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Student-Athletes Honored At Annual Spring Awards Luncheon
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 06/14/2007

June 14, 2007


STANFORD, Calif.- Senior Ben Wildman-Tobriner (San Francisco, Calif.) of the men's swimming and diving program was honored with the Al Master's Award at the Annual Spring Awards Luncheon on Thursday afternoon, highlighting Stanford's athletic success during the 2006-07 campaign.

Wildman-Tobriner garnered the most prestigous award of the afternoon, presented to the Stanford athlete attaining the highest standards of athletic performance, leadership and academic achievement.

He was one of 37 student-athletes who were presented with awards recognizing their success both on and off the playing field during the past year.

The complete list of Spring Award winners is below:

The Al Masters Award - Presented to the Stanford athlete attaining the highest standards of athletic performance, leadership and academic achievement (highest award)
Ben Wildman-Tobriner, Men's Swimming

Ben has earned 20 All-American honors over his four years at Stanford, and was named the 2007 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year after helping Stanford win its 26th consecutive conference championship ... He is a three time Pac-10 Academic All-Conference selection, while also being a 2007 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient ... Ben helped the team to a second place finish at the NCAA Championships by setting the American record in the 50 free at the NCAA Championships with a time of 18.87 ... He also set school records in the 50 free (18.87), 100 free (41.90), 100 fly (45.36) in 2007... Ben won three individual and four relay Pac-10 titles in 2007 ... He then went on to win two gold medals at the 2007 FINA World Championships in the 50 meter freestyle and the 400 meter relay ... Ben was named the University Division Player of the Year for ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America At-Large Team.

2007 Pac-10 Sportsmanship Award
Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana, Women's Golf

The game of golf demands respect, civility, honesty, integrity and responsibility. As a result of her unwavering adherence to these values, few collegiate golfers are as respected or as highly regarded by coaches, student-athletes, and volunteers from Stanford and around the country as is Jenni. Tragically, Jenni's parents were killed in an automobile accident during her junior year in high school, however she has not let their deaths keep her from pursuing her dreams and aspirations, and being a good citizen. Jenni has spent numerous hours over the years volunteering at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital as part of the Baby Buddy Program caring for infants in the Well Baby Nursery and Special Care Nursery. Her smile lights up the room and, inevitably, people are happier when she's around. For all that Jenni has lost, she has a seemingly endless amount still to give to the people she meets.

Thomas W. Ford Award - Presented to the team whose student-athletes have demonstrated a special commitment to participation in local community outreach programs.
Football Team

Stanford Football was very active in the community during the 2006-2007 school year. The players kicked off their outreach efforts last summer by volunteering at the San Jose Grand Prix in July. The annual race was sponsored by the Canary Foundation, a research group dedicated to the early detection of cancer. During the course of the school year, players made regular school visits at local elementary schools and hosted several youth groups on campus. Additionally, the team played an active role as volunteers for the Menlo Park-Atherton Educational Foundation, 2nd Mile Program, The YES Reading program, the KIPP Foundation, "Community Day on the Farm" and "Bring your Son or Daughter to Work Day".

Block "S" Outstanding Male Freshman Award
Joseph Bramlett, Men's Golf

Joseph helped Stanford men's golf to its first NCAA championship since 1994 when the Cardinal won the title this year ... He was named a Second Team All-American and to the GCAA All-Freshman Team and the All-Pacific Region Team ... Joseph competed in all 13 events for the Cardinal and finished with a 71.2 stroke average ... He recorded ten top-25 finishes with seven in the top-10 ... He carded two par rounds and 16 under par rounds and earned top medalist honors at the Puerto Rico Classic in February ... Joseph also finished in the top-five at the Big 10/Pac-10 Challenge and the UH Hilo Invitational.

Zack Giesen, Wrestling
Zack was named the Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year ... He placed second in the Pac-10 Championships competing at 184 pounds and earned an automatic trip to the NCAA Championships ... Zack finished the season with his name etched in third place on the all-time Cardinal freshman win chart with 29 wins ... He held an 8-1 record in Pac-10 duals and was second on the team with 45 dual points in 2007.

