June 14, 2012
STANFORD, Calif.- Senior Andrew Luck was honored as the Al Masters Award winner at the annual Stanford Athletic Board Awards Luncheon, highlighting Stanford's athletic success during the 2011-12 campaign.
Four student-athletes were awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships: Chris Derrick (men's cross country/track and field), David Mosko (men's swimming and diving), Jacob Smith (men's water polo) and Miles Unterreiner (men's cross country/track and field).
Pac-12 Postgraduate Scholarships were given to four student-athletes: Clayton Holz (men's soccer), Amaechi Morton (men's track and field), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (women's basketball) and Betsy Webb (women's swimming and diving).
Newly Elected Members of Phi Beta Kappa included the following: Chris Derrick (men's cross country/track and field), Ryan Thacher (men's tennis), Jake Vandermeer (men's volleyball) and Miles Unterreiner (men's cross country/track and field).
The complete list of award winners is included below, in order of presentation:
SHERRY POSTHUMUS CLUB SPORTS TEAM OF THE YEAR AWARD
Presented to the club sports team that achieves excellence, demonstrates outstanding leadership, exemplifies fair play/sportsmanship and is committed to community service.
Captured 2012 PacWest championship ... advanced 10 athletes to the Taekwondo National Collegiate Championship, hosted by MIT ... of the seven novice athletes at Collegiate Nationals, six placed among the top three of their weight divisions ... John Do, Kaz Gunning and Haley Kong placed third in the nation in the advanced (Black Belt) team division against much larger squads ... Kong's outstanding performance and sportsmanship on the mat earned her a place on the collegiate team for the World University Championships in Korea and the 2012 Freshman of the Year Award at Nationals ... Associate Head Coach Kent Kitagawa was named Coach of the Year for his outstanding leadership ... team gives back to the community through a variety of efforts, from running booths at Palo Alto's Reading Rainbow in the Park to helping elementary school girls stay active through the Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative (BAWSI) ... in addition to hosting collegiate competitions, the team also hosts large developmental events for adults and children to compete and gain experience.
SHIRLEY SCHOOF CLUB SPORTS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
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.
John Do - Taekwondo
Undefeated in four years of collegiate competition as a men's feather and lightweight fighter in the PacWest Conference ... placed among the top three in his weight category each year at the Collegiate National Taekwondo Championships ... alternate for the 2010 U.S. National Team ... a fierce competitor, demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship at all times, embodying the taekwondo principles of respect for the opponent and humility in victory ... provided leadership to the team in officer roles for the last three years, serving as both Club President and Team Captain ... managed the organization and execution of three large team events, team finances, team travel, competitive and recreational club agendas, publicity, community service opportunities and communications ... a pre-med student, conducts independent research at the Stanford Medical Center surgery/oncology lab and is president of the Stanford American Medical Student Association ... in addition to his commitment to medical community service on campus, completed an internship that took him to a Thailand hospital over winter break.
Frances Wehrwein - Rugby
Regarded as a strong team leader both on and off the field during her four-year career ... led team to three national championship finals ... two time All-American ... member of the 7's and 15's USA National Teams ... outstanding athleticism earned her the honor of 2012 best forward and `players' player awards ... selected as team captain by her peers during junior and senior seasons ... served as both club president and team captain as a senior ... managed the team, improved relations with the men's rugby team and participated in rugby board meetings while providing personal support for her teammates ... supported her team's 8K efforts to raise money for the Pat Tillman Foundation to support veterans and Try for Others to support injured athletes ... finished her season despite playing with a torn ACL, leading Stanford to a second-place finish at Collegiate Nationals at Steuber Stadium ... adjusted her style of play so she could still contribute to the team despite her injuries ... even when unable to compete, provided motivation to her teammates because of her commitment and persistence.
THOMAS W. FORD AWARD
Presented to the team whose student-athletes have demonstrated a special commitment to participation in local community outreach programs.
Completed over 300 hours of community service during the year with 100 percent participation from 26 team members ... averaged 10.9 hours of service per student-athlete, the highest team average of any sport ... assisted in Second Mile Playground Deconstruction Project at Willow Oaks Elementary School in Menlo Park ... participated in food collection during Big Drive ... conducted clinic at Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula ... assisted with renovation of Garfield Elementary School, in conjunction with Second Mile program ... Josh Lauderdale volunteered with Habitat For Humanity at the C4C Playhouse Build Day ... Matt Schneider helped plant crops and lay mulch for Veggielution Community Farm ... Joey Beck hosted Stanford campus tour and activity workshop with students from East Palo Alto Charter School ... Brendan Ter Wee organized a survivor tent and spoke about his personal experience as part of Relay for Life event ... Dahlton Brown served as facilities co-chair of Stanford PowWow, hosted by Stanford American Indian Association ... Sam Umlauf led the construction of six benches with planter boxes and playground area as part of Second Mile program.
ARTHUR F. DAUER MEMORIAL SPORTS PERFORMANCE AWARD
Administered by the Director of Sports Performance, this award honors the student-athlete who not only displays maximum effort on and off the field of competition, but also brings out the best in his/her teammates through positive attitude, relentless work ethic and consistent commitment to performance enhancement. The award is given in memory of Arthur F. Dauer '59.
