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Bogdanovski To Receive Prestigious NCAA Today's Top 10 Award

Nov. 12, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Ana Bogdanovski, a 2015 graduate of Johns Hopkins University, will receive the NCAA’s highest accolade for a student-athlete in January as she has been named a 2016 recipient of the NCAA Today’s Top 10 Award. She and the other nine recipients will be honored at the NCAA Convention in San Antonio, TX on January 15.

The NCAA Today’s Top 10 Award recognizes student-athletes for their successes on the fields and courts, in the classroom and in the community. The award recipients completed their athletics eligibility during the 2014-15 academic year and is selected by the NCAA Honors Committee selects that is comprised of athletics administrators at member schools and conferences, as well as nationally distinguished former student-athletes.

This year’s other honorees include Matt Brown (Penn State • Wrestling), Lucy Cheadle (Washington Univ. • Cross Country/Track & Field), John Coleman (Clarkson • Basketball, Baseball), Georgia Dabritz (Utah • Gymnastics), Kristin Day (Clarion (PA) • Diving), Ruben Gimenez (Bridgeport • Swimming), Kendra Harrison (Kentucky • Track & Field), Colleen Quigley (Florida State • Cross Country/Track & Field), Zach Zenner (South Dakota State • Football).

Previously, the award recognized eight student-athletes and was known as Today's Top VIII. The NCAA Honors Committee expanded the award in 2013 to include 10 honorees in order to recognize the increased number of student-athletes, sports and championship opportunities. It has been awarded every year since 1973. Previous winners of this award include Elena Delle Donne (Delaware • Women’s Basketball), Robert Griffin III (Baylor • Football), Heather O’Reilly (North Carolina • Women’s Soccer), Drew Brees (Purdue • Football) and David Robinson (US Naval Academy • Men’s Basketball).

The award caps one of the most distinguished careers by a Johns Hopkins University student-athlete and is just the latest in a long list of honors Bogdanovski has received. These include:

• 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year Top 30
• 2015 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
• 2014 & 2015 CoSIDA Division III Women’s At-Large Academic All-American of the Year
• 2014 & 2015 CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American
• 2014 NCAA Division III Women’s Swimmer of the Year
• 2014 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Swimmer of the Year
• 2014 DIII Woman of the Year nominee for swimming & diving for THE Collegiate Women Sports Award

Bogdanovski was an outstanding representative of Johns Hopkins in the pool, in the classroom and in the community during her four-year career. She won 10 NCAA Championships, earned All-America honors 23 times and holds seven school records. She has twice as many national titles as any other swimmer in program history and she ranks second all-time at Johns Hopkins in All-America honors. Bogdanovski owns school records in the 50, 100 and 200 Free as well as four relays records. She also boasts the top 10 times in program history in the 50, 100 and 200 Free.

Bogdanovski led Johns Hopkins to three straight NCAA top five finishes, including a program-best third-place finish in 2014. Bogdanovski claimed her first NCAA title in 2012 in the 800 Free Relay, bringing the Blue Jays from a third-place finish to first place with a split of 1:47.42. She claimed six NCAA titles in 2014 en route to being named the NCAA Division III Women’s Swimmer of the Year. She followed that performance by sweeping the 50, 100 and 200 Free titles at the 2015 NCAA Championship, the first DIII swimmer (male or female) to do so since 2006.

Bogdanovski also swims for the Macedonia national team and holds records in the 50 (short and long course), 100 (short and long course) and 200 Free (LC) as well as the 50 (LC) and 100 (LC) Back. In August, she competed with Macedonia at the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia. There, she broke her own national records in the 100 and 200M Free, while finishing 35th in both events.

Bogdanovski is a two-time Capital One Academic All-American of the Year and in May she was named an NCAA Postgraduate Scholar. She graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in public health studies and a 3.74 cumulative GPA. She will take a gap year this year in order to train for the 2016 Summer Olympics, in hopes of competing in Brazil with Macedonia. She will then attend medical school at Rutgers University.

In the summer of 2013, Bogdanovski conducted clinical work and research at the University of St. Cyril and Metodis Medical School in Skopje, Macedonia. While there, she worked with doctors and professors to study the effects of air pollution in Veles, Macedonia. She created presentations on the detriments of a lead factory and its waste on the community. Bogdanovski has also completed clinical practicums with three different doctors in New Jersey and Maryland.

Since January 2013, Bogdanovski has worked as a tutor for the Incentive Mentoring Program, working with students in the bottom 10 percent at ACCE High School in Baltimore. She also worked as a tutor with the Johns Hopkins University Mentoring Program (JUMP) for two years. This past spring, she served as a Teaching Assistant in Materials Science and Engineering and she also works as a lifeguard in the Johns Hopkins Department of Athletics and Recreation.