Springfield, Mass. - June 20, 2017 - Springfield College women's swimming student-athlete Emily Medeiros (Wakefield, Mass.) has been awarded a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Postgraduate Scholarship. The NCAA selected 29 male athletes and 29 female athletes from all winter sports across all three divisions to receive a $7,500 award for postgrad study.
Medeiros becomes just the fifth Springfield College female student-athlete to to earn the scholarship since 2000. In fact, this marks the first time since 2000 that Springfield College has had multiple female award winners, as women's volleyball standout Lauren Holt was honored this fall. Previously, women's cross country and track's Barbara Swallow and field hockey's Abby Perham each won the award in 2000.
Candidates who excel academically and athletically are nominated by the school's faculty athletics representative and screened by regional selection committees. Recipients are then selected by the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee.
Medeiros had a remarkable swimming career, competing at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in each of her four years. In addition to winning eight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) breaststroke titles, Medeiros earned All-America honors five times, including finishing fourth in the 100 breast in both 2016 and 2017. She holds program records in the 100 breast (1:02.45) and 200 breast (2:16.12), and is a member of the record-holding 400 medley relay (3:49.33).
A Physical Therapy major who currently owns a 3.89 grade point average, Medeiros will remain at Springfield College to continue her work in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.