Emily Oliver - Soccer
"Emily's unyielding drive on and off the field is a testament to the role model she has become for her teammates and other young athletes who look up to her. She has an unwavering commitment to her team, coaches and training that always takes her above and beyond what is asked of her. Emily's dedication and persistent work ethic not only embodies the values of our women's soccer program, but also represents the values and qualities of sports performance."
- Lesley Moser, Sports Performance Coach
Josh Owens - Basketball
"Josh is the type of student-athlete every sports performance coach dreams of: he's explosive, strong, a determined worker, a competitor in the weight room and does it all with a great attitude. He gets to practice early and stays late. He takes care of his body, receives treatment, eats well, doesn't miss lifts, and does it every single day. That's what has made him so invaluable to our program- the consistency and dedication to his team. Everyone can work hard for one day, but Josh has been doing it every day for five years. Josh leads through example and helps every teammate improve, in whatever way he can."
- Juan Pablo Reggiardo, Sports Performance Coach
BOB MURPHY AWARD
Presented to the student-athlete whose unforgettable performance in an athletic contest secures a place in Stanford Athletics history.
Camille Levin - Soccer, Teresa Noyola - Soccer
Camille Levin's cross to Teresa Noyola accounted for the game-winning goal in Stanford's 1-0 shutout of Duke in the NCAA championship game. Levin was knocked down twice, but both times beat defenders to deliver the decisive cross to Noyola. Scoreless until the 53rd minute, Chioma Ubogagu slipped a pass to Levin, making an overlapping run from her outside right back position. Levin was tackled and stumbled, but regained her balance and kept possession as she attempted another cross, this one blocked by All-American defender Natasha Anasi, knocking both players down. But Levin got up first, continued her run and with two defenders bearing down on her, struck a second cross to Noyola, who was wide open at the far post for a point blank header.
BILL WALSH LEADERSHIP 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.
Jack Trotter - Basketball
Recipient of the Stanford Alumni Association's 2012 J.E. Wallace Sterling Award, recognizing a senior whose undergraduate leadership and volunteer activities have made the largest impact on the Stanford community ... Award of Excellence recipient ... Pac-12 All-Academic First Team honoree, earning the honor for a third straight season ... elected as Senior Class President, contributing a student-athlete perspective to the class presidency slate known as Senior Citizen ... actively involved in campus life, was a participant on the Cardinal Council, Stanford's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee ... integral part of outreach efforts to the 6th Man Club while creating events and programs to build class affinity and cohesion for the Class of `12 ... participated in community service projects, including after-school program with Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula, literacy outreach at Willow Oaks Elementary and Cardinal for the Community Field Day at Stanford involving youth from the Shelter Network and GOALS ... team captain during his senior year.
CONFERENCE MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Presented to a Stanford athlete who distinguishes himself in conference competition.
Coby Fleener - Football
Earned Sporting News All-America honors after hauling in 34 passes for 667 yards and a team-high 10 touchdowns ... became first Stanford tight end to earn All-America status since Chris Burford (1959) ... All-Pac-12 First Team selection ... selected in second round (34th overall) of NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts ... averaged 19.6 yards per catch, ranking tied for seventh on Stanford's all-time single-season list ... 18 career touchdowns rank first all-time among Stanford tight ends and are tied with Tony Hill (1973-76) and Vincent White (1979-82) for fifth on the school's all-time career list upon graduation ... hybrid tight end whose speed and athleticism allowed him to stretch the field ... caught four passes of over 50 yards on the year.
Ryan Mango - Wrestling
Placed fifth at NCAA Championships, becoming a two-time All-American ... only the fifth wrestler in school history to earn multiple All-America honors ... Pac-12 champion at 125 pounds ... led the team with a 37-5 overall record ... also led the team with six falls on the year ... went 14-0 in dual matches, compiling 58 team points ... began the year with a season-best nine match winning streak ... defeated nine ranked opponents ... finished seventh at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational at 133 pounds ... took sixth at the Midlands Championships at 133 pounds.
Jonathan Martin - Football
First Team Walter Camp Football Foundation and American Football Coaches' Association All-American ... All-Pac-12 First Team selection ... finalist for the Lombardi Award ... selected in the second round (42nd overall) of NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins ... started 37 of 39 games in his career at left tackle ... quarterback protection provided from his left tackle position helped Andrew Luck lead the Pac-12 in passing efficiency rating each of the last two seasons and compile a 66.4 career completion percentage ... run-blocking ability helped Stanford average 210.6 yards per game on the ground, ranking second in the Pac-12 and 18th nationally ... Stanford finished the season with 2,738 yards on the ground, representing the third-best single-season mark in school history.
David Nolan - Swimming and Diving
Pac-12 Freshman of the Year... secured a high of 50 points with seven All-America nods at his first NCAA Championships ... NCAA runner-up in the 200 back with a school-record (1:39.74), while also finishing second in the 100 back with the third-fastest time in school history (45.53) ... impressive debut at Pac-12 Championships resulted in titles in the 200 back (1:40.70), 200 IM (1:42.52) and 100 back (45.76) to earn Swimmer of the Meet honors... also a part of conference winning 400 medley, 200 and 800 free relay squads ... earned national swimmer of the week honors after winning the 50 free, 100 fly and 200 back against Pacific (Oct. 15) to open the season ... during regular season, won 10 individual events in dual competition and displayed his versatility by winning in six categories.
