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Barnes Wins Al Masters Award at Annual Spring Awards Luncheon
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Release: 06/15/2006

June 15, 2006

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Women's tennis star Alice Barnes today was named winner of the Al Master's Award at the Annual Spring Awards Luncheon honoring Stanford's athletic success during the 2005-06 season. Barnes was one of 32 Stanford student-athletes who were presented with awards recognizing their success both on and off the playing field during the past year.

Barnes, a four-time All-American who helped the Cardinal win its third straight national title, was honored with the most prestigious award. The Al Masters Award is presented to the Stanford athlete attaining the highest standards of athletic performance, leadership and academic achievement.

The complete list of Spring Award winners is below:

2005-06 Spring Award Winners

Al Masters Award - Presented to the Stanford athlete attaining the highest standards of athletic performance, leadership and academic achievement (highest award)
Alice Barnes, Women's Tennis
Alice is a four-time All-American, who helped the women's tennis program to three-straight NCAA team championships and a 161-2 record ... As a team captain over the past two years, she also helped the Cardinal to an 86-match winning streak and kept the squad's home-court advantage going, with a win streak that is now up to 107 matches since 1999 ... Alice is a three-time Pac-10 doubles champion and the 2005 NCAA Doubles Champion and was selected as the 2005 ITA National Doubles Team of the Year ... She was the Most Outstanding Performer at each of the last three NCAA Championships ... Alice finishes her career with a 140-28 record in singles and a No. 3 ranking ... For the second year in a row, she was the recipient of the Northwest Region ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship ... Alice is a two-time First-Team Pac-10 All-Academic honoree and an ESPN Academic All-America Women's At-Large First-Team All-District VIII selection.

Biff Hoffman Award - Outstanding Male Senior
Peter Varellas, Men's Water Polo
Voted a first team All-American during his senior season in helping lead Stanford to a 20-7 record, a #2 national ranking and a berth in the championship game at the NCAA Final Four ... A two-time All-American ... The team leader in goals in 2005 with 62 ... Scored 168 goals in four seasons at Stanford ... Voted to the NCAA All-Tournament team three times ... Gained All-MPSF first team honors during his junior and senior seasons ... Scored ten goals in three games in helping guide the Cardinal to the MPSF title game ... A two-time AWPCA All-Academic, and a two-time All-MPSF Academic selection.

Stanford Athletic Board Award - Outstanding Female Senior
Amber Liu, Women's Tennis
Amber is a four-time All-American, a two-time NCAA Singles Champion, a 2005 NCAA Doubles Finalist ... She helped Stanford to three NCAA team championships and a 161-2 record ... Amber was the 2003 and 2004 ITA National Player of the Year ... This season, she was named the ITA National Senior Player of the Year ... As a team captain, she also helped the Cardinal to an 86-match winning streak and kept the squad's home-court advantage going, with a win streak that is now up to 107 matches since 1999 ... Finished her career with a 94-23 record in singles and a No. 12 ranking ... She is a three-time First-Team Pac-10 All-Academic honoree and was twice selected to the ESPN Academic All-America Women's At-Large All-District VIII teams.

Jake Gimbel Award - Excellence of attitude in athletic endeavor, male senior
Chris Minaker, Baseball
Chris Minaker earned All-Pac-10 honors in a huge senior season as he led the Cardinal in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.346), homers (11), RBI (64), stolen bases (5, co-leader) and hits (82), with career-highs in all but stolen bases ... Minaker posted three hit streaks of 10 or more games and hit safely in 45 of 55 regular season contests overall ... Minaker has made 152 consecutive starts at shortstop dating back to his sophomore season and has played every inning of every game at the position in each of the last two campaigns ... Defensively, he led the Pac-10 with 197 assists in the regular season and made just one error in his final 28 regular season contests.

Ray Blake, Wrestling
Ray finished his collegiate wrestling career in remarkable fashion, tying the school record with 41 victories this season and earning his first trip to the NCAA Championships ... A team captain, he placed at six tournaments, winning the title at the Central Missouri Open and finishing in third place at the Pac-10 Championships ... Ray, who had only competed in 15 matches prior to his senior season, went 10-2 in duals this year and helped the Cardinal to a winning record as a team.

Chris Hernandez, Men's Basketball
Chris ended his outstanding four-year career at Stanford as one of top point guards on The Farm ... He was a First-team Pac-10 All-Conference honoree this season on his way to becoming the 34th player in school history to reach 1,000 points for his career ending with 1,265 ... Chris was a First-team Pac-10 All-Academic selection as well ... His 198 career three-pointers ranks fourth in the Cardinal record book while his 396 career assists puts him fifth all-time ... His 138 career steals ranks fifth as well on The Farm ... His .859 (359-418) free throw percentage ranks sixth all-time on The Farm while his season FT percentage of .901 (109-121) puts him fourth for a single season.

Pam Strathairn Award - Best competitive attitude, female senior
Dana Kirk, Women's Swimming
Dana Kirk wrapped up an incredible collegiate career with the final three of the 17 All-American honors she won during her four seasons with the Cardinal ... Kirk highlighted her season with a third-place showing in the 100 fly at the NCAA's as she reached the championship finals of the event for her fourth consecutive campaigns ... She came back to win the consolation finals of the 200 fly on the final day of her collegiate career ... Kirk finished her career ranked fourth on Stanford's all-time Top 10 list in both the 100 and 200 fly ... She also won 10 career Pac-10 titles

Lauren Lappin, Softball
One of the best players to come through the Stanford Softball program, Lauren has twice been named an NFCA All-American ... This season, after closing out Pac-10 play with a sweep of Washington and top-ranked UCLA, Lauren led her squad on to the NCAA Super Regional ... She was honored as a member of the All-Pac-10 First Team and was also named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year for her tenacity at shortstop ... An offensive threat who batted .328 on the season with a team-leading 42 runs, Lauren was also selected Second-Team All-Pacific Region.

Block "S" Honors Award for Men - Senior letter-winner with the highest GPA
William Clayton, Men's Volleyball
William Clayton was a four-year letter-winner on the Cardinal men's volleyball team while also excelling in the classroom ... He is an English major with a 3.88 grade point average ... William was a part-time starter as a freshman before going on a two-year Mormon Mission to Baltimore, Maryland ... Upon his return to Stanford, he became a key member of the Cardinal men's volleyball program for three more years ... William will attend Yale Law School following his graduation from Stanford University.

Block "S" Honors Award for Women - Senior letter-winner with the highest GPA
Adelina Acuna, Women's Fencing
A four-year member of the women's fencing team and two-year team captain, Adelina has become one of the most respected members of the Cardinal fencing program ... She sports a 3.84 GPA while majoring in American Studies with a secondary major in History ... Along with being a valuable member of the fencing program, Adelina is also a Resident Assistant at Kairos House on campus and an Education and Youth Fellow at the Haas Center for Public Service ... Adelina was a member of the Sabre squad which won the Western Regional Championship in 2005 and 2006.

Conference Male Athlete of the Year - Presented to the Stanford Athlete who distinguishes himself in conference competition
Hongzhe Sun, Men's Swimming
Hongzhe enjoyed a breakout season for the Cardinal in 2006 ... In helping lead Stanford to its 25th straight Pac-10 title, Sun captured first place honors in the 100 and 200 back, and the 200 IM ... For his efforts, Sun was voted Pac-10 Swimmer of the Meet ... At the NCAA Championship, he won two All-American honors in finishing second in the 200 back, and swimming the leadoff leg on the third place 400 medley relay team ... Sun also gained All Pac-10 Academic honors for a second straight year.

Rob Grube, Men's Golf
Rob was recognized as one of the top collegiate golfers in the country during the 2005-06 season ... He was honored as the Pac-10 Conference Co-Player of the Year and tabbed to the GCAA Pacific All-Region Team ... He led the squad with the lowest stroke average and was an honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic selection ... Rob posted eight top 10 finishes on the year with two individual medalist titles as well.

Conference Female Athlete of the Year- Presented to the Stanford Athlete who distinguishes herself in conference competition
Arianna Lambie, Women's Cross Country/Track
Arianna is one of the top distance runners in the United States ... She won the 2006 Pac-10 championship in the 1500 meters and her time of 4:15.65 is currently second-best among collegiate runners this year ... Her 5000 meter time this year is currently third-best among collegiate runners ... Arianna was Stanford's top runner in leading the Cardinal to the 2005 NCAA cross country title ... She won the 2005 Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional titles ... She ran the anchor leg on the 4 x 1500 meter relay team which set the American record (17:18.63) at the Penn Relays ... Arianna helped lead Stanford to a second place team finish and gained All-American honors on the distance medley relay at the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championship ... She also earned All-American honors in finishing third in the 3000 meters and fourth in the mile at the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championship.

