March 19, 2009
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STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford senior Andrea Axtell has been named the 2008-09 Pacific-10 Conference winter Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's swimming, as presented by Toyo Tires ®. These awards have been established to honor collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sport discipline. A Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be named in each of the Pac-10's 22 sponsored sports.
Pac-10 Scholar-Athletes of the Year in each sport will receive a commemorative award. Toyo ® will donate $1,000 to the scholarship funds of the institution's athletic department of each winner in recognition of their accomplishments.
Axtell has been a standout in the classroom throughout her Stanford career, while also excelling both in the pool and with the Cardinal equestrian team. The biology major has maintained a 4.05 grade point average, and she had the highest GPA of any Pac-10 student-athlete during the 2007-08 school year. She is a three-time CSCAA (College Swimming Coaches Association of America) Division I Academic All-American (2006-08), while she has also been named to the Pac-10 All-Academic first team each of the last three years (2006-08). A three-time recipient of the Stanford Scholar Athlete Award, Axtell is currently a research assistant for a clinical research group in vascular medicine at Stanford.
Axtell has been a key contributor on a Stanford women's swimming and diving team that is one of the nation's best. The Cardinal has improved one spot at the NCAA Championships during each of her three seasons, including a third-place finish in 2007-08. Stanford has also been ranked as the No. 1 dual meet team in the country by the CSCAA twice during Axtell's time on The Farm, while the Cardinal is 49-3 (.942) in head-to-head competition over that span.
A backstroke and butterfly specialist, Axtell is ninth on Stanford's all-time top-10 list for the 200 back. Her time of 1:56.80 places her on a list that includes former Olympians and Stanford greats Misty Hyman, Lea Loveless (now Maurer) and Catherine Fox. Axtell earned a pair of All-America honors at the 2006 NCAA Championships, competing on Stanford's 200 medley relay team while finishing 13th in the 100 back.
Axtell also competes on the Stanford equestrian team, and was the 2008 regional champion before finishing third at the 2008 Zone Championships.
In order to be eligible for the Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50% of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-10 institution nominates one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-10 staff members at the conclusion of each sport's regular season. The athletic accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in voting for the award.