Andrew Yun - Golf
All-Pac-12 First Team selection ... Pac-12 Championships titlist ... ranked second on the team in stroke average (71.5) ... tallied six top-10 finishes in 11 events this season, including four top-five efforts ... currently ranked 12th among top individuals by Golfstat.com.
CONFERENCE FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Presented to a Stanford athlete who distinguishes herself in conference competition.
Nicole Gibbs - Tennis
All-American in singles and doubles ... Honda Sports Award for women's tennis ... NCAA Singles and Doubles champion, becoming only the third player in NCAA history to capture both titles in the same season ... defeated Mallory Burdette in three sets in the first all-Stanford final since 2001 ... Pac-12 Player of the Year ... All-Pac-12 First Team selection ... finished the year 41-5 overall and 21-2 in duals, playing all her matches at the No. 1 spot ... 23-4 against nationally-ranked opponents ... won 17 straight matches to end the year ... pocketed two other singles titles, winning the ITA Northwest Regional Championships and Pac-12 Championships ... in doubles, ranked No. 2 nationally with Burdette, posting a 35-5 record overall and 18-2 in duals ... playing together for the first time, the duo opened the season by claiming the title at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships.
Sally Mace - Sailing
First Team All-American, becoming the 12th All-American skipper for the Cardinal since 1994 ... All-PCCSC First Team selection ... skippered the Cardinal to a win at the conference championships ... dominated the conference by winning every regatta ... carried the women's team to an undefeated record for both the fall and spring seasons ... capped off the year by winning the conference championship by 27 points ... amassed the best record in conference history ... part of only conference team ever to win all six conference titles in one year.
Katerina Stefanidi - Track and Field
NCAA champion in the pole vault, earning the sixth All-America honor of her career ... first Stanford female athlete to claim an NCAA title in the pole vault ... captured third consecutive Pac-12 title in the pole vault with a Stanford record clearance of 14-8 ¼ ... needs to clear 4.50m (currently at 4.48m) to earn the Olympic `A' Standard and guarantee her spot on the Greek Olympic Team ... placed third at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the pole vault ... MPSF champion in the pole vault.
Lindsay Taylor - Soccer
Soccer America National Player of the Year, becoming the third consecutive Stanford player to earn the honor ... Hermann Trophy finalist ... NSCAA First Team All-American ... Pac-12 Player of the Year ... All-Pac-12 First Team honoree ... led the Pac-12 in goals scored (20), propelling the Cardinal to a perfect conference season and third consecutive Pac-12 title ... scored 12 goals in the final 13 matches of the season ... scored overtime winners against defending national champion Notre Dame (Sept. 9) and in the NCAA quarterfinals against Oklahoma State (Nov. 25) ... tallied team-high seven game-winning goals ... anchored one of the most successful senior classes in NCAA history, producing a 95-4-4 overall record and 53-0-1 mark in home games while reaching four straight College Cups and capturing three Pac-12 titles in a row.
BLOCK "S" OUTSTANDING MALE FRESHMAN AWARD
Alex Bowen - Water Polo
ACWPC First Team All-American ... MPSF Newcomer of the Year ... All-MPSF First Team selection ... led team with 53 goals, including 11 hat tricks ... scored 11 goals, including six in the title game against California, as Stanford captured the SoCal Tournament title (Oct. 1-2) ... posted hat trick in collegiate debut against St. Francis (NY) en route to scoring eight goals at the NorCal Invitational (Sept. 17-18).
Kristian Ipsen - Swimming and Diving
Pac-12 Freshman of the Year ... finished his first collegiate nationals with 44 points and an NCAA title in the 3-Meter (466.05), runner-up finish in the 1-Meter (410.15) and 10th-place finish in his second-ever platform (350.75) ... first and only other Stanford men's diver since 1930 to win an NCAA title ... at Zones, crushed the competition with a win in the 1-Meter (823.01), 3-Meter (930.90) and eighth place showing in his first-ever platform (594.65) ... won all 12 regular season 1- and 3-meter events ... Pac-12 Diver of the Month for December and January ... finished sixth in the 3-Meter synchro with partner Troy Dumais at the World Cup in February ... earned a spot at the London meet after winning the 3-meter synchro title with Dumais and by finishing second in the 3-meter at the Winter Nationals in December ... gold medalist at AT&T Diving Championships in the 3-Meter and 3-Meter Synchro.
Chasson Randle - Basketball
Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honoree ... during Stanford's five-game NIT title run, averaged 14.0 points while shooting 47.9 percent overall, 47.8 percent from three-point territory and 76.5 percent from the foul line ... produced one of the best rookie seasons in school history, ranking among the top-four all-time in the following categories: three-pointers made (1st), field goals attempted (1st), minutes (1st), games started (1st), points (2nd), field goals made (2nd), scoring average (3rd), assists (4th) and steals (4th) ... started 36 of team's 37 games ... led team in scoring (13.8 ppg) and minutes played per game (30.5) ... ranked second in steals (42) and assists (76) ... scored in double figures 27 times ... scored career-high 30 points (7-11 FG, 10-12 FT, 6-8 3FG) against Arizona State (Mar. 7), establishing a conference tournament record with 27 first-half points.
