June 14, 2001
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford University Athletic Board honored 36 of the university's top student-athletes at its annual awards luncheon on Thursday afternoon.
The luncheon was highlighted by senior women's swimmer and 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist Misty Hyman receiving the board's highest honor - The Al Masters Award - for attaining the highest standards of athletic performance, leadership and academic achievement.
Hyman pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the entire Sydney Olympics by winning the gold medal in the 200-meter butterfly. Collegiately, Hyman was a 12-time NCAA Champion, and became just the second swimmer in the history of the program to earn the maximum possible 28 All-American honors (Catherine Fox is the other). The International Relations major was also a 17-time Pac-10 Champion.
The Donald Kennedy Award - presented to the senior athlete(s) who best exhibits the combination of excellent academics, strong athletic ability and a commitment to community service - was shared by Michelle Scott (Field Hockey) and Hilary Homeyer (Women's Golf). Scott, who was named the 2000 Nor-Pac Conference Player of the year, has been accepted to serve in the Peace Corps for the next two years in Africa. She has also volunteered with Kids For Cancer, Amnesty International, U.S. Veterans Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House. She is a Human Biology major with a 3.59 grade point average. Homeyer is a four-time All-American and represented the United States at the 2000 World Amateur Championships. She was a District VIII Academic All-American this season, and is both an Economics and Psychology major with a 3.82 grade point average.
The Stanford Athletic Board Award for outstanding female senior went to Sally Glynn (Track & Field), Stephanie Keever (Golf) and Shannon Montague (Synchronized Swimming). Glynn, who is the most decorated female track athlete in Stanford history, earned 11 NCAA All-American honors and ranks in the top 10 in program history in three different events. Keever was a First Team All-American this spring who represented the U.S. at the 2000 World Amateur Championships, Montague was named the 2001 Synchronized Swimming Collegiate Athlete of the Year, and is a four-time All-American and two-time Academic All-American.
The Biff Hoffman Award for outstanding male senior was awarded to both Anthony Robinson (swimming) and Michael Stember (Track & Field). Robinson finished his Stanford career as a 20-time All-American and set a world record in the 50-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Nationals in April. He will represent the U.S. in the 100-meter breaststroke at the World Championships in Japan next month. Stember was a member of the 2000 United States Olympic Team and is one of the premier middle distance runners in the nation. He won 10 career All-American honors, and is the Stanford record holder in both the 800 and 1,500 meters.
The award for most competitive female senior was divided three ways, while the equivalent male award was split two ways. The female honor - the Pam Strathairn Award - was given to Katharine Barnes (Lacrosse), Kris Koblik (Water Polo) and Erin Sones (Diving). Barnes was the co-captain and leading scorer on the 2001 team that was ranked among the nation's top 20 for the first time in program history. Koblik helped lead the women's water polo team to the first undefeated regular season in the sport's history, and earned a pair of All-American honors in her career (1999 & 2000). Sones was the 2001 NCAA Platform Diving Champion, was a seven-time All-American and a two-time Pac-10 Platform Diving Champion (1999 & 2001).
The Jake Gimbel Award for most competitive male senior was given to Ryan Mendez (Basketball) and DeRonnie Pitts (Football). Mendez was one of the all-time best 3-point shooters in Stanford history, and helped the guide the Cardinal to a 114-19 record, three Pac-10 titles and a NCAA Final Four appearance during his tenure. Pitts is one of the most decorated wide receivers in Pac-10 and Stanford history, and is one of just four players in the history of the conference to record over 3,000 career receiving yards.
The Block "S' Honors Award for Men and Women, which honors the male and female senior letter-winners with the highest cumulative grade point average, went to Nicholas Furrow (Fencing) and Ann Ramsey (Cross Country/Track & Field). Ramsey carries a 3.98 grade point average, while Furrow owns a 3.86.
The Thomas W/ Ford Award, which is presented to the team whose student-athletes have demonstrated a special commitment to participation in community outreach programs, was given to the women's basketball and women's water polo programs. The women's basketball team is involved in the East Side School Shoot For The Stars Program and conducts numerous clinics throughout Palo Alto and surrounding communities. The women's water polo program is actively involved in tutoring at the East Palo Alto Charter School, and also does individual projects such as adopting a family for the holidays.
Attached is a complete listing of the 2000-01 Stanford Athletic Board Award recipients:
Al Masters Award - Presented to the Stanford athlete attaining the highest standards of athletic performance, leadership and academic achievement (highest award): Misty Hyman (Women's Swimming)
Biff Hoffman Award - Outstanding male senior: Anthony Robinson (Swimming) & Michael Stember (Track & Field)
Stanford Athletic Board Award - Outstanding female senior: Sally Glynn (Track & Field), Stephanie Keever (Golf) & Shannon Montague (Synchronized Swimming)
Jake Gimbel Award - Excellence of attitude in athletic endeavor - male senior: Ryan Mendez (Basketball) & DeRonnie Pitts (Football)
Pam Strathairn Award - Best competitive attitude - female senior: Katharine Barnes (Lacrosse), Kris Koblik (Water Polo) & Erin Sones (Diving)
Block "S" Honors Award for Men - Senior male letterwinner with the highest GPA: Nicholas Furrow (Fencing) 3.86 GPA
Block "S" Honors Award for Women - Senior female letterwinner with the highest GPA: Ann Ramsey (Cross Country/Track & Field) 3.98 GPA
Conference Male Athlete of the Year - Presented to a Stanford athlete who distinguishes himself in conference competition: Alex Kim (Tennis), Ryan Nelsen (Soccer) & Jonathon Riley (Cross Country)
Conference Female Athlete of the Year - Presented to a Stanford athlete who distinguishes herself in conference competition: Laura Granville (Tennis), Nicole Powell (Basketball) & Brenda Villa (Water Polo)
Block "S" Outstanding Male Junior Award: Jason Collins (Basketball) & Chris O'Riordan (Baseball)
Block "S" Outstanding Female Junior Award: Lauren Kalvaria (Tennis) & Sarah Beeson (Softball)
Block "S" Outstanding Male Sophomore Award: Randall Bal (Swimming) & Casey Jacobsen (Basketball)
Block "S" Outstanding Female Sophomore Award: Jackie Frank (Water Polo), Dana Sorenson (Softball) & Logan Tom (Volleyball)
Block "S" Outstanding Male Freshman Award: Carlos Quentin (Baseball), Markus Rogan (Swimming) & Donald Sage (Cross Country/Track & Field)
Block "S" Outstanding Female Freshman Award: Tara Kirk (Swimming), Lindsay Wing (Gymnastics) & Iris Zimmermann (Fencing)
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: Michelle Scott (Women's Field Hockey) & Hilary Homeyer (Women's Golf)
Thomas W. Ford Award - Presented to the team whose student-athletes have demonstrated a special commitment to participation in local community outreach: Women's Basketball & Women's Water Polo