Four Huskies Share Top Dawg Award

June 10, 2005

Seattle - Four senior Washington student-athletes were presented the Top Dawg Award during a graduation ceremony at the Conibear Shellhouse on Friday. Soccer's Tina Frimpong, softball's Kristen Rivera, soccer's C.J. Klaas and tennis' Alex Vlaski were the 2005 recipients of the award that recognizes the male and female student-athletes who have demonstrated the highest caliber of excellence in athletics.

Frimpong, from Vancouver, Wash., is a two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year and earned two second-team All-American honors and one third-team All-American honor during her decorated career. The economics major was recently selected as one of 24 women for the U.S National Soccer Team. Frimpong leaves Washington as the Huskies all-time leader in goals (42) and points (97).

Rivera, who holds numerous Husky records including 79 career home runs, is a two-time Pac-10 Player of the Year and the program's first four-time All-American. The Perris, Calif., native is also a three-time top 10 finalist for National Collegiate Player of the Year. Rivera, who will earn her degree in political science, led the Huskies to two College World Series appearances during her career.

Klaas was the 2004 Pac-10 Soccer Player of the Year and is the first two-time NSCAA First-Team All-American in school history. Klaas, who hails from Cherry Hills, Ill., is the first player in conference history to become a four-time All-Pac-10 honoree, earning first-team honors in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and second-team honors in 2001. The economics major was drafted by the San Jose Earthquakes in the 2005 Major League Soccer Draft and currently plays for the Seattle Sounders.

Vlaski, from Belgrade, Yugoslavia, is a three-time All-American and first-team All-Pac-10 selection. The business administration major set the UW career record for singles wins (111) and has finished as the Pac-10 singles runner up three times. In 2003, Vlaski captured the ITA All-American Singles championship, the first Husky since 1924 to win that title. Vlaski is a two-time first-team Pac-10 All-Academic member and was on the 2005 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District VIII first-team.

Other senior awards were handed out on Friday night, including the Gertrude Peoples Scholarship, the Scott Greenwood Scholarship, the Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship and the Top Academic Achievement Award.

Track athlete Grace Vela and football's Luke Michener were the recipient of the Gertrude Peoples Scholarship. The scholarship provides $500 to the senior male and female student-athlete pursuing a graduate degree. Applicants are judged on their contributions to UW athletics, dedication to academics and personal character that reflects the spirit of Gertrude Peoples and the influence she has had on Husky athletics.

Crew athlete Janelle Dubbins and swimming's John Lyssand were the recipient of the Scott Greenwood Scholarship. The scholarship honors the memory of former football player Scott Greenwood who died of cancer at the age of 35 in 1992.

Four student-athletes were chosen by the Husky athletics department to receive $3000 each towards their postgraduate studies. Women's soccer's Cassie Giles, men's crew's Evan Galloway, swimming's Jim Wolfe and Dubbins were each awarded the Pac-10 Postgraduate scholarships. Applicants were weighed on athletic achievement, academic success, activities outside of athletics and personal character.

Women's soccer's Clare Rustad and track's Martin Bingisser were awarded the Top Academic Achievement Award. Rustad, a biology major boasting a 3.92 grade point average and Bingisser, a philosophy major with a 3.86 gpa, have the highest cumulative grade point average of the over 100 graduating student-athletes.

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