Patrick Rodgers - Golf
PING First Team All-American ... All-Pac-12 First Team honoree ... Pac-12 Freshman of the Year ... one of three finalists for the Ben Hogan Award ... sensational rookie campaign netted 10 top-10 finishes in 12 events, including wins at the Fighting Illini Invitational and Western Intercollegiate ... shot par or better in 26 of his 37 rounds this season, including a season-low seven-under round of 65 in the third round of the Pac-12 Championships ... became the first Stanford freshman to win his first event since Tiger Woods, when he captured the Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields with a score of 206 (-4) on rounds of 68-70-68 ... Stanford's top finisher in 10 of the team's 12 tournaments this season ... finished with a stroke average of 70.7, representing the second-best single-season mark in school history along with Tiger Woods (1995-96) and Andrew Yun (2010-11).
BLOCK "S" OUTSTANDING FEMALE FRESHMAN AWARD
Kiley Neushul - Water Polo
Claimed Peter J. Cutino Award, given annually to top collegiate male and female water polo players annually ... MPSF Newcomer of the Year ... All-MPSF First Team selection ... MPSF All-Newcomer Team ... MPSF Championship All-Tournament Team pick ... led team with 58 goals ... posted 11 hat tricks and a total of 17 multi-goal games ... scored three goals over Stanford's three wins at National Collegiate Championship (May 11-13) ... netted hat tricks in each of her first two collegiate games, against Loyola Marymount (Jan. 28) and UC Davis (Jan. 28).
Maddy Schaefer - Swimming and Diving
Pac-12 Freshman of the Year ... member of 200 and 400 free relay squads that captured titles at NCAA Championships ... helped the Cardinal establish school and American record in the 400 free relay at NCAA Championships with a time of 3:10.77 ... also set the school record at NCAA Championships with a time of 1:26.85 in the 200 free relay ... set an age group record after finishing eighth in the 100 free (47.96) at NCAA Championships ... member of 200 and 400 free relay squads that claimed titles at Pac-12 Championships, swimming the opening leg of the 400 free and second leg of the 200 free.
Chioma Ubogagu - Soccer
Soccer America All-Freshman First Team selection ... NCAA College Cup All-Tournament team ... NSCAA All-Pacific Region Second Team pick ... Pac-12 Freshman of the Year ... All-Pac-12 Second Team honoree ... finished the year with 10 goals and 10 assists ... scored one goal and set up another within a three-minute span of the first half to break open a tight match against Florida State (Dec. 2) in the NCAA semifinals ... in a Pac-12 showdown against UCLA (Oct. 9), scored two goals in the first 18 minutes to pace a 4-1 victory.
BLOCK "S" OUTSTANDING MALE SOPHOMORE AWARD
Aaron Bright - Basketball
Postseason NIT Most Outstanding Player ... Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off All-Tournament Team selection ... during Stanford's five-game NIT title run, averaged team-best 16.8 points and shot 64.1 percent overall, 66.7 percent from three-point territory and 88.0 percent from the foul line ... played in all 37 games, making 24 starts ... ranked second in scoring (11.7 ppg) and led club in assists (136) ... shot 43.2 percent overall, 43.6 percent from long range and 79.1 percent from the free throw line ... scored in double figures 24 times ... poured in a career-high 29 points on 11-13 shooting (school postseason record six three-pointers) with six assists in 35 minutes against Illinois State (March 19).
Eric Mochalski - Volleyball
All-MPSF Honorable Mention selection ... broke his own single-season school record for hitting percentage in the rally-scoring era (.462) ... broke school record for hitting percentage in a match, during the rally-scoring era (.833, vs. Loyola) ... started 27 of the team's 29 matches ... ranked second in the MPSF in hitting percentage.
Brian Ragira - Baseball
All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention selection ... NCAA Stanford Regional All-Tournament Team pick ... led team in hits (83) ... started all 59 games at first base ... ranked second on team in total bases (113) and doubles (15), third in RBI and fourth in runs (41) ... finished with a .329 batting average ... during a 13-game hit streak in April, batted .397 ... recorded RBI in all three games of UCLA series (five total), driving in go-ahead RBI single in Sunday clincher (April 29) ... finished 5-6 with five RBI and three runs scored at California (April 9).
Forrest Watkins - Water Polo
ACWPC Second Team All-American ... All-MPSF First Team selection ... named to ACWPC and MPSF All-Academic Lists ... scored 42 goals, tied for second-most on the team ... netted at least one goal in each of Stanford's final eight games from Nov. 5-28, as the streak included five multi-goal games ... scored a goal in eight straight games from Oct. 1-21 ... scored eight goals at the SoCal Tournament, including three against Princeton and two against both USC and California (Oct. 1-2).
BLOCK "S" OUTSTANDING FEMALE SOPHOMORE AWARD
Chiney Ogwumike - Basketball
WBCA All-American ... Wade Trophy finalist ... named to Wooden Award final ballot ... WBCA Defensive Player of the Year finalist ... CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII Team ... named to Midseason Top 20 List for USBWA National Player of the Year ... named to Fresno All-Regional and Pac-12 All-Tournament Teams ... Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year ... All-Pac-12 First Team selection ... only player to start all 37 games ... averaged 15.0 points and 10.1 rebounds per game ... ranked second in Pac-12 with 58.3 field goal percentage ... totaled 45 blocked shots and 28 steals ... posted 18 double-doubles ... notched career highs of 27 points and 18 rebounds in win over California (Jan. 28).
