Empire KC Alum Andy Huffman named as recipient of NCAA Elite 90 Award

Carmen Menges
ROLLA, Mo. – Missouri S&T junior  Andy Huffman (Lee's Summit, MO/Lee's Summit) , who has earned All-America awards in seven events this week at the NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships, was named today as the recipient of the Elite 90 Award for the 2021 season.

Huffman, who is majoring in engineering management at Missouri S&T and currently carries a 4.0 grade point average.  He was presented with the award during the team awards presentation on Saturday in Birmingham, Ala., and is the first Missouri S&T student-athlete and 17th student-athlete in the Great Lakes Valley Conference to receive this honor.

The Elite 90, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers.  The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average among the participants at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 90 championship events.

Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their institution.  All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.

Huffman has earned All-America honors at this year's national meet in the 200-yard breaststroke where he finished third on Saturday night and 200-yard butterfly, where he had a sixth performance on Friday.  He also won the consolation final in the 200-yard individual medley and was part of four relay teams (both medley relays and the 400- and 800-yard freestyle relays) that scored points at the national meet.

He has set two new school records at this year's national meet, doing so in the 200-IM on Thursday with a time of 1:47.47 and the 200-butterfly on Friday with his time of 1:46.50.  He is also the holder of the S&T school record in the 400-yard individual medley of 3:51.98.

In addition, the 400-yard medley relay team that he was a part of along with  Noah Clancy (Alton, IL/Alton) , Josh Umrysh and  Marco Flores (San Pedro Sula, Honduras/SERAN Private Bilingual School)  posted the second-fastest time in school history of 3:14.21 and the 200-medley team – which involved the same four individuals – had the third-fastest mark in S&T history of 1:27.90.

Huffman has also won four GLVC championships during his three seasons at S&T, twice winning the 200-yard breaststroke (2019 and 2021) as well as titles in the 200- and 400-yard individual medley; he was named as the GLVC's Freshman of the Year following the 2019 conference meet.  He has also been named twice to the College Swimming Coaches Association of America's Scholar All-America team in each of his first two years at the university and is a two-time member of the GLVC's All-Academic and Brother James Gaffney Distinguished Scholars list.

For more information on the Elite 90 award winners, log on to  https://www.ncaa.com/elite-90 .