GREENSBURG – Mikayla Bisignani, a Greensburg Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School graduate and a sophomore at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, received the Elite 90 award for the 2019 NCAA Division III Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship and also earned first-team All-America honors at the meet held March 20-24 in Greensboro, N.C.
Bisignani has a 4.00 cumulative grade point average as a double major in molecular and cellular biology and psychology at the university.
At the meet, she earned All-America honors as a member of the university’s 200-yard freestyle relay team that finished fourth. Johns Hopkins finished 13th in the 40-team field at the meet.
The Elite 90, an award founded by the NCAA, is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships.
Bisignani is a Scholar All-America in both swimming and track. She was the 2018 Centennial Conference and Eastern College Athletic Conference champion in the discus throw.
She said time management is a key to her athletic and academic success, and her busy schedule is enjoyable.
Bisignani plans to become either a physician or mentor in the health care field.
“I really enjoy working with children and in education,” she said. “GCC helped instill in me an appreciation for all walks of life and encouraged me to not be afraid to stand out or try something new.”
At GCC, Bisignani, a four-sport athlete, ranked first in the Class of 2017 with a 4.65 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). She was a member of the 2014 and 2016 WPIAL and PIAA champion volleyball team, won seven WPIAL and three PIAA swimming medals, and received the Westmoreland County Scholarship Excellence Award at the YWCA’s county sportswomen banquet.
— The Catholic Accent staff