Carly Wopat - Volleyball
Volleyball Magazine First Team All-American ... AVCA Honorable Mention All-American ... AVCA All-Pacific Region pick ... All-Pac-12 honoree ... named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 3) and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 12), becoming the first conference player to earn both awards during the same season ... selected to all-tournament teams at the Rice Invitational, Stanford Invitational and Nike Volleyball Big Four Classic ... led Pac-12 and ranked second in the nation with 1.63 blocks per set, good for fourth all-time on Stanford's single season list ... finished with 184 blocks, the fifth-best single-season total in school history ... ranked third in Pac-12 in hitting percentage (.383) ... tallied career-high 13 blocks against Sacred Heart on Dec. 2 ... smashed career-high 22 kills against California on Nov. 25 ... notched first career double-double (14 kills, 12 digs) against Duke on Sept. 3.
BLOCK "S" OUTSTANDING MALE JUNIOR AWARD
Mark Appel - Baseball
No. 8 overall pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2012 MLB Draft ... Collegiate Baseball First Team All-American ... Stanford NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Player ... NCAA Stanford Regional All-Tournament Team pick ... All-Pac-12 First Team selection ... candidate for national pitcher of the year honors ... semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy ... finalist for the Golden Spikes Award ... tallied double-digit strikeout performances in eight starts this year, including four against top-10 opponents ... Pac-12 leader in strikeouts ... 10-2 with a 2.56 ERA over 16 starts with five complete games ... totaled 130 strikeouts in 123.0 innings pitched ... struck out career-high 14 in win over No. 4 Rice (March 9).
Eddie Penev - Gymnastics
Earned three All-America honors at NCAA Championships and was named 2012 NCAA champion on floor exercise and vault ... placed second at MPSF Championships in the all-around, to go along with first-place finishes on floor exercise and vault ... two-time NCAA Gymnast of the Week ... MPSF Gymnast of the Week ... finished regular season ranked second on floor exercise, vault and all-around ... tied for second place in school history for individual national titles behind 1972 Olympian Steve Hug.
Stephen Piscotty - Baseball
No. 36 overall pick by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2012 MLB Draft ... All-Pac-12 First Team selection ... finalist for Olerud Player of the Year honors, given to college baseball's top two-way player ... produced two 7-RBI games ... the team's weekend starter on the mound after starting in left and at third base ... started every game during his career ... tied for team lead in batting average (.329) and ranked first in RBI (56) ... posted a 6-2 record and 3.05 ERA in 12 games on the mound after not pitching until late March.
Stepfan Taylor - Football
All Pac-12 Second Team selection ... rushed for 1,330 yards on 242 carries ... averaged 102.3 yards per game, which ranked fourth in the Pac-12 and 21st nationally ... final single-season rushing total was the second-highest mark in school history, behind Toby Gerhart's 2009 total of 1,871 ... third running back in Stanford history to rush for over 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons, joining Darrin Nelson (1977-78) and Toby Gerhart (2008-09) ... one of six Stanford running backs to rush for over 1,000 yards, joining Nelson (1977, '78, '81), Brad Muster (1986), Jon Volpe (1988), Tommy Vardell (1991) and Toby Gerhart (2008 and '09) ... totaled six 100-yard games on the season, highlighted by a career-best 177-yard, two-touchdown effort against Oklahoma State (Jan. 2) in the Fiesta Bowl.
Chase Thomas - Football
Sporting News All-American ... All-Pac-12 First Team selection ... finished fourth on the squad in tackles (52) ... led the Pac-12 in tackles for loss per game at 1.35 (17.5 total) and ranked tied for second in sacks per game at 0.65 (8.5 total) ... credited with five forced fumbles (0.38 per game), which ranked second in the Pac-12 and tied for 10th nationally ... tallied five or more tackles in six games.
BLOCK "S" OUTSTANDING FEMALE JUNIOR AWARD
Mallory Burdette - Tennis
All-American in singles and doubles ... NCAA Doubles champion with partner Nicole Gibbs, capturing Stanford's 15th overall collegiate doubles title and winning for the second straight season after capturing last year's crown with Hilary Barte ... NCAA Singles runner-up, falling to Gibbs in the first all-Stanford final since 2001 ... All-Pac-12 Second Team selection ... finished the year 41-7 overall and 19-1 in duals ... 23-7 against nationally-ranked opponents ... won career-best 21 consecutive matches from Jan. 15-Apr. 28 ... won consolation singles title at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships ... in doubles, ranked No. 2 nationally with Gibbs, posting a 35-5 record overall and 18-2 in duals ... playing together for the first time, the duo opened the season by claiming the title at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships.
Becky Dru - Field Hockey
Longstreth/NFHCA First Team All-American, becoming the 14th player in school history to earn the national honor ... Longstreth/NFHCA West Region Player of the Year ... NorPac Defensive Player of the Year ... NorPac Co-Player of the Year ... NFHCA All-Academic honoree ... NorPac All-Tournament Team selection ... started all 21 games and finished with team-leading totals in goals (16), points (39), shots (91) and shots on goal (50) ... 16 goals represented a career-high total and 39 points were the most for a Cardinal player since Sara Hallock's 52 in 1993 ... Stanford's first leading goal scorer in back-to-back seasons since Jess Zutz accomplished the feat in 2006-07.
DICK AND ANNE GOULD 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).
Alyssa Brown - Gymnastics
Earned Second Team All-America honors on vault ... captured NCAA Regional vault title ... though limited to one event most of the season, started in three events during the NCAA Super Six final and led Stanford to a fourth-place finish and its highest-ever score in NCAA Championships competition ... suffered a severe offseason shoulder injury that put her senior season in jeopardy ... motivated by the team's disappointing finish to the 2011 season, met with her fellow captains before the season and established a written blueprint for team success in 2012 ... among her missions was to personally reach out to the team's five freshmen and make them feel welcome and involved.
Josh Owens - Basketball
All-Pac-12 Second Team selection ... Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team honoree ... Postseason NIT All-Tournament team pick ... 40th player in school history to reach 1,000 points, and 21st player in program history to compile at least 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in his career ... only player to start all 37 games ... led team in rebounding (5.8 rpg) and steals (45), ranked second in blocks (26) and third in scoring (11.6 ppg) ... shot team-best 57.1 percent, ranking third in the Pac-12 ... scored in double figures 24 times ... embraced his role as co-captain and served as vocal and emotional leader for a young squad ... commanded respect of his teammates because of his work ethic and strong commitment to the game after sitting out the 2009-10 season due to a medical condition.
Michael Thomas - Football
All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention selection ... Award of Excellence recipient ... co-captain along with quarterback Andrew Luck ... finished with 61 total tackles, including 43 solo efforts, from his safety position ... finished with a team-high three interceptions ... recorded Stanford's first interception of the season against Colorado (Oct. 8), picking off a Tyler Hansen pass in the fourth quarter ... intercepted a Keith Price pass against Washington (Oct. 22) in the second quarter and returned it 62 yards for a touchdown ... third interception of the year came in the fourth quarter against Notre Dame (Nov. 26) ... tallied season-high eight tackles against Notre Dame (Nov. 26).
Betsy Webb - Swimming and Diving
Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention honoree ... finished career as a 21-time All-American, ranking among the top-16 in all seven events during her senior season ... at NCAA Championships, member of two NCAA relay title squads while producing four school records ... part of an American-record and school-record NCAA champion 400 free relay team, anchoring the team with a mark of 3:10.77 ... achieved school record in the 200 free relay to open NCAA Championships, swimming the anchor leg at 1:26.85 ... claimed Pac-12 titles in the 400 free (3:12.34) and 200 free (1:28.07) relays ... team captain who is praised by her coaches and teammates as a leader in the pool, classroom and community ... head coach Lea Maurer described her as a tremendous leader because "she is incredibly astute in her knowledge of the personalities and capabilities of her teammates."
BLOCK "S" HONORS AWARD FOR MEN
Senior letterwinner with the highest GPA.
Jake Vandermeer - Volleyball
Has achieved much in cultural, academic, and athletic endeavors at Stanford and beyond ... starred on the Stanford club team as a freshman, but tried out for the varsity as a sophomore walk-on ... earned a spot on the team and contributed toward a national championship in 2010 ... accomplished cellist and gifted composer, with one of his compositions performed by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra ... proposed a new treatment for a degenerative hip disease, and presented it to the Orthopedic Research Society in New Orleans - a rare accomplishment for an undergraduate ... will trade exotic derivatives for financial services firm Morgan Stanley.
BLOCK "S" HONORS AWARD FOR WOMEN
Senior letterwinner with the highest GPA.
Stephanie Browne - Volleyball
Capital One/CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American ... Capital One/CoSIDA First Team All-District VIII selection ... Pac-12 All-Academic First Team honoree ... played in 64 sets as a middle blocker ... totaled 79 kills and 70 blocks on the year ... totaled career-high seven blocks on two occasions, at USC (Sept. 24) and Arizona (Oct. 2) ... recorded season-high 10 kills in two matches, at Washington (Nov. 11) and Oregon (Nov. 20) ... hit a season high .500 (6-1-10) at Washington State (Nov. 13) ... compiled five kills and eight blocks in two NCAA Tournament matches.
JAKE GIMBEL AWARD
Best competitive attitude - male senior.
Ryan Thacher - Tennis
All-American in doubles, earning the honor for the third year in a row ... ITA National Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship, becoming the third player in school history to win the prestigious award ... ITA Northwest Region Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award recipient ... teamed with Bradley Klahn for a quarterfinal finish in the NCAA Doubles Championship ... participated in NCAA Singles Championship ... All-Pac-12 Second Team selection ... 22-14 overall in singles, 13-9 in duals ... ITA Northwest Regional Championships singles champion, collecting the first singles title of his career ... in doubles with Bradley Klahn, duo was ranked No. 4 nationally and compiled a 19-3 record overall and 11-2 in duals ... the duo won the Pacific Coast Doubles crown in March, defending last year's title and earning seventh career doubles championship.
Griff Whalen - Football
One of three finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, awarded to the top player in college football who began their career as a walk-on ... Stanford's leading receiver with 56 receptions for 749 yards (13.4), including four touchdowns ... totaled nine receptions for 101 yards at the four-game mark of the season before catching 32 passes for 504 yards and four touchdowns over a six-game stretch against Colorado (4-92-TD), Washington State (4-76), Washington (4-76), USC (6-102), Oregon State (6-87-TD) and Oregon (9-107-2TD) ... established career standards for receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns against Oregon (Nov. 12) ... received the Team Technician Award for positive attitude and consistent commitment to strength and conditioning.
PAM STRATHAIRN AWARD
Best competitive attitude - female senior.
Ashley Hansen - Softball
One of 25 players considered for USA Softball National Player of the Year ... top-10 finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award ... Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year ... four-time All-Pac-12 First Team selection ... started all 59 games at shortstop ... second on team in batting average (.368), runs (53), RBI (40) and total bases (108) ... led Pac-12 in triples (8), also good enough for the single-season school record ... broke school record for career triples at Utah (May 11) ... broke school record for career doubles at Saint Mary's (March 7).
Nicole Pechanec - Gymnastics
Earned two second-team All-America honors, in the all-around and floor exercise ... NCAA Regional champion on uneven bars ... Pac-12 All-Academic Second Team selection ... voted team MVP by her teammates ... as a team captain, led Stanford to a fourth-place national finish despite entering the NCAA Championships as the No. 10 seed ... excelled this season despite limited practice time because of torn knee ligaments and a chronic back injury.
Kristy Zurmuhlen - Soccer
NCAA College Cup All-Tournament team selection ... Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention pick ... despite hip and knee injuries, never missed a game and became an invaluable presence on the field ... known for her fearlessness and willingness to pursue and tackle, provided some big goals - breaking a scoreless tie in the NCAA quarterfinal against Oklahoma State (Nov. 25), and the second goal in the semifinal victory over Florida State (Dec. 2) ... anchored one of the most successful senior classes in NCAA history, producing a 95-4-4 overall record and 53-0-1 mark in home games while reaching four straight College Cups and capturing three Pac-12 titles in a row.
SPIRIT OF STANFORD AWARD
Presented to a charismatic student-athlete who excels at his/her sport and is an effective leader on and off the field. Furthermore, this student-athlete is an exemplary teammate, active across campus and in the community, and embraces the values of Stanford University. The award is given in memory of Frankie Albert '42.
Brad Lawson - Volleyball
Earned his third consecutive First Team All-America honor, becoming one of four players in school history to receive that distinction ... All-MPSF First Team honoree ... named to MPSF All-Tournament team ... MPSF All-Academic selection for third straight year ... Capital One/CoSIDA Men's At-Large First Team Academic All-American ... two-time AVCA National Player of the Week (Feb. 14, April 17) ... Award of Excellence recipient ... broke Stanford record for career kills in the rally-scoring era (1,828) ... broke school record for service aces in the rally-scoring era (128) ... member of winningest class in school history, with 86 victories ... a leader by example, called a players-only meeting after an early-season loss and refocused the team, communicating from the heart and asking them to take on new roles ... earned the trust of the coaching staff as he voiced his opinion and that of his team whenever situations arose ... praised by coaching staff and teammates for his incredible work ethic, unwavering commitment, responsibility and humility.
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.
Nick Amuchastegui - Wrestling
NCAA All-American, becoming just the second wrestler in school history to earn the national honor three times ... two-time NCAA Finalist, the only Stanford wrestler to reach the NCAA finals on two occasions ... Pac-12 Wrestler of the Year ... Pac-12 champion at 174 pounds ... Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... Pac-12 All-Academic First Team ... Capital One/CoSIDA Men's At-Large Academic All-American of the Year for the second straight season ... three-time Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American, earning First Team honors in each of the last two years ... finished with a 118-19 career record, representing the fourth-most wins in school history ... won 24 consecutive matches, which ranks second-best in school history ... 15-0 in duals, totaling 65 dual points ... recorded 11 major decisions and defeated six ranked opponents ... extra-curricular activities include participation with Cardinal Life, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Cardinal Wrestling Club and Team Bible Study.
Chris Derrick - Cross Country/Track and Field
Three-time All-American ... Award of Excellence recipient ... placed third in the 10,000-meter race at NCAA Championships ... NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship ... NCAA runner-up in cross country and the 3,000 and 5,000 meters indoors ... became the sixth runner in NCAA history to place in the top-10 all four years at the NCAA Cross Country Championships ... shattered Stanford school records for the 5,000 meters indoors and 10,000 meters outdoors ... set the American Collegiate Record in the 10,000 meters (27:31.38) ... Pac-12 champion in the 5,000 meters and runner-up in the 1,500 meters ... Pac-12 runner-up in cross country ... MPSF runner-up in the mile and as the anchor the distance medley relay ... Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for cross country ... repeated as USTFCCCA National Scholar-Athlete of the year in cross country ... MPSF All-Academic honoree for indoors ... strong contender to make the U.S. Olympic Team ... arguably the top athlete in Stanford's storied distance tradition and one of the most consistently great runners in NCAA history.
THE BIFF HOFFMAN AWARD
Outstanding male senior.
David DeCastro - Football
Unanimous All-American ... landed spots on the Associated Press, Walter Camp Football Foundation, Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News and American Football Coaches Association All-America teams ... All-Pac-12 First Team honoree ... finalist for the Outland Trophy and semifinalist for the Lombardi Award ... selected in first round (24th overall) of NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers ... anchored one of top offensive lines in the nation that allowed the seventh fewest sacks per game (0.85) in the nation ... blocking skills helped pave the way for Stanford's game to average 210.6 yards per game, which ranked second in the Pac-12 and 18th nationally ... pass protection ability helped quarterback Andrew Luck complete 71.3 percent of his passes while setting a new single-season mark for touchdown passes with 37 ... made 39 consecutive starts at right guard, leading the Cardinal to a 31-8 record during his career.
