Illinois State University rising junior swimmer Sarah Hein has been named the recipient of the 2020-2021 Dede Woytowych Endowed Scholarship. The award is given annually to an upperclassman athlete on the Redbird swimming and diving team.

Hein, a multi-event athlete and Sycamore native, has excelled both in and out of the water during her two years as a Redbird. Hein posted a pair of personal best times at the 2020 Missouri Valley Conference Championships in the 100- (57.13) and 200- (2:06.50) yard butterfly events. Hein accounted for six top-five finishes during her sophomore season.

In the classroom, Hein holds a cumulative grade-point average of 3.54 as a human development and family science major and children’s studies minor.

“Sarah is a true Redbird through and through,” head swimming coach Caitlyn Hamilton said. “This last year I have watched her develop into one of our program’s go-to leaders. She strives to make personal connections with her teammates, fellow Redbirds and within the Bloomington-Normal community. The honor of being namesd the Woytowych Endowed Scholarship Recipient is beyond deserved, and I know Sarah will represent Dede’s namesake with pride.”

The award is named after Dede Woytowych, a former Redbird student-athlete who died suddenly in 2005 at just 23-years-old. The swimming letter winner for Illinois State had a strong personal impact on the lives of her teammates, coaches, the community and her fans. Dede’s parents, Denise and Rich Woytowych, founded the scholarship in 2007.

The Woytowych Scholarship is one of 31 endowed scholarships available to Redbird student-athletes funded by private donors.

RACHEL HICKEY is a Features and Sports Reporter for The Vidette. She can be reached at rehicke@ilstu.edu. Follow her on Twitter at twitter @r_hickey15 

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