In the second of a nine-part series on the 2013 UA Sports Hall of Honor class, ArkansasRazorbacks.com takes a look back at the career of Olympian and former swimming All-American Cheryl McArton Ward.
An Olympian and three-time All-American, Cheryl McArton left her mark on Razorback swimming and diving history. A four-time letter winner in swimming and diving at the University of Arkansas from 1984-88, she earned multiple All-America honors as a member of numerous Razorback relay teams including the 200 freestyle in 1985 and both the 400 freestyle and 200 medley in 1988.
At Arkansas, she set six school records during her collegiate career in helping the Razorbacks to three top-25 national team finishes and a pair of third place finishes in the Southwest Conference. McArton became the first female swimming Olympian in Razorback history. The Canadian competed on her country’s 400-meter relay team which finished fifth at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
The 2013 class will be inducted during the Hall of Honor weekend, Aug. 30-31. Hall of Honor weekend includes a golf tournament at the Fayetteville Country Club and an induction banquet at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Springdale. Inductees will also be recognized during half-time Arkansas’ season opening football game against Louisiana at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
Tables and individual tickets to the induction banquet and the Hall of Honor golf tournament may be purchased from the Razorback Foundation. Sponsorships are also available for the banquet and golf outing. For more information, call the Razorback Foundation at 479-443-9000 or visit RazorbackFoundation.com.