Brook Lopez, Men's Basketball
Brook made 18 starts in 26 games for Stanford and earned All-Pac-10 Conference Honorable Mention honors ... He was also on the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team ... Brook had a career high 26 points against Oregon and averaged 12.6 points per game ... He set a school record for single game blocks with 12 versus USC ... Brook also notched the school's first triple-double against USC with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 12 blocks ... His 328 points ranks eighth in Stanford's freshman record book while his 12.6 points ranks third ... His 140 field goals and 282 FG attempts rank third on the Cardinal's freshman list ... He ranks ninth on The Farm in freshman rebounds for a season with 156 while his 6.0 rpg ranks third.

Block "S" Outstanding Female Freshman Award
Jayne Appel, Women's Basketball

Jayne is coming off an impressive rookie campaign that resulted in being named the 2006-07 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year ... In 33 games off the bench, she ranked third on the squad with averages of 13.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while leading the Cardinal in field goal percentage at a 53.8 clip ... Jayne scored in double-figures 22 times, notched five double-doubles and established the school's single-season record with 61 blocked shots ... She was also named Pac-10 Player of the Week for Feb. 12-18, averaging 23.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 55.2-percent from the field in Stanford's road trip to Oregon.

Elaine Breeden, Women's Swimming
Elaine captured the NCAA title in the 200 fly during her first season of collegiate swimming, breaking the NCAA meet record ... She also finished second at the NCAA's in the 100 fly and fifth in the 200 IM ... Elaine was the Pac-10 individual champion in the 200 fly and broke the school record in the event with a time of 1:52.99 ... She was a member of the Pac-10 Champion 200 Medley Relay team which set both a Pac-10 and school record ...Elaine was a member of the 200 Freestyle Relay team that set a new school record at the NCAA Championships.

Carly Janiga, Women's Gymnastics
Carly had one of the most impressive freshman seasons in Stanford history ... She competed in the All Around for the Cardinal in every single competition, performing 56 routines with only two misses ... She was named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week once and honored as the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year ... She finished the year with a remarkable showing at NCAA National Championships, where she was a First Team All-American in the All Around, Floor Exercise, and Vault, Second Team on Beam, and helped lead Stanford to a 5th place finish, the second best in program history.

Kelley O'Hara, Women's Soccer
Kelley was a 2006 All-Pac-10 First Team selection and was also named to the All-Pac-10 Freshman Team ... She led Stanford to the NCAA Third Round for the first time since 2002 ... She was a Soccer Buzz National Freshman of the Year Finalist, scoring a team-leading nine goals ... Kelley was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week after notching a career-high three points against Arizona in October.

Block "S" Outstanding Male Sophomore Award
Lawrence Hill, Men's Basketball

Lawrence started all 31 games for Stanford and was an All-Pac-10 Conference Selection ... He scored in double figures in 27 of 31 games, posting a career-high 24 points against Oregon State and then matching that against Cal ... Lawrence averaged 15.7 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, while shooting .509 from the field ... His 179 field goals ranks 23rd for a single season on The Farm while his 50 three-pointers ties for 24th ... His 33 blocks during 2006-07 ranks 13th for a single season at Stanford.

Will Hindle-Katel, Men's Water Polo
Will led Stanford to a 17-9 record in 2006 with a No. 4 national ranking ... He was the team's fourth-leading scorer with 32 goals ... Will was named to the All-MPSF First Team, the only Cardinal player to do so as well as being named First Team All-American... He was also an Academic All-MPSF selection and an Academic All-American.

Paul Kornfeld, Men's Swimming
Paul claimed the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke titles at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships ... He then went on to set the school record in the 100 yard breaststroke with his second place finish at the NCAA Championships, while also claiming third in the 200 breaststroke ... Paul was also a member of the 200 medley relay team that earned a second place finish at the NCAA Championships, giving him his third All-American honor of the year and his sixth overall.

