April 15, 2011

Swarthout honored with Mary J. O'Dwyer Flynn Memorial Award

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, April 13 Mary Swarthout was honored with the Mary J. O'Dwyer Flynn Memorial Award, which is the highest honor presented to a junior female.  The award was presented at the Cardinal Leadership Celebration by Meghan McDonogh, CUA's Head Women's Lacrosse Coach.

Mary J. Flynn served on the 1944 United States Olympic diving and fencing teams.  She came to CUA in 1949 to pursue a master's degree in social work, which she received in 1951.  She then became a member of the faculty and taught from 1951 to 1961 and 1971 to 1988.  The Mary J. O'Dwyer Flynn Memorial Award is given to a junior female who has a GPA of at least 3.7, has taken on a prominent leadership role and has exemplified the highest levels of Christianity.

Mary Swarthout is a two-sport standout at CUA, excelling in field hockey and lacrosse.  She earned first team All-Landmark Conference and second team All-South Atlantic Region Team honors this past fall and helped lead the Cardinals field hockey team to its first-ever ECAC championship.  Swarthout finished the field hockey season with 17 goals and 43 points, leading the team in goals, assists, points and game-winning goals.

This spring she has been equally effective with the Cardinals lacrosse team, totaling a team-high 32 goals, 21 assists and 53 points in helping lead CUA to a No. 11 national ranking.  Swarthout has twice been named the Landmark Conference Player of the Week, most recently on April 4.

Off the field Swarthout is equally impressive.  A nursing major, she carries a 3.71 grade point average in one of the university's most demanding majors.  Swarthout was named a 2010 Landmark Conference Academic Honor Roll member and was also selected to the 2010 Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad, which recognizes student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher through the first semester of the 2010-11 academic year.

In addition Swarthout is a member of CUA's SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee) program.

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