May 30, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - Junior oarsman Austin Hack was named the Pac-12 Men's Rowing Athlete of the Year in addition to being named to the All-Pac-12 Team alongside Oivind Lorentzen and Kaess Smit, the conference announced Thursday.
The athlete of the year award is given to the top vote-getters based on coaches' nominations. Hack is Stanford's first Pac-12 Athlete of the Year since Alex Osborne earned the honor in 2009.
Hack, Lorentzen and Smit are all part of the Cardinal I Eight which captured the Pac-12 silver medal at the Pac-12 Championships May 19. The trio will be in the boat on Lake Natoma again this weekend as the fourth-seeded I Eight opens up action at the IRA Championships Friday at 8:45 a.m.
For Hack it is his second nod to the All-Pac-12 Team as well as his second individual honor, having captured the Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year award last year. The two-time international gold medalist (2010 Junior World Championships and 2012 Under-23 World Championships) has been instrumental in the Cardinal capturing the Schwabacher Cup against California at The Big Row on May 4 as well as its silver medal at the conference championships.
Lorentzen, a senior, and Smit, a sophomore, were each named to the All-Pac-12 Team for the first time in their respective careers.