June 14, 2007
Walnut Creek, Calif. - Stanford men's swimmer Ben Wildman-Tobriner and women's diver Cassidy Krug and were announced as 2006-07 Pacific-10 Conference Medal winners on Thursday. The medal is awarded annually to the outstanding senior male and female student-athletes from each of the conference's institutions based on the exhibition of the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.
Both Wildman-Tobriner and Krug have racked up the honors in their respective 2006-07 senior seasons.
Wildman-Tobriner also earned the most prestigious honor presented by the Stanford Athletics department on Thursday when he was presented with the Al Master Award at the Stanford Athletic Board Awards Luncheon. The award is given to the Stanford student-athlete attaining the highest standards of athletic performance, leadership and academic achievement. A 20-time collegiate All-American during his Stanford career, he was also named the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year and earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship in 2007, while adding a third Pac-10 Academic All-Conference selection. He set the American record in the 50 freestyle at the 2007 NCAA Championships with a time of 18.87, while setting school records in the 50 free (18.87), 100 free (41.90) and 100 fly (45.36) during his senior campaign. Wildman-Tobriner won three individual and four relay Pac-10 titles in 2007, and went on to win two gold medals at the 2007 FINA World Championships in the 50 meter free and the 400 meter free relay.
Krug was both the NCAA and Pac-10 Diver of the Year for the first time in her career in 2006-07. She also added the Stanford Athletic Board Award for Outstanding Female Senior on Thursday and has picked up a Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship. Krug won all six events she entered in the 2007 postseason by sweeping the NCAA, NCAA Zone E and Pac-10 1-meter and 3-meter titles. She became the first Stanford diver to win an NCAA 1-meter title and the first since Erin Sones captured the platform in 2001 to win any NCAA diving event. Krug is only the second Stanford women's diver to win more than one NCAA title and completed her collegiate career with seven All-American honors, while becoming just the second women's diver in Stanford history to win at least one All-American honor in each of her four seasons. She also won three Pac-10 titles in her career with a 1-meter win as a freshman preceding her senior 1-meter and 3-meter sweep. Krug was the Pac-10 Diving Co-Freshman/Newcomer of the Year as a collegiate rookie in 2003-04.
The winners will be honored at the State Farm Pride of the Pac-10 Luncheon held in Los Angeles in conjunction with the 2008 Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament.