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As expected, Laura Barito proves herself again

Laura Barito proves herself again

Originally Published: October 20, 2011
By Julie Ward | Special to espnW

Laura Barito is used to doing things that are unexpected. The NCAA-champion swimmer in the 50-yard freestyle became a champion 400-meter hurdler because track was something she did in the offseason.

She also was among just a handful of women who majored in mechanical engineering in her 2011 graduating class at Stevens Institute of Technology.

This week, Barito was named the NCAA Woman of the Year, an award that recognizes achievement in academics, athletics, leadership and ...

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