Stanford junior women's soccer forward Michelle Xiao was honored with the NCAA's Elite 90 Award, given to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average at his or her championship site.
Xiao, a biomechanical engineering major from Omaha, owns a cumulative 4.05 GPA and was recently named Pac-12 All-Academic first team. Along with redshirt junior goalkeeper Alison Jahansouz, Xiao was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 first team.
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Xiao heavily involves herself in clinical research on Stanford's campus. As a part of the Stanford Bio-X USRP program, she worked in the Stanford Soft Tissue Biomechanics Lab (STBL) analyzing MRI of knee cartilage to detect early osteoarthritic changes.
During the summer of 2016, she spent time in the medicinal chemistry research lab at the University of Nebraska Medical Center working on synthesizing small molecules that could treat Alzheimer's Disease. She also published a paper from this research in the Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters Journal titled "Design and Synthesis of New Piperidone Grafted Acetylcholinesterase".
The Elite 90 award recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school.
Sophomore freestyler Grant Shoults was named CollegeSwimming.com's National Swimmer of the Week on Tuesday.
Shoults swam top-eight times in the 200, 500 and 1,650-yard freestyles at the Texas Invitational last week, including wins in the 500 and 1,650 frees.
On the second day of the meet, Shoults (4:11.34) secured his NCAA "A" cut with a win in the event, for which he is the school record holder. The Cardinal dominated the 500 free, with Liam Egan(4:14.03) taking second, Johannes Calloni (4:16.60) fifth and True Sweetser (4:16.82) sixth.
Shoults swam another "A"cut on the fourth day of the meet, winning the 1,650 free with a time of 14:39.59. True Sweetser (14:41.48) followed it up in second, Calloni (14:52.59) was fifth and Egan (14:58.33) placed seventh.
The three-time All-American also added a fourth-place finish in the 200 free, swimming 1:33.51 for the seventh fastest time in the nation. As a freshman, Shoults won the Pac-12 500 free before earning first-team All-America honors with fourth place at NCAA's. Shoults was also a first-team All-American in the 800-yard freestyle relay and the 1,650 free.