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Athlete Highlight: Andy Huffman

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Former Lee's Summit High School swimmer is taking his mark!

Missouri S&T junior Andy Huffman from Lee’s Summit, MO and former student at LSHS earned All-America awards in seven events at the NCAA division ii swimming & diving championships and received the Elite 90 award for the 2021 season.

Huffman, who is majoring in engineering management at Missouri S&T and currently carries a 4.0-grade point average. He was presented with the elite 90 award during his team’s award presentation in Birmingham, Ala. He is the first Missouri S&T student-athletes and 17th student-athlete in the Great Lakes Valley Conference to receive this honor.

The elite 90, is an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers.  The elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average among the participants at finals for each of the NCAA’s 90 championship events.

Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their institution.  All ties are broken by the number of academic credits completed.

Huffman has earned All-America honors at this year’s division ii national swim championship meet in the 200-yard breaststroke where he finished third, and 200-yard butterfly, where he had the sixth performance.  He also won the consolation final in the 200-yard individual medley and was part of four relay teams (both medley relays and the 400- and 800-yard freestyle relays) that scored points at the national meet.

He has set two new school records at this year’s national meet, doing so in the 200-im on Thursday with a time of 1:47.47 and the 200-butterfly on Friday with his time of 1:46.50.  He is also the holder of the S&T school record in the 400-yard individual medley of 3:51.98.

In addition, the 400-yard medley relay team that he was a part of posted the second-fastest time in school history of 3:14.21, and the 200-medley team – which involved the same four individuals – had the third-fastest mark in S&T history of 1:27.90.

Huffman has also won four GLVC championships during his three seasons at S&T, twice winning the 200-yard breaststroke (2019 and 2021) as well as titles in the 200- and 400-yard individual medley; he was named as the GLVC’s freshman of the year following the 2019 conference meet.  He has also been named the College Swimming Coaches Association of America’s Scholar All-American team twice, in each of his first two years at the university, and is a two-time member of the GLVC’s all-academic and Brother James Gaffney Distinguished Scholars list.

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