Erica McLain, Women's Track & Field
Erica is one of the top triple jumpers in the United States ... 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) ... She also won the 2006 triple jump at the NCAA West Regional ... Her triple jump effort (45-5) is currently third-best among collegiate performers this year ... Her effort in the long jump (21-5 1/4) in 2006 is second-best in school history and is fourth-best among collegiate performers this year ... She gained All-American honors in the triple jump and long jump at the 2006 NCAA Indoor Championship.

Candice Wiggins, Women's Basketball
Candice is a two-time All-American and has helped guide the Cardinal to a pair of Elite Eight appearances in her first two seasons on The Farm ... She became the 26th player in school history to reach the 1,000 point milestone, and did it with the second-fastest pace, taking just 54 games to get there ... She was named the Pacific-10 Conference Women's Basketball Player for the second year in a row, making her just the sixth player to receive two Pac-10 Player of the Year awards, and the fifth to receive the honor in consecutive seasons ... Candice scored in double figures in every game this season, extending her streak to 36-straight games with 10 or more points (she has scored in double figures in 65 of her 69 games) ... She already ranks 17th in school history with 1,352 points and is the school-record holder with an average of 19.6 points per game.

Block "S" Outstanding Male Junior Award
Ben Wildman-Tobriner, Men's Swimming
In 2006, Ben helped lead Stanford to its 25th consecutive Pac-10 title ... He won the Pac-10 titles in the 50 and 100 free, swam on the Pac-10 winning 200 free relay team, placed second in the 100 fly, and swam on the second place 200 and 400 free relay teams, and the 400 medley relay team ... At the NCAA Championships, Ben gained six All-American honors ... At the NCAA's, he finished second in the 50 and 100 free ... In three seasons at Stanford, Ben has gained 13 All-American honors ... He set the school record in the 100 free in 2006 ... In the last three years, he has helped lead Stanford to two second place finishes, and one third place finish at the NCAA Championships ... Ben was also named Pac-10 All-Academic for a second time in 2006.

Dylan Carney, Men's Gymnastics
Dylan became the 15th Stanford men's gymnast to be crowned national champion this season as he claimed the individual high bar title at the NCAA Championships with a season-best 9.700 ... He also earned sixth place at the NCAA Championships on the vault to help lead Stanford to a third-place finish, the highest team finish since 1996 ... Earlier in the season, Dylan took home the high bar title at the competitive Pacific Coast Classic ... He was also named to the MPSF Academic All-Conference Team, boasting the highest GPA in the conference with a 3.91.

Block "S" Outstanding Female Junior Award
Kristin Richards, Women's Volleyball
Kristin gained first team AVCA All-American and ASICS/Volleyball in 2005 ... She also was named first team AVCA Pacific Region and named to the All Pac-10 first team for a third straight season ... Kristin finished first on the team and third in the Pac-10 with 544 kills ... Her 544 kills is sixth-best for a single season in school history ... She was second on the team in digs with 394 which is sixth-best for a single season in school history ... Kristin was named to the all-tournament team at the AVCA/NACWAA Showcase, the Boston College Invitational, the Colorado Invitational and the Stanford Invitational ... Kristin has 1,422 career kills at Stanford, ninth-best in school history ... Her 1,247 career digs is fifth-best in school history.

Theresa Logar, Women's Tennis
Theresa is a two-time All-American who has helped the Cardinal to a perfect 86-0 record and three NCAA Championships during her first three years on The Farm ... She clinched the Cardinal's 4-1 victory over Miami to help Stanford claim its 15th NCAA Championship ... She was an NCAA Singles Semifinalist this year and was the lone seeded player in the entire field to advance to the final four ... She was the 2006 recipient of the Northwest Region ITA Player to Watch Award, which is given to a player who has had an outstanding season and is expected to perform at a high level the rest of her career ... She finished the dual season with a perfect 20-0 record and ended the year with a 39-5 record and a No. 4 ranking in singles ... This season, Theresa was 20-5 against ranked opponents, including a win over the top-ranked player in the country in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament.

Block "S" Outstanding Male Sophomore Award
Tanner Gardner, Wrestling
Tanner became just the 12th wrestler in Stanford history to earn All-America honors with an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championships this spring ... He finished his sophomore season with 37 wins, including 12 dual victories as the Cardinal finished the year with a winning record ... Tanner placed at all seven tournaments he competed in, winning the title at the Central Missouri Open and placing second at the Pac-10 Championships ... Next season, as a redshirt junior, Gardner will look to become just the second Stanford wrestler to earn multiple All-America honors ... This year, he was honored as an ESPN Academic All-America Men's At-Large First Team in District 8 and was also named to the National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Academic Team.

