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Swimming champ, all-Americans among Goldwater honorees

Multiple NCAA swimming champion Elizabeth Carlton (third from the left) from Kenyon is one of at least eight Division III student-athletes who are recipients this year of Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. (Dave Einsel/NCAA Photos)
May 5, 2008 1:13:58 AM

The NCAA News

Several Division III student-athletes -- including a multiple swimming champion from Kenyon and cross country and swimming all-Americans -- are among 321 recipients this year of what is widely regarded as one of the nation’s most coveted undergraduate scholarships.

At least eight recipients of this year’s Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships currently or recently have competed in intercollegiate athletics at their schools -- including Kenyon’s Elizabeth Carlton, a biology major who won the 50-yard freestyle at the 2007 Division III Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships and was a member of seven championship relay teams for the Ladies over the past three years.

Other recipients of the scholarship -- which were created by Congress in 1986 to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering -- include Saint Thomas (Minnesota) all-American cross country runner Katie Theisen and Johns Hopkins double swimming all-American John Kegelman.

Student-athletes from Amherst, Drew, St. Olaf, Union (New York) and Wheaton (Massachusetts) also are among this year’s scholarship recipients.

The recipients will receive the scholarship for one or two years, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.

This year’s Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,035 students who initially were nominated for the honor by faculty members, then invited to submit applications.

Carlton, who plans to pursue a doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology and ultimately to conduct research on the “life history evolution of birds,” said applying for the scholarship helped her focus on her future.

“While working on the application, I realized how much I enjoyed coming up with these ideas for research,” she said in a Kenyon news release. “I am excited to pursue a future as a research biologist because of the creativity that the job involves. There are so many questions to answer.


“I am particularly fascinated by the trade-offs that animals face throughout their lifetimes in order to maintain a balance between their personal health and the quality of their offspring.”

Theisen, who has a perfect grade-point average as a biology major, has worked with Saint Thomas faculty members on research into ecological effects on reproduction, and plans to attend medical school and perhaps teach.


She finished 20th last fall at the Division III Women’s Cross Country Championships to earn all-American honors, and anchored her distance medley relay team to a runner-up finish in March at the Division III Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships. A week ago, that same relay team finished second at the Drake Relays.

Kegelman, a mechanical engineering major at Johns Hopkins, claimed all-American honors in the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes this spring to help the Blue Jays to a runner-up finish at the Division III Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

He plans to pursue studies in aerospace engineering, aspiring to conduct research in supersonic flow for NASA and eventually to teach at the university level.

Other recipients are:

  • Mike Bono, a mechanical engineering major at Union (New York) and member of the track team. He is a member of the college’s Aerogel Research Team, an interdisciplinary group of chemists and mechanical engineers investigating the ultra-light materials used as insulators, catalysts and sensors.
  • Ann Mularz, a chemistry major at Drew, where she earned Landmark Conference all-academic honors as a soccer goalkeeper and also plays basketball. She is interested in pursuing a career in nanotechnogy and the fabrication of microscopic devices.
  • Paul Nichol, a three-year track and cross country student-athlete at St. Olaf, who as a chemistry major wrote a research proposal to use biophysical methods to study a protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Blair Rossetti, a biochemistry major and cross country team member who has been the lead student researcher in Wheaton’s national Sea Urchin Genome Sequencing Consortium.
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  • Zandra Walton, a cross country and track runner on nationally ranked teams at Amherst, where she majors in chemistry. She hopes to conduct oncology research and ultimately focus on translational science and teach in medical school.

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