PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
Louisville swimmer Liz Halet
has been named a Fulbright Scholar, becoming the first Cardinal student athlete ever to earn this prestigious award. The English major plans to spend a year abroad teaching English in the country of Taiwan.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to ""increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries."" With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program has provided almost 300,000 participants--chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential -- with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
Halet was an outstanding swimmer for the Cardinals this year as she earned All-American honors at the NCAA Championship as part of the women's 200-free relay team that placed at the 2010 Championship meet in W. Lafayette, Ind.
The native of Brooklyn Park, Minn., competed in six events during the BIG EAST championships and earned All-BIG EAST Honors. In her first event, the 800 free relay, she posted a split time of 1:48.77 and helped her team to a 7:20.40 third-place finish and a national B cut. In the 50-yard freestyle she finished sixth with a time of 23.11. She helped set a pool record in the 200-yard free relay where she swam a split time of 22:20 for a total team time of 1:30.08 and a first-place finish. This relay time also qualified for the national B cut. In the 200 freestyle, she came in fourth with a time of 1:49.27, making the national B cut. Her 100 free time of 50.23 earned her a fourth place finish and a national B cut. Halet's last event, the 400 free relay, saw another pool record and national B cut with a split time of 49.20 and a team finish of 3:20.00.
Halet was a double major in English and humanities with a concentration in Cultural Studies. She also minored in psychology and Spanish. As well as the responsibilities and time commitments of being an elite athlete at the NCAA Division I level, Halet is also a member of the Honors College and is a Student Ambassador.