Block "S" Outstanding Female Sophomore Award
Foluke Akinradewo, Women's Volleyball

Foluke, a middle blocker, was named to the AVCA All-America First Team and helped lead Stanford to the 2006 National Championship match ... She was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team as well as the ASICS/Volleyball Magazine All America First Team ... She was also an All-Pac-10 selection for the second consecutive year ... In 2006, she led the Cardinal with a .431 hitting percentage, the third-best mark in the nation ... Foluke also paced the Cardinal with 141 blocks to average 1.44 blocks per game, while her 382 kills ranked third on the Stanford squad ... She was one of four Honda Award nominees.

Cynthia Barboza, Women's Volleyball
Cynthia, an outside hitter, was named a First Team AVCA All-American and helped lead the Cardinal to the 2006 National Championship match ... She was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team as well as the ASICS/Volleyball Magazine All America First Team ... She was a 2006 All-Pac-10 selection, and led the Cardinal with 463 total kills and 4.21 kills per game ... Cynthia also led the team with 48 service aces and was honored with All-Tournament honors at each of the Cardinal's three preseason tournaments.

Nicole Ourada, Women's Gymnastics
Nicole, a team co-captain, was the third Cardinal gymnast to earn Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week Honors in 2007 on the strength of her remarkable 39.575 All Around showing against Oregon State ... Despite competing in the All Around only four times during the season, she emerged as an All Around leader at the NCAA National Championships ... Her Second Team All American effort included an inspirational First Team All-American beam performance (as well as Second Team on Vault) and near perfection through two days of team competition ... She earned a spot in event finals and became Stanford's highest ranked individual event competitor, finishing in a tie for third on beam, a mere .0875 away from a National Championship.

Block "S" Outstanding Male Junior Award
Russell Brown, Men's Track and Field/Cross Country

Russell earned his sixth and seventh All-America honors this season as a member of the NCAA Indoor Champion Distance Medley Relay team and the runner-up in the mile ... He also ran a career best 3:59.29 mile during the 2007 Indoor Season ... He captured the 1500 meter title at the 2007 Pac-10 Outdoor Championships and qualified for the 2007 NCAA Championships in Sacramento.

David Sender, Men's Gymnastics
David captured his second-straight national title on the vault with a score of 9.75 ... He also earned a fourth place finish in the all-around and a fourth place finish on the still rings to help lead Stanford to a third place finish at the National Collegiate Championships ... David earned three All-American honors on the season, and was named to the MPSF Academic All-Conference team ... He ended the season with the top average all-around score in the country (54.130).

Block "S" Outstanding Female Junior Award
Erica McLain, Women's Track and Field

At the 2007 Pac-10 Championships, Erica successfully defended her triple jump title, breaking the American Collegiate and Pac-10 records with her mark of 46-05.25 (14.15m), while also earning a second place finish in the long jump ... At the NCAA Indoor Championships, she took the title in the triple jump, earning the eighth All-American honor of her Stanford career ... She is the first woman in Pac-10 history to win the triple jump and long jump conference titles two years in a row (2005, 2006) ... Her effort in the long jump (21-5 1/4) in 2006 is second-best in school history.

Candice Wiggins, Women's Basketball
Candice earned Kodak/WBCA and Associated Press All-America honors for the third straight year ... She led the Cardinal in scoring (16.9 ppg) and three-pointers (82) in 29 games played and 28 starts ... A 46-percent shooter from the field, Wiggins ranked second in assists (96) while snagging 4.1 rebounds per game ... She scored in double-figures in 25 games and scored at least 20 points in eight games ... Wiggins was named Most Outstanding Player at the Pac-10 Tournament, averaging 22.3 points per game while connecting on 14 of 25 three-point attempts ... She enters her senior year with 1842 career points- a total that ranks fifth-best in school history.

