NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Success surrounds the University of Richmond swimming & diving program. The Spiders' 14 championships in the past 15 years is coupled with unparalleled academic success.
That success continued recently when graduating senior Hannah Matheson was one of 14 student-athletes honored with an Atlantic 10 Postgraduate Scholarship for 2017.
Matheson was a member of the 2015-16 Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and maintained above a 3.5 grade point average for her final two years as a Spider. She made the University's Dean's List in the Fall of 2016 and was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars by the Pennsylvania State University Chapter in 2015. She is also a member of the Anthropology National Honor Society.
She was elected team captain for the 2016-17 season and scored the most points by anyone on the team in the 2016 A-10 Championship. She posted the fastest times in school history in the 200 IM and the 100 and 200 butterfly during that meet. She was a three-time individual medalist at the A-10 Championships and two-time relay medalist in 2017.
Outside her life as a student-athlete at Richmond, Matheson was an editor for The Odyssey Online, volunteered with Youth Life of Richmond and Express Swim America as a swim instructor.
“The opportunity to provide for advanced education for this exemplary group of student-athletes is a part of the commitment our member institutions make toward the academic success of their student-athletes. This is a prestigious honor and we wish the honorees continued success,” A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade said.
All 14 honorees will receive $5,000 to contribute towards full-time enrollment in a postgraduate or professional program. Designed to provide graduating student-athletes the opportunity to continue their education, the program awards $70,000 in scholarship funding to former A-10 student-athletes. This marks the third straight year the Atlantic 10 has provided the scholarships to 14 individuals, and over the past six years, the A-10's Postgraduate Scholarship program has awarded over $250,000 to 64 former student-athletes.
The selection process, which involves the league's athletic directors, senior woman administrators and faculty athletic representatives, resulted in a class with an average GPA of 3.71. The class is comprised of 10 female student-athletes and four males, representing six different sports.