Sarah Skinner, the 2010 Salutatorian of Oswego High School, was recently one of ten student athletes to received the University of Rochester Garnish Award.
The Garnish Program was created in honor of Lysle “Spike” Garnish, coach and mentor to many U of R student-athletes from 1930 to 1948.
He became a trainer and assistant basketball coach in 1931. He was named an assistant baseball coach in 1932. Spike was an assistant football coach from 1945-48.
The Friends of Rochester Athletics, through an alumni committee, reviews nominations of students from U of R varsity teams who have achieved at a high level in both their athletic and academic pursuits through their junior year. From these nominees, a small number are selected as Garnish Scholars.
Sarah is the first women’s lacrosse player to receive the award.
A senior captain for the team, Skinner has started every game of her career for U of R. Last season she was named to the Liberty League’s All-Academic team and recorded 37 draw controls – ranking her second on the team.
Skinner is a chemistry major and will pursue graduate studies in nutritional science.