Amanda Gottschalk, Women's Swimming, Tufts University
Swimmer Amanda Gottschalk achieved at the highest levels of athletes, academics and community service during her four years at Tufts University.
The Lake Forest, Illinois native graduated summa cum laude from Tufts in 2017, with a double major in quantitative economics and psychology. She was an eight-time Dean's List honoree, a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District Women’s At-Large Team selection and earned NESCAC All-Academic Team honors three times in her career. Gottschalk was also a four-time College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-American, earning honorable mention honors three of the four years. In 2017, she was awarded the Marion Ricker Houston Prize Scholarship in Economics, which is given to the junior or senior economics major who has been a responsible citizen of the Tufts community and made substantial progress in mastery of their chosen field, and the Alex Elias Memorial Prize Scholarship, which is awarded to juniors and seniors who display high standards in community activities, athletics and scholarly pursuits. She also received a 2017 Tufts Alumni Association Senior Award, recognizing academic achievement, participation in campus and community activities and leadership.
Gottschalk was a two-time honorable mention All-American in the 200-yard breaststroke, placing 13th at this year’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships and 12th at last year’s national championships. A team tri-captain, she recorded three top-seven finishes at 2017 NESCAC Championships. She owns Jumbo program records in the 200-yard breaststroke and the 400-yard individual medley.
Gottschalk did extensive work in the community during her career at Tufts and was inducted into Honos Civicus, a membership society award given to graduating seniors, as a result of her efforts. She was also honored with the Adrian Misic Prize, which is awarded by the Tufts Athletic Department to a student who displays excellence athletically and academically and is active in work that helps improve the human condition. Gottschalk was president of the Leonard Carmichael Society, which is the largest student organization at Tufts with over 1,000 volunteers and serves as the umbrella organization for community service at Tufts. She also served as the Co-Director of Tufts Tutoring and was a member of Special Friends, a volunteer program where Tufts students volunteer at a daycare on a weekly basis.
“My time at Tufts has inspired me to help better my communities,” she said. “I had experiences that stand out as crucial epiphany moments for me. As I begin the next chapter of my life, I am going to build on the experiences I gained while at Tufts to help enrich my new community and its members.”