Tabitha Yim, Women's Gymnastics
Tabitha, a team co-captain, started the season as one of the top-ranked All Around gymnasts in the country and received early Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week honors ... After not competing for nearly two months due to injury, she returned to three events at the Pac-10 Championships, scoring a 9.9 or better on each ... She made a dramatic re-emergence in the All Around by winning the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship a week later ... Her extraordinary streak of NCAA National Championships performances continued and resulted in First Team All-American Honors in the All Around as well as Balance Beam and Floor Exercise and Second Team honors on Bars ... She is now the most decorated female gymnast in Stanford history with this year's four All-American titles giving her a career total of 11.

Conference Male Athlete of the Year - Presented to a Stanford athlete who distinguishes himself in conference competition
Tanner Gardner, Wrestling

Tanner became Stanford's second two-time All-American with a seventh place finish at the NCAA Championships at 125 pounds in March, posting a 4-2 record at the championships and topping three ranked opponents ... He earned his 100th career win at the NCAA Championships and currently stands as one of four athletes in Cardinal history to hit the mark ... Tanner won Stanford's first Pac-10 individual title since 2004 on Feb. 25 and tied a Stanford single-season win record with 42 wins this year ... He went undefeated in dual matches, with a perfect 16-0 record and led the team with 14 pins, seven wins by technical fall and 83 dual points ... Tanner was named an Academic All-American and had the fifth-highest GPA among Division I wrestlers with a 3.88 GPA ... He was a Pac-10 First-Team All-Academic selection.

Conference Female Athlete of the Year - Presented to a Stanford athlete who distinguishes herself in conference competition
Arianna Lambie, Women's Track and Field/Cross Country

Arianna is one of the top distance runners in the United States, and a ten-time All-American ... She became the first woman to capture the 1500 and 5000 meter titles at the Pac-10 Championships ... She ranks second in the NCAA with her championships qualifying 1500 meter time of 4:14.05 ... She earned two All-American honors during the NCAA Indoor Championships, finishing as the runner-up in the 5000 meters, while also taking third place in the 3000 meters ... Arianna was named the 2006 Pac-10 Cross Country Athlete of the Year after leading Stanford to its 11th consecutive conference title while defending her individual championship in the event ... She won her second consecutive West Regional championship and led the team to its second consecutive NCAA Cross Country Championship with her fourth-place finish.

Laura Shane, Lacrosse
Laura helped Stanford to a third-straight MPSF title, earning Most Valuable Player honors at the MPSF Tournament ... She set a new program save record, and now has 597 to date ... She made her third consecutive All-MPSF team this year and earned All-Region honors for the third-straight season ... Laura led the team with 35 ground balls, while playing every game in the cage for the Cardinal ... She was named to the IWLCA and US Lacrosse All-American Second Team.

Julia Smit, Women's Swimming
Julia finished second at the NCAA's in the 200 back, as well as third in both the 200 and 400 IM ... She was the Pac-10 individual champion in the 200 back, 200 IM and 400 IM and broke Summer Sanders' 15-year old school record in the 200 IM with a time of 1:55.38 ... She was named the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Meet as well as the Pac-10 Swimming Newcomer of the Year.

The Block "S" Honors Award for Men - Senior letterwinner with the highest GPA
Matt Crowe, Men's Swimming

Matt is a recipient of a 2007 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for his outstanding work in Biochemical Engineering ... He earned two All-American honors (six total) at the NCAA Championships as a member of the second place 200 freestyle relay team and fourth place 400 freestyle relay team ... Helped the team to its 26th consecutive Pac-10 Championship ... Matt is a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic First-Team honoree ... He is a recipient of the Terman Award for Scholastic Achievement in Engineering (Stanford School of Engineering Top 5%) ... Matt will attend Duke University School of Medicine in the fall.

The Block "S" Honors Award for Women - Senior letterwinner with the highest GPA
Rebecca Levin, Sailing

Becca helped Stanford secure a third place finish at the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association Women's National Championship in May, as a member of the B division crew ... A 2006 All-American, she was named to the first-ever ICSA All Academic Sailing Team, which honors male and female scholar athletes who have succeeded at the highest level -- both on the water and in the classroom ... Co-President of FACES (Forum for American/Chinese Exchange at Stanford).