David Sender, Men's Gymnastics
A four-time All-American for the Cardinal this season, David joined the ranks of 15 other Stanford gymnasts as he was crowned NCAA champion on the vault ... He was also fifth on the still rings, sixth on the parallel bars and fifth in the all-around competition to add three more All-American honors and lead Stanford to a third-place team finish ... David claimed the MPSF individual championship on the vault and finished second on the floor ... He was selected to the U.S. National Team after finishing fourth at the Winter Cup in February.

Block "S" Outstanding Female Sophomore Award
Tabitha Yim, Women's Gymnastics
Tabitha finished the 2006 season as one of the top collegiate gymnasts ... At the NCAA Championship, she won three All-American honors in the All-Around, Bars and Floor Exercise ... That gives her seven All-American honors in two seasons ... Tabitha won the NCAA West Regional and Pac-10 titles in the All-Around ... She also won the Regional Bars title and tied for first on Beam, and finished third on Floor Exercise ... At the Pac-10 Championship, Yim, in addition to winning the All-Around title, won the Beam crown and finished second on Floor Exercise ... She was named to the All Pac-10 team on Vault, Bars, Beam and Floor Exercise.

Sara Lowe, Synchronized Swimming
For the second straight season, Sara was the highpoint scorer at the Collegiate Nationals while leading Stanford to the national championship ... Sara placed first in solo and duet (with teammate Courtenay Stewart) and led Stanford to its second straight national title and fourth overall ... She earned All-America honors for the second straight season ... At the U.S. Nationals, Sara and Stewart placed first in duet and became the first collegiate team in over 20 years to capture the gold ... Sara also took second in solo in leading Stanford to a second place finish ... Sara is a 2004 Canadian Olympian.

Laura Shane, Women's Lacrosse
Recognized as one of the top goalkeepers in the country, Laura led her team to its first NCAA Tournament appearance while boasting the third-best save percentage in the nation. She was the only Division I goalkeeper to register multiple 20+ save performances in 2006 and her 22 saves against North Carolina on April 2 tied for the top mark in the NCAA. The sophomore finished the season with 205 total saves, and 105 against ranked teams. Just halfway through her career, she is within 50 saves of a Cardinal career record. Laura was named to the All-MPSF Team and the IWLCA All-Regional First Team for her impressive 2006 performance and was one of 21 nominees for the elite Tewaaraton Trophy. Recently, along with teammate Megan Burker, she became the first Stanford player named to an All-America team.

Block "S" Outstanding Male Freshman
Matt Bruch,Men's Tennis
Matt was recognized in 2006 as one of the top freshman tennis players in the country ... He won the Pac-10 Singles Championship, was named First-Team All-Pac-10 and the conference's Newcomer of the Year ...He was also named by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association as the National "Rookie to Watch" ... Matt finished his freshman campaign with a 31-8 overall singles record and an 18-6 record vs. ranked opponents ... He was a semifinalist at the All-America Championships and a quarterfinalist at the ITA National Indoors.

Nate Cass, Men's Swimming
Nate was voted by the league's coaches as the Pac-10 Conference Newcomer of the Year ... Nate earned three All-American honors in the 200 IM, the 100 breast and the 200 breast as Stanford finished third at the NCAA Championship ... Nate also helped the Cardinal to its 25th straight Pac-10 title with three top seven finishes at the conference meet, including a second place finish in the 200 IM ... Cass already is ranked in the Top 10 in school history in the 100 and 200 breast as well as the 200 IM.

William Hindle-Katel, Men's Water Polo
Named the 2005 MPSF Newcomer of the Year after completing his first collegiate water polo season as Stanford's third leading scorer with 37 goals ... Helped lead Stanford to a 20-7 record, an 8-3 mark in the MPSF and a #2 national ranking ... Voted to the NCAA All-Tournament second team at the 2005 Final Four ... Helped lead the Cardinal to the NCAA championship game against USC ... Also helped Stanford to the MPSF Tournament title game.

