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Men’s Swimming and Diving’s Newell Named Finalist for Rhodes Scholarship

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Men's swimming and diving team co-captain Robert Newell has been chosen as a finalist for a 2012 Rhodes Scholarship. Newell will conduct his final interview for the scholarship Nov. 19 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The Rhodes Scholarship is an international award for study at the University of Oxford. The scholarships are awarded by the Rhodes Trust, established in 1902, under the terms and conditions of the will of Cecil John Rhodes, and funded by his estate. Rhodes Scholars are chosen in a two-stage process. First, candidates must be endorsed by their college or university. Over 1500 students each year seek their institution's endorsement.

Newell has maintained a 3.99 GPA as a human evolutionary biology concentrator with an earth and planetary sciences secondary field. Last spring he was inducted into the Harvard chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and as a sophomore he was named a John Harvard Scholar, which signifies having a GPA in the top five percent of his class. Newell currently holds the ninth best time in program history in the 200 IM and placed third in the 200 back at the 2010 and 2011 Ivy League Championships.

"Rob is the finest example of a student-athlete's work ethic in the classroom.  We are proud of his achievement," commented Head Coach Tim Murphy.

Harvard student-athletes have been awarded 52 Rhodes Scholarships since 1920. In 1970, Eric Hanson '70 became the first and only member of the men's swimming and diving team to earn the scholarship.