UNH Swimmer Named Scholar-Athlete of the Year
University of New Hampshire’s Anna Metzler was named the 2020-21 America East Women’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Wednesday.
Metzler, who is from Regensburg, Germany, is a repeat honoree from the 2019-20 season.
“Anna’s achievements continue to impress and amaze all of us,” UNH head coach Josh Willman said in a statement.
Willman said that in an incredibly challenging year with many obstacles, Metzler managed to qualify for NCAA’s in a dual meet after only a few weeks of training this past January.
Metzler’s academic standing is equally impressive and this all speaks to her character, dedication and competitiveness, Willman said.
“She exemplifies exactly what our program is all about and we are excited to see what more she will achieve in the years to come,” Willman said.
Metzler will be a senior in the fall and has a 3.94 cumulative grade point average. She is studying biomedical science and would like to earn a med lab science degree, according to a press release.
Metzler opened the 2020-21 season on Feb. 20 by breaking UNH’s Swasey Pool records with NCAA-qualifying times in the 200-yard individual medley (1 minute, 59.23 seconds) and the 400 IM (4:10.57).
In her debut at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on March 18, Metzler recorded the fifth-fastest time in program history in the 200 IM with a time of 2:01.00. She then recorded the fifth-fastest time in program history in the 400 IM with a time of 4:13.26 that placed 28th overall in the opening heats.
Metzler is one of two UNH student-athletes to be named a sport-specific 2020-21 Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She and women’s basketball player Ivy Gogolin, of Hopkinton, Mass., are now under consideration for the 2020-21 America East Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, which will be announced in July.
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