Block "S" Outstanding Female Freshman Award
Foluke Akinradewo, Women's Volleyball
Foluke was named the 2005 Pacific-10 Freshman of the Year ... Foluke also was named the AVCA Pacific Region Freshman of the Year in addition to being a first team All Pac-10 selection ... She was named a second team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association and ASICS/Volleyball ... She was first on the team and third in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage at .397 ... Her hitting percentage was #3 for a single season in school history ... In 13 matches, she hit .450 or better, and had double-digits in kills in 26 of the 32 matches ... Foluke also led the Cardinal in blocks... She was named tournament MVP at the Colorado Invitational, the Stanford Invitational and the Colorado

Lauren Silver, Women's Water Polo
Named the 2006 MPSF Newcomer of the Year ... Named to the MPSF All-Freshman team and All-Conference Honorable Mention ... Stanford's leading scorer with 52 goals to help lead Stanford to a 24-5 record and a trip to the 2006 NCAA Championship ... Scored a season-high four goals in Stanford's first match of the MPSF Tournament against UC Irvine ... Helped lead the Cardinal to the MPSF Tournament championship ... Scored two goals in the third place game at the NCAA Championship in 2006. Invitational.

Taylor Grimes, Women's Sailing
Whether skippering or crewing, Freshman Taylor Grimes (Newport Beach, CA) has been a bolt of lightning at every event she has sailed for the Cardinal in 2005-06. Skippering in her first intersectional in October, she finished 5th in the Coed A-Division, and top women's skipper. By April, she was leading B-Division at the competitive Brown University Women's Regatta. At the Spring Women's PCC's, Taylor and crew Mariana Beardworth finished with a string of first place finishes to lead the Cardinal to the PCC Women's Championship. She joined an elite group of women sailors by winning B-Division at the ICSA Women's Doublehanded Nationals in Charleston, SC. Crewing for junior Emery Wager, Taylor became a pivotal member of Stanford's Team Race Team, leading the Cardinal to their first Pacific Coast Team Race Championship in over 10 years.

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.
Krista Rappahahn, women's basketball
Not only did Krista help Stanford to three-straight Elite Eight appearances and break the school record for three-pointers in a single season, she also made time to volunteer around the Stanford community and pursue her academic interests ... She has volunteered her time at the Arbor Free Clinic, served as a counselor at Camp Kesem, mentored fellow student-athletes, and taught youth basketball clinics ... Krista was named to the 2006 ESPN Academic All-District Women's Basketball First Team for District 8 and was a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic honoree ... Krista also finished in second place at the ESPN College Three-Point Championship in Indianapolis in April.

Scotti Shafer, Women's Water Polo
Helped lead Stanford to a 24-5 record and a third place finish at the NCAA Championship in 2006 ... The team's third leading scorer with 38 goals ... Scored two goals in the third place game vs. Hawaii at the NCAA's ... Scored 100 goals during her four year career ... Helped lead Stanford to the 2006 MPSF Tournament title ... A four-time Academic All-American in addition to gaining All-MPSF Academic honors.

Thomas W. Ford Award - Presented to the team whose student-athletes have demonstrated a special commitment to participation in local community outreach programs:
Football
Stanford Football players made community appearances at The Palo Alto Health Expo, the East Palo Alto College Fair, the 2nd Mile Program, the KIPP Foundation and the Stanford Youth Olympics. In addition to the community appearances, members of the team made regular visits to The Boys and Girls Clubs in Menlo {Park and East Palo Alto and volunteered as tutors for the YES Reading program at Castro Elementary School in Mountain View. Players also played an active role on campus this spring as they hosted several youth football clinics and school field trips.

Women's Soccer
The Stanford women's soccer team has made eight-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, but the Cardinal is also striving for excellence off the field ... The squad has been involved in various youth clinics and this spring, Stanford hosted the first West Coast KICKS Against Breast Cancer Tournament ... The money raised through the Inaugural tournament will be split between Stanford University Breast Cancer Research, the Community Breast Health Project, and the Claudia Mayer Foundation ... The Cardinal women also staged a fund-raiser in the community to raise money and generate excitement for the tournament.

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

Sarah Willeman, Equestrian
Already a very accomplished rider before coming to Stanford, including several national tournament championships and sportsmanship awards, Sarah began competing for the team as well as working as a coach and teaching assistant in 2004. As a co-terminal student in the Education department, she has continued to compete for Stanford and teach lessons and clinics to members of the team. At the 2006 national tournament in May, Sarah won the Cacchione Cup, given to the best collegiate rider in the country, a first for a rider from Stanford (or even one from west of the Mississippi). In addition, she qualified for five classes at Nationals, more than any other rider in the country, and won four of those five.


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