Academic and athletic greatness must run in the family. Two years after her sister, Valynn, won the Kimball Memorial Award, Amanda Grant, a sophomore from Moses Lake, Wash., is the winner of the same award. And like her sister, Amanda is contributing to the success of women's swimming and diving at BYU.
Amanda has not yet declared a major but she shouldn't have any trouble succeeding at whatever she chooses. Grant currently carries a 3.98 GPA and was named Academic All-Mountain West Conference last season. During both winter semester 2000 and fall semester of the same year, she achieved perfect 4.0 semesters. In her other semester at BYU only one A- kept her from having a flawless academic record.
Not only does she achieve greatness in the classroom, but Grant is also successful in the swimming pool. "Amanda is such a hard worker, both in the pool and in her academic endeavors," says women's swimming coach Stan Crump. "She has a great attitude and a determined outlook."
As with her academic pursuits, Amanda's preparation and consistent effort have generated laudable results. Her freshman year, Grant had not won a race all season, but she picked an opportune time to do so when she swam to a first-place finish in the 100 breaststroke at the inaugural Mountain West Conference Championships in February 2000.
"Amanda made steady aerobic improvements in the off-season," Crump says. "She worked hard in the weight room and with her jumping." The training has paid off. This year Grant finished second in the 100 breaststroke, third in the 200 breaststroke and sixth in the 200 individual medley at the MWC Championships, helping the women's swimming and diving team to its second consecutive conference title. She also participated in the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the U.S. Senior Nationals meet that was March 22-April 2.
At this year's MWC Championships, she recorded the fourth-fastest times in BYU history in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke.
Her talent as a swimmer and her success in the classroom has brought with them great opportunities, and Amanda looks to build on her accomplishments over the next two years as a Cougar.