Bradley Klahn - Tennis
All-American in both singles and doubles for the third year in a row ... Award of Excellence recipient ... reached the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championship ... teamed with Ryan Thacher for a quarterfinal finish in the NCAA Doubles Championship ... All-Pac-12 First Team selection, earning the honor for a fourth straight year ... 18-6 overall in singles and 14-5 in duals (sidelined until February due to injury) ... ranked No. 36 nationally in singles ... in doubles with Ryan Thacher, duo was ranked No. 4 nationally and compiled a 19-3 record overall and 11-2 in duals ... the duo won the Pacific Coast Doubles crown in March, defending last year's title and earning seventh career doubles championship.
Chad La Tourette - Swimming and Diving
Established an American record in his final 1650 free, swimming 14:24.25 to finish second at the NCAA Championships ... Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention pick ... placed third in the 500 free (4:13.92), finishing his career as an eight-time All-American with 112 career points ... finished off his final Pac-12 Championship with a win in the 1650 free, for the fourth straight year and a title in the 500 free for the Pac-12 champions for the 31st-straight time ... closed out his career by winning 23 straight long distance dual events ... won the Tri-Distance Cal showdown in the longest combined free style for the fourth-straight time, winning the 1000 and 500 frees that day in the fall.... won the Arena Invite 500 free as well as dual meets with Pacific, Arizona, Cal and USC, defeated Hawai'i and Cal in the 1000 free and USC in the 1650 free.
Amaechi Morton - Track and Field
Award of Excellence recipient ... NCAA champion in the 400-meter hurdles, running a career-best 48.79 ... All-American during indoors after running the 400-meter leg of the distance medley relay that placed fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships ... also ran in the open 400 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships ... MPSF All-Academic selection during indoor season ... Pac-12 champion in the 400-meter hurdles and runner-up in the 110-meter hurdles ... strong Olympic hopeful and potential medalist in the 400-meter hurdles ... ran a career best of 46.12 for the open 400 meters at the Payton Jordan Invitational, which ranks third in Stanford history.
Erik Shoji - Volleyball
AVCA First Team All-American, becoming the first four-time recipient of the award ... All-MPSF First Team honoree ... named to MPSF All-Tournament team ... MPSF All-Academic selection for the third straight year ... AVCA National Player of the Week (April 9) ... owns the collegiate record for career digs (1,402) ... broke Stanford records for career digs per set (3.16) and sets played (443) ... member of winningest class in school history, with 86 victories ... described by head coach John Kosty as "the greatest libero in collegiate volleyball history."
STANFORD ATHLETIC BOARD AWARD
Outstanding female senior.
Teresa Noyola - Soccer
Recipient of the Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, becoming the third consecutive Stanford player to win the award ... Honda Sports Award for women's soccer ... NSCAA First Team All-American ... NCAA College Cup Offensive MVP ... NSCAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... All-Pac-12 First Team selection ... Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention pick ... CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 First Team choice ... scored game-winning goal in NCAA College Cup final, converting on a second-half header to lead Stanford past Duke 1-0 (Dec. 4) ... became only the second player ever to win the Hermann Trophy and NSCAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year in same season ... totaled nine goals and 15 assists ... anchored one of the most successful senior classes in NCAA history, producing a 95-4-4 overall record and 53-0-1 mark in home games while reaching four straight College Cups and capturing three Pac-12 titles in a row.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike - Basketball
Award of Excellence recipient ... No. 1 overall pick by the Los Angeles Sparks in the 2012 WNBA Draft ... Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner ... NCAA Woman of the Year nominee ... named a First Team All-American by Associated Press, WBCA, USBWA and John R. Wooden Award ... Wade Trophy, Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy and USBWA National Player of the Year finalist ... MVP of Fresno Regional and Pac-12 Tournament ... Pac-12 Player of the Year ... All-Pac-12 First Team selection ... Pac-12 Defensive Team Honorable Mention ... fourth player in school history to compile at least 2,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds ... ranks among top-five in school history in the following categories: free throws attempted (first), points (second), field goal percentage (third), free throws made (second), rebounds (third), points per game (fourth) and rebounds per game (fourth) ... established single-season school records for points scored (809), points per game (22.5), free throws made (191) and attempted (230) ... scored career-high 42 points in victory over Tennessee (Dec. 20).
THE AL MASTERS AWARD
Presented to the Stanford athlete attaining the highest standards of athletic performance, leadership and academic achievement (highest award).
Andrew Luck - Football
Earned Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year honors ... Maxwell Trophy recipient, as the nation's top player ... No. 1 overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2012 NFL Draft ... named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season ... recipient of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Trophy ... earned first team All-America recognition by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and the American Football Coaches Association of America ... Heisman Trophy runner-up ... voted as the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year ... Award of Excellence recipient ... led Cardinal to an 11-2 record and a second straight BCS Bowl appearance ... completed 288-404 (.713) passes for 3,517 yards and 37 touchdowns ... ranked first in the Pac-12 in passing efficiency (167.5) and fifth in passing yards per game (270.5) ... broke his own single-season record for touchdown passes ... catalyst to an offense that averaged 43.2 points a game, which ranked second in the Pac-12 and fifth nationally.