White picks Stanford over Mich. Dulaney standout to run, swim there

April 30, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Amanda White, Dulaney's nationally ranked swimmer and distance runner, yesterday chose Stanford University over Michigan to continue her athletic and academic endeavors.

A three-time All-Metro Runner of the Year in cross country and a two-time Runner of the Year in track, White last year became the first undergraduate to win The Baltimore Sun's Female Athlete of the Year Award.

"It wasn't one little thing as much as everything combined," White said last night. "I just ranked everything I liked about the schools in order. People have been asking me for the past month which school I was going to. It's nice now to have an answer for them."

A member of the U.S. Junior national swim team, White is ranked nationally in the breast stroke and the individual medley. She has won 11 state titles between cross country and track.

White won this year's Kinney National Cross Country Invitational and the national indoor two-mile and mile indoors -- winning the two-mile for the second straight year.

She will run cross country, track and also swim for the Cardinals.

"If she could, she would have chosen Michigan and Stanford, but Stanford has the No. 1 swim program in the country and their track coach, Vin Lananna, comes highly acclaimed from Dartmouth," said former Baltimore Colts player Stan White, Amanda's father. "They're right up there with Harvard and Yale academically. It was a decision she struggled with, but she finally made it."

The class valedictorian never has scored below a 4.0 in high school -- earning honors as a Maryland Distinguished Scholar and a National Merit finalist -- and will pursue a medically 'N oriented degree with an emphasis toward physical therapy.

White has received the Dial Award, given to the nation's top female scholar-athlete, and a Rensselaer Math and Science Award.

She recently was named by ESPN's "Scholastic Sports America" program as one of the nation's top six student-athletes from among more than 5,000 applicants. She will find out Monday whether she'll receive one of two $5,000 scholarships when the honorees are announced at 3 p.m. on the ESPN program.

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