Ress, Farrell Earn Academic Awards
Oct. 11, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind - The Indiana University Department of Student Development and Compliance has awarded freshmen Eric Ress and Margaux Farrell with its inaugural swimming academic awards. The awards will be given biweekly to a male and female swimmer who shows exemplary performance and attitude outside of the pool and in the classroom.
Ress is in his first semester at Indiana out of Hebron, Conn. Ress holds dual citizenship with France and is the French national age-group record holder in the 100 back and 200 back. He also competed at the French Olympic Trials and represented France in the summer of 2008 at the European Junior Championships where he finished sixth in the 100 back and third in the 200 back. Ress was also sixth in the 200 back at the 2008 FINA World Junior Championships and won the 200 backstroke title at the 2008 Speedo Junior National Championships.
Ress is the son of former IU swimmer and 1976 Olympian Colin Ress.
"Eric is a model student-athlete and an even better person," said Academic Advisor Dustin Swanson. "He challenges himself and never complains about the hard work and commitment it takes to balance his academic and athletic life. Eric is naturally gifted but he also uses our academic support resources to reach his goals. Eric has a very bright future here at Indiana University."
Farrell is also in her first semester at IU and hails from Glen Rock, N.J. Like Ress, Farrell holds dual citizenship with France and is ranked No. 1 in her age group in the 50 free, second in the 100 free and fourth in the 200 free, 100 back and 200 back in France. She is also ranked in the top 16 in the U.S. in the 50 free and 100 free. Farrell is a nine-time high school All-American in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 back.
"Margaux entered IU running," said Academic Advisor Kelly Noonan. "She is excited about the educational opportunity and wants to see what IU has to offer. Margaux is a dedicated student-athlete and makes the most of the resources available to her. She meets with professors and tutors on a regular basis and doesn't take any short cuts. Her time management and commitment will set her up for a great career at IU."
Ress, Farrell and their teammates open the 2008-09 season on Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center as they play host to Kentucky in a men's and women's dual meet. Both the men's and women's programs are coming off top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships last season.
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