Considering she came from a school with no swimming program, Mary McCullouch has made quite a splash for the Penn State-Altoona team.
The Bald Eagle Area graduate has been named the 2013 Robbins/ECAC Division III Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. The award honors a male and female athlete for outstanding academic and athletic achievements. To be eligible an athlete must be at least a sophomore and have a 3.2 GPA based on a 4.0 scale as well as accomplishing extraordinary achievements in academics, athletics and community service.
Only one male and female is honored each year in Divisions I, II and III across the ECAC’s 300 member schools in the eastern U.S.
The junior won three Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference individual titles in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100 and 200 breaststrokes last season. She has a 3.93 GPA in Bioengineering and was named the AMCC Women’s Swimmer of the Year.
Away from the pool, McCullouch spent time in Ecuador working with special needs children and aids in research of an assistive speech device for individuals with nonverbal Cerebral Palsy, is a pianist and singer for the Penn State Altoona Christian Student Fellowship, is on the Suicide Prevention/Depression committee and is a math and physics tutor.