COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior swimmer Justin Farra, who recently helped the team finish 11th at the NCAA swimming and diving championships, was named the recipient of the NCAAs Elite 88 Award. The award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest grade point average who qualifies and competes at the NCAA championships.   

This is the second year for the award and the second time an Ohio State Buckeye has been honored. Last year, Ohio State junior Andrew Elliott claimed the NCAAs first-ever Elite 88 Award for the sport of men’s swimming and diving.

Farra, from Clarksville, Ohio, has already been accepted into law school at Ohio State and wants to specialize in mergers and acquisitions. He will graduate this spring with a double major in economics and political science.

Farra was outstanding in the pool at the NCAA championships. He topped his own personal best in the 400 individual medley by nearly five seconds and broke the school record by nearly three seconds with a preliminary race time of 3:45.99. He then went 3:46.97 in the consolation final to finish 15th and earn honorable mention All-America honors, his first such award.

Farra also tied his own school record in the 200 individual medley, placing 21st with a swim of 1:44.86.