DURHAM, N.C. – Duke diver Abby Johnston and fencer Anthony Lin received NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships from the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the organization announced.
Johnston and Lin will receive one-time grants of $7,500, of which the NCAA awards 29 for each of the fall, winter and spring sports seasons. Johnston and Lin are the first Blue Devils this academic year to receive the postgraduate scholarships.
An Olympic silver medalist and three-time All-American, Johnston has been a standout on the collegiate, national and international diving circuits. She claimed the first national title for the Duke Women’s Swimming and Diving program in 2011 on the 3-meter springboard and has won five ACC titles during her career. The Upper Arlington, Ohio, native made history at the 2012 London Olympics, pairing with fellow American Kelci Bryant to help the United States capture its first medal in synchronized diving with a silver on the 3-meter springboard.
Named a recipient of the ACC’s Weaver-James-Corrigan Award earlier this year, Johnston is also a three-year member of the ACC Academic Team and ACC Academic Honor Roll, a participant in the Collegiate Athlete Premedical Experience program and will graduate from Duke in May with a degree in psychology.
Lin is a native of Portland, Ore., and has been a key member of the Duke fencing team over his four years. A three-time NCAA qualifier, Lin posted a career record of 181-56 as a member of Duke’s saber squad. He served as team captain as a senior, helping the Duke men post a 15-9 overall record and the sabers a 16-8 mark.
Lin is a three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll and appeared on the Capital One Academic All-District III Team in 2011-12. A double major in neuroscience and computer science, he currently owns a grade point average of 3.855 and will graduate from Duke in May.
The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship was created in 1964 to promote and encourage postgraduate education by rewarding the Association's most accomplished student-athletes through their participation in NCAA championship and/or emerging sports. Athletics and academic achievements, as well as campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership, are evaluated.
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