scholarship Recipient


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INDIANAPOLIS, Ky.- After profitable almost each notable award throughout her illustrious profession with the Kentucky swimming and diving program, Asia Seidt was one in all two recipients awarded the Walter Byers Graduate Scholarship on Tuesday.

The scholarship is valued at $24,000 and given to at least one male and one feminine recipient nationally yearly. Recipients are chosen by the NCAA Walter Byers Scholarship Committee and are acknowledged as combining the perfect components of thoughts and physique to attain nationwide distinction for his or her achievements and to be future leaders of their chosen discipline of profession service.

Seidt is presently engaged on a doctorate in bodily remedy at Kentucky. Ivo Cerda from Michigan is the 2021 male recipient of the scholarship.

“This route lets me mix two of my largest passions, bodily remedy and sports activities,” Seidt wrote in her software essay for the Byers scholarship. “Swimming has set me up for this place as a result of I used to be capable of study and follow the traits of a profitable chief by being a group captain and Pupil-Athlete Advisory Committee consultant. Being part of collegiate athletics, I’ve firsthand expertise that life doesn’t all the time go as deliberate, so I’ll have to regulate to any obstacles that get in the best way.”

Her aim is to in the future personal a bodily remedy outpatient clinic that serves athletes.

Seidt was named the 2020 NCAA Lady of the Yr in November to turn into the first-ever UK winner. She was chosen from greater than 600 candidates.

Of all swimmers and divers – male or feminine – who’ve ever come by means of the Kentucky swimming and diving program, Seidt holds essentially the most information. Seidt has earned extra All-America honors, NCAA Championship podium finishes, Southeastern Convention Championship medals and All-SEC First Staff choices than any UK swimmer or diver, man or girl, who has come earlier than her.

In the meantime, Seidt maintained a 4.0 cumulative grade-point common and earned a Bachelor of Science diploma in kinesiology with the very best honors.

In her time at Kentucky, the Louisville, Kentucky, native earned 21 All-America honors, 15 SEC Championship medals, eight NCAA Championship podium finishes, 4 convention titles, one USA Swimming Summer time Nationals gold medal and one World College Video games silver medal.

Because the conclusion of her aggressive profession, Seidt held 5 particular person college information, was twice named to the USA Swimming Nationwide Staff, twice certified for Staff USA Olympic Trials, was 3 times named to the All-SEC First Staff, is the 2019 ELITE 90 recipient, the 2019 Arthur Ashe Feminine Sports activities Scholar of the Yr, the 2020 SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Yr and the 2020 CoSIDA At-Massive Scholar-Athlete of the Yr.

One week forward of the canceled 2020 NCAA Championships, Seidt had three particular person occasions ranked within the nation’s high seven, along with her finest occasion, the 200 backstroke, itemizing third within the nation with a seed time (1:48.86, 2020 SEC Championships) that wasn’t even her profession finest (1:48.65, 2019 NCAA Championships).

A listing of her accomplishments is as follows:

  •  2021 Walter Byers Graduate Scholarship recipient
  • 2020 NCAA Lady of the Yr
  • 4.0 GPA, B.S. in kinesiology
  •  2020 SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Yr
  • 2020 CoSIDA At-Massive Feminine Pupil-Athlete of the Yr
  • 2016, 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier
  •  21-time All-American, together with eight-time First Staff All-American
  • 2019 Gold Medalist at Phillips 66 Nationwide Championships in 200 Backstroke
  • 2019 Silver Medalist at Phillips 66 Nationwide Championships in 400 Medley Relay
  • 2019 Silver Medalist at World College Video games (Staff USA) in 200 Backstroke
  • 2019 NCAA Elite 90 recipient
  • 2019 Arthur Ashe Feminine Sports activities Scholar of the Yr
  • 2019 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports activities Students First Staff
  • 2019 SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Yr
  • 2017-18, 2018-19 USA Swimming Nationwide Staff
  • 2018, 2019 U.S. World College Video games Staff
  • 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 NCAA qualifier
  • 2017, 2018, 2019 All-SEC First Staff, 2020 All-SEC Second Staff, 2017 SEC All-Freshman Staff
  • 2017, 2018, 2019 SEC Champion in 200 Backstroke
  • 2018 SEC Champion in 100 Backstroke
  •  5-time silver medalist at SEC Championships
  • Six-time bronze medalist at SEC Championships
  • 2020 Frank G. Ham Society of Character
  • 2017 SEC Freshman Feminine Swimmer of the Yr
  • 2019, 2020 CoSIDA Educational All-America First Staff
  • 2018, 2019, 2020 CoSIDA Educational All-District First Staff
  • 2018, 2019, 2020 SEC Winter Educational Honor Roll
  • 2017 SEC First-Yr Educational Honor Roll
  • 2017, 2018, 2019 CSCAA Scholar All-America First Staff
  • Volunteered over 450 hours {of professional} shadowing
  • Volunteered over 200 hours to neighborhood service, together with The Hope Heart, Kentucky Aquatics and Massive Brothers Massive Sisters of the Bluegrass


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