Kenyon’s Townsend has sport’s highest grade-point average among Division III athletes

Kenyon College swimmer Haley Townsend, a Center Grove High School graduate, has been named the winner of the NCAA’s Elite 89 award for Division III swimming.

The NCAA conducts championships in 89 sports, and the athlete with the highest grade-point average in each of these championships receives this honor. The Kenyon sophomore has a 4.00 GPA in international studies, the highest GPA among the hundreds of athletes who competed in Indianapolis this year.

Townsend helped Kenyon to a second-place finish as a member of the runner-up 200-yard freestyle and 400 medley relay teams. She was a member of last year’s winning 400 medley relay team, which set an NCAA Division III record.

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