Shirley Schoof Club Sports Athlete of the Year Award - Presented to the student-athlete on a club team who demonstrates outstanding leadership, exemplifies fair play/sportsmanship, achieves excellence within the sport and is committed to community service
Rand Miller, Cycling

Rand, a two-time team captain, was the top finisher among all riders on Stanford's National Champion cycling team this year ... After being diagnosed with a life-threatening heart abnormality late in high school, Rand opted for a relatively risky surgical procedure to repair his heart valves so he could continue to race ... After racing in a lower category during his freshman year, Rand moved up to the Men's A, the top collegiate category, and qualified for Nationals his sophomore, junior, and senior years ... As a junior and again as a senior, he finished second in the Men's A Omnium, the season-long points competition for individual riders.

The Jake Gimbel Award - Best Competitive Attitude - Male Senior
Donny Simkin, Men's Crew

Donny has trained with the U.S. National Team and is a four-year varsity letterwinner ... He raced in three IRA Grand Finals, earning one gold medal (Varsity 4+), and won four Pac-10 medals (two silver, two bronze) ... He has also earned two All-Pac-10 honors and three Pac-10 All-Academic honors ... Donny was a member of the boats that won the 2006 and 2007 Copley Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic ... He was a member of the varsity eight boat the recently finished tied for second in the IRA Grand Final, the highest finish in school history.

Hongzhe Sun, Men's Swimming
Hongzhe captured three Pac-10 titles this season (200 backstroke, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay), as he helped the team to its 26th-straight conference championship ... He earned All-American honors by taking second at the NCAA Championships in the 200 backstroke, third as a member of the American record breaking 800 free relay team, and sixth in the 200 butterfly ... He also helped the team to a second place national finish.

The Pam Strathairn Award - Best Competitive Attitude - Female Senior
Christina Hewko, Women's Water Polo

Christina helped the Cardinal to a No. 1 national ranking in 2007 and led the team to the national title game ... She was named to the All-MPSF First Team for the second time in her Cardinal career ... Christina also was placed on the All-Tournament First Team after her strong play at the NCAA Championships ... She recorded a career-high 38 goals for a career total of 122 ... Christina was also named to the 2007 MPSF All-Academic team ... She was named First Team All-American, the fourth All-American honor of her career.

Theresa Logar, Women's Tennis
Theresa was Stanford's highest-ranked singles player at No. 8 in the nation this season ... She owns a career record of 140-28 ... Her 88 career dual match victories place her in a tie for eighth on the all-time list ... Theresa finished the year 30-11 overall and 19-5 in dual match play, including an 18-7 mark against nationally-ranked opponents ... She played all of her dual matches at the No. 1 position and was one of five Cardinal participants at the NCAA Singles Championship in Athens, Ga ... Theresa was named a 2007 All-American (her third such honor) as well as to the All-Pac-10 First Team.

The Biff Hoffman Award - Outstanding Male Senior
Zack Miller, Men's Golf

Zack helped lead Stanford to its first NCAA title since 1994, finishing tied for 15th at the NCAA Championship ... A member of the All-Pacific Region Team, he competed in all 13 events for the Cardinal with a 71.5 stroke average and recorded nine top 25 finishes including five top 10 ... Zack carded three par and 21 under par rounds and was a First-team All-Pac-10 selection ... He won three individual tournament titles during the year, including top medalist honors at The Gopher Invitational, The Prestige and The CordeValle Classic ... His current stroke average ranks in the top 10 in the Stanford record books for a single season ... Zack was named a Third Team All-American.

The Stanford Athletic Board Award - Outstanding Female Senior
Cassidy Krug, Women's Diving

Cassidy was named both the NCAA Diver of the Year and the Pac-10 Diver of the Year ... She also earned Pac-10 Diver of the Meet honors and was a perfect 6-0 in the 2007 postseason ... She swept both the 1-meter and 3-meter events at the NCAA Championships, NCAA Zone E Meet and Pac-10 Championships.

