June 10, 2009
A conference medal is awarded annually to each member institution's outstanding senior male and female student-athlete based on the exhibition of the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership. The Pac-10 recently renamed the award the Tom Hansen Conference Medal in honor of Hansen, who is retiring at the end of June after serving 26 years as commissioner of the Pac-10.
The Tom Hansen Conference Medal winners will be honored at the State Farm Pride of the Pac-10 Breakfast held in Los Angeles in conjunction with the Pac-10 Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments next March.
Taylor Rochestie, Santa Barbara, Calif.
ESPN The Magazine / CoSIDA Academic All-American District VIII first team (2009)
Pac-10 All-Academic first team (2008, 2009)
2009 Pac-10 Men's Basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year
2008 V Foundation Comeback Award finalist
First Team All-Pacific-10 Conference (2009); Pac-10 Player of the Week (Feb. 23, 2009)
Scored 1,262 points in basketball career; 958 in three years as a Cougar
Holds school records for career free throw percentage (.835, 198-for-237), season free throw percentage (.891, 90-for-101; 2009) and season minutes played (1,223; 2008)
2009 WSU Big Ten Senior Award recipient
Sara Trané, Pixbo, Sweden
ESPN The Magazine / CoSIDA Academic All-American District VIII first team (2007, 2008 and 2009)
USTFCCCA All-Academic first team (2007, 2008)
Two-time Pac-10 steeplechase champion (2007, 2008), 5th in 2009; 4th in 400m hurdles in 2006
Holds school records in steeplechase (10:14.29), 3000m (9:28.54i), distance medley relay (11:17.92i)
NCAA Outdoor Championships 19th in steeple (2008)
Top runner on Cross Country team for two seasons - 18th at Pac-10, 29th at NCAA West Regional meets (2009)
2009 NCAA Woman of Year nominee
2009 Cougar Pride Trophy winner
2009 Senior Excellence in Academics award