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UC Scholar-Athlete of the Month for January

By: Michelle Hausman

Photos by: Athletics Department

Amanda Hardewig, a swimmer on the Women’s Bearcat Swim and Dive team, goes the distance in the pool and in the classroom.  Amanda’s dedication to maintain an impressive 3.57 grade point average earned her the title of UC Scholar Athlete of the Month for January.

Amanda Hardewig

In the 2012-2013 season, Amanda swam her top 100m freestyle time of the season at the University of Miami Invitational with a time of 53.95 and posted her best 200m freestyle time of 1:52.76 at the BIG EAST Championships. She swam her season’s best 100m back with a time of 57.86 at the league meet, as well as her top 200m back with a time of 2:02.30. Amanda explains this was also her athletic personal best because, “Coming in, I didn’t see myself as the top athletic recruit, but scoring at conference meet was a big ‘I belong here!’ momment.” In 2013, Amanda accepted a position to serve as the American Athletic Conference liaison for the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advsisory Committee. On campus, she serves in a leadership position with UC’s SAAC and is a member of the Cincinnati Women in Excellence and Spirit Together (CWEST)- an exclusive honorary group. 

When asked why she chose UC, Amanda explains, “I’m oringinally from Cincinnati so I automatically wanted to look here and after meeting with the coach and viewing the academic programs, it seemed like the best fit for me.” Amanda is a senior Middle Childhood Education major in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, & Human Services. She has already started working in the classroom and says she enjoys getting to know the students, understanding how they learn and finding ways to relate to them. She shares how being a student athlete has even benefited her time in the classroom, “In middle school, there is never a dull day and with an athletic background, I know you’re faced with different challenges. I can take that and apply it to middle school classrooms.”

It’s obvious that student athletes face many challenges in their college career. Amanda admits, “Time management is the first one I had to get down. Thanks to academic services, they made it a lot easier for me to ease into my athletic life, as well as my academic life.”  Her best adacemic achievement was being named to the Dean’s list. Some advice she would give to other students, especially athletes, is to stay on top of your academics, meet with your advisors and get to know your professors because they’re here to help.

Daughter of George and Nancy Hardewig, Amanda attended Turpin High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was a four-year letter winner at Turpin where she finished 7th in the 200 freestyle and 6th in the 500 freestyle at district meet during her senior year. Amanda also helped Turpin to an undefeated regular season and a third place showing at the 2010 state meet in her senior season.