Elizabeth Anne Markman, Synchronized Swimming
Elizabeth Anne helped the Cardinal to a third-straight Collegiate National Title as a member of the winning Team and Trio events ... She was named a Collegiate All-American, an Academic All American and was named the Collegiate Athlete of the Year ... Elizabeth Anne and the rest of the team went on to sweep every event at U.S. Nationals, marking the first time a collegiate team accomplished such a feat.

Donald Kennedy Award - Presented to the senior athlete who best exhibits the combination of excellent academics, strong athletic ability, and a commitment to community service
Peter Derman, Men's Gymnastics

Peter is a three-time All-American, and a four-time Academic All-American ... After walking on his freshman year, he became a team captain in his junior and senior seasons ... He recorded a sixth place finish on the still rings at the 2007 NCAA Individual Finals to earn his All-American honor ... Peter scored a 9.60 on the still rings at the NCAA Championships to help the Cardinal to a third place team finish ... He was named a 2007 Academic All-Conference member for his 3.956 GPA in Biological Sciences, while also receiving a University Major Grant to pursue his work investigating the pathogenesis of Parkinson's Disease and other neurodegenerative diseases ... For his achievements both in the classroom and in the gym, he was named a Nissen-Emery Award finalist, the highest collegiate gymnastics honor ... Peter is the recipient of a 2007 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and will attend the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in the fall.

The Captain's Award - Presented to the senior captain who has exhibited uncommon leadership to his/her team. This award is presented by Dick and Anne Gould in honor of their three "Captain Children: Karin (USC Swimming), Rick (Stanford Swimming) and Kim (Harvard Volleyball)".
Feranmi Okanlami - Men's Track and Field

Feranmi posted a third place finish in the triple jump at the Pac-10 Championships with his distance of 50-04 3/4 (15.36m) ... He then posted a season and team best triple jump mark of 50-07 1/4 (15.42m) to finish fifth at the NCAA West Regional, qualifying for the NCAA Championships ... Feranmi was also named a member of the Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team and was the recipient of the JE Wallace Sterling Award ... A two-time captain of the Track & Field team ... He has been active with the Special Olympics and has participated in "The 2nd Mile" non-profit ministry program.

The Bill Walsh Award - Presented to the student-athlete who most effectively inspires his/her team and the Stanford campus and community through exemplary commitment, service, composure and integrity. The Student-Athlete Leadership Advisory Board selects the award winner
Tanner Gardner, Wrestling

In addition to being a two-time team captain, Tanner was named Team MVP and Stanford Wrestler of the Year ... He has been a member of the Cardinal Council Executive Board for three years and was the Co-Chair in 2006-07 ... As part of the Cardinal Council, he has organized the Youth Olympics and the Athlete Date Auction ... Tanner volunteers with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, and Habitat for Humanity while also participating in Cornerstone Christian Fellowship and Cardinal Life ... He also serves as a volunteer coach at the Advanced Training Wrestling Club and as a mentor in Stanford's Partner for Academic Excellence program.

The Al Masters Award - Presented to the Stanford athlete attaining the highest standards of athletic performance, leadership and academic achievement (highest award)
Ben Wildman-Tobriner, Men's Swimming

Ben has earned 20 All-American honors over his four years at Stanford, and was named the 2007 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year after helping Stanford win its 26th consecutive conference championship ... He is a three time Pac-10 Academic All-Conference selection, while also being a 2007 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient ... Ben helped the team to a second place finish at the NCAA Championships by setting the American record in the 50 free at the NCAA Championships with a time of 18.87 ... He also set school records in the 50 free (18.87), 100 free (41.90), 100 fly (45.36) in 2007... Ben won three individual and four relay Pac-10 titles in 2007 ... He then went on to win two gold medals at the 2007 FINA World Championships in the 50 meter freestyle and the 400 meter relay ... Ben was named the University Division Player of the Year for ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America At-Large Team.


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