May 19, 2013
GOLD RIVER, Calif. - Washington State University's Katie Dick has been named the Pac-12 Women's Rowing Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the Conference office announced Sunday at the 2013 Pac-12 Rowing Championships in Gold River, Calif. The award, which is presented in each of the 22 sports the Conference sponsors, was established to honor collegiate student-athletes who are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline.
A native of Victoria, British Columbia, Dick, has rowed in Washington State's varsity eight boat since her sophomore year. This season, she has rowed from the second and sixth seats in the varsity eight shell that defeated No. 15 Wisconsin at the Lake Natoma Invitational on April 21 and also notched victories over Oregon State, Syracuse, San Diego and Gonzaga in various races. During the summer of 2009, she won a gold medal in the women's four and a silver in the women's eight for British Columbia at the Canada Games.
Dick, who graduated with a degree in philosophy and carried a 3.98 GPA, is a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic selection and has twice garnered CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII consideration. She was a first team District VIII honoree in 2013 and 2012 and a second team selection in 2011. She is a four-time WSU Athletics All-Academic team selection (2010-11, 13) and was named to the Washington State President's Honor Roll in each of her first eight semesters on campus. Dick was a Cougar Academic Top-50 Scholar-Athlete in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar-Athlete in 2010. This year she was named the WSU Philosophy Department's Senior Student of the Year.
In order to be eligible for the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50 percent of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-12 institution may nominate one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-12 staff members at the conclusion of each sport's regular season. The athletic accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in the voting for the award.
A Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be named in each of the Pac-12's 22 sponsored sports: baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's cross country, women's cross country, football, men's golf, women's golf, women's gymnastics, men's rowing, women's rowing, men's soccer, women's soccer, softball, men's swimming & diving, women's swimming & diving, men's tennis, women's tennis, men's track & field, women's track & field, women's volleyball, and wrestling.
The Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards were established during the 2007-08 academic year.
Other nominees included: - Hilary Polis, OSU; Sarah Bolmer, STAN; Tamar Schaap UCLA; Melanie Grindle, USC.