May 2, 2018
Queens' swimmer Paul Pijulet has
been honored as a 2018 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar as announced
by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education sponsors the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards to honor undergraduate students who have excelled in the classroom as well as on the athletic field.
Inspired by tennis legend Arthur Ashe, Jr.'s commitment to education as well as his love for the game of tennis, U.S. colleges and universities are invited to participate in this annual awards program by nominating their outstanding sports scholars. In addition to their athletic ability and academic performance, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars demonstrate a commitment to community service and student leadership.
"What an honor for Paul," said Queens Associate Athletic Director for Strategic Planning and Leadership Development/Director of Swimming Operations Jeff Dugdale. "He continues to be recognized for his outstanding contribution to the University and the sport of swimming. His impact and imprint continues to be far reaching and his legacy grows."
Pijulet was an integral part in leading the Royals to their fourth straight NCAA Division II National Championship, winning three individual titles and being a member of three relay event winners. In the classroom, the senior is a Business Administration major and holds a 3.66 career GPA
The Paris, France native won the 100-Yard Backstroke, 200-Yard Backstroke and 100-Yard Butterfly as his time in the 100-Back set a new NCAA record. Pijulet swam the first leg of the 200-Yard Medley Relay to help establish another NCAA benchmark along with wins in the 400-Yard Freestyle Relay and the 400-Yard Medley Relay.
Pijulet collect seven All-American awards during the 2018 NCAA meet, bringing his career total to 14 All-American awards and 13 combined national titles.
He was also a 13-time Bluegrass Mountain Conference event champion and earned the title of 2018 BMC Male Swimmer of the Year. Pijulet currently holds three individual school records, including an NCAA top time in the 100-Yard Backstroke. He has also been a part of three separate relay teams (800-Yard Freestyle, 200-Yard Medley Relay and 400-Yard Medley Relay) that hold NCAA record times.