STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut men's swimmer Sawyer Franz (Pine, Colo.) received two major awards over the last week, earning honors from both the UConn Club and the American Athletic Conference.
The UConn standout was tabbed one of the 2014-15 American Athletic Conference Institutional Scholarship winners, as he was recognized for maintaining a grade-point average of at least 3.0 while competing for the Huskies in the pool.
His second accolade came from the UConn Club, which presented him with the Don Ruck Award. The annual award started last year and is given to a Connecticut athlete that is actively involved in community service programs. Men's track standout Paul DeSalvo was the first-ever recipient of the award last year.
Franz has participated in several community outreach events, including a volunteer trip to East Hartford Middle School this past winter through the Goal Line Program. He currently serves as the president of the UConn Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and he is part of the Connecticut Honors Program, which has provided him with a scholarship.
"Sawyer has completed a journey that goes beyond being just a student-athlete," UConn swimming coach Bob Goldberg said. "He has truly completed an outstanding four-year career with promises made and promises accomplished. He is very deserving of these awards."
The Pine, Colo. native finished his UConn swimming career as one of the best team leaders in the program's history. He will conclude his time in Storrs with two school records in addition to several accolades outside of the pool. His first school record came in the 200-yard backstroke, which he completed in 1:45.78 during his sophomore season.
As a junior, he earned American Athletic All-Conference honors after setting a school record (3:47.88) in the 400-yard IM at the Conference Meet. Franz was tabbed the UConn Freshman of the Year in his first season at Connecticut, and he was again named to the All-Conference Team this past year after finishing second in the 200-yard backstroke and the 400-yard IM finals at the Conference Championships.