Rowing Individual Honors Announced
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - CALIFORNIA senior Elise Etem was named Pac-12 Women's Rowing Athlete of the Year, OREGON STATE sophomore Anna Taylor was selected Women's Newcomer of the Year and Cal head coach Dave O'Neill earned Women's Coach of the Year. On the men's side, WASHINGTON senior Rob Munn earned Men's Athlete of the Year honors, STANFORD sophomore Austin Hack was named Men's Newcomer of the Year and Washington head coach Michael Callahan received Men's Coach of the Year.
The Athlete of the Year and Newcomer of the Year awards are given to the top vote-getters based on coaches' nominations. Candidates for Athlete of the Year must have participated in the varsity eight race at the Pac-12 Championships.
Women's Rowing Athlete of the Year - Cal's Elise Etem
Cal's Elise Etem, a native of Long Beach, Calif., actually swam for the Golden Bears as a freshman before changing sports. Etem is a four-time Pac-12 champion, rowing in the second varsity eight in 2009 and in the varsity eight since then. She earned a silver medal in the second varsity eight at the 2009 NCAA Championships and fourth-place finishes in the top boat in 2010 and 2011. A team co-captain, Etem is the only senior in Cal's varsity eight this year, providing leadership for the six sophomores in the boat.
Women's Newcomer of the Year - Oregon State's Anna Taylor
Women's Newcomer of the Year Anna Taylor recently completed her first full year of competition for Oregon State. Taylor, who is from Taupo, New Zealand, redshirted last season after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer in early April. Since then, she underwent surgery and has made a full recovery. Despite not returning to a full training schedule until January, Taylor was strong enough to regain a seat in the Beavers' varsity eight.
Women's Coach of the Year - Cal's Dave O'Neill
Cal's Dave O'Neill earned his seventh Pac-12 Women's Coach of the Year honor and third straight after guiding the Golden Bears to their fifth consecutive Conference title this season. Cal swept all four races at the Pac-12 Championships for the first time in program history. The 14th-year head coach was recently named the West Region Coach of the Year for the third year in a row by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA).
Men's Rowing Athlete of the Year - Washington's Rob Munn
Washington's Rob Munn is a co-captain for the top-ranked and undefeated Huskies. Munn and the Washington varsity eight won the 2012 Pac-12 title with an open-water victory, crossing the line eight seconds ahead of Cal. The senior from Redmond, Wash., has three Pac-12 wins in his career to go along with three IRA National Championships. He helped the U.S. to a gold medal at the 2011 Under-23 World Championships. Munn also won a silver with the U-23 National Team at the 2010 World Championships.
Men's Newcomer of the Year - Stanford's Austin Hack
Austin Hack of Stanford was also a member of the U.S. men's eight that captured gold at the 2011 Under-23 World Championships last summer. Hack is the only American collegiate or national team member to win back-to-back World Championships in a U.S. eight as he was in the victorious boat at the 2010 Junior World Championships as well. A native of Old Lyme, Conn., he rowed seven seat in the Cardinal's varsity eight that placed third at the Pac-12 Championships.
Men's Coach of the Year - Washington's Michael Callahan
Washington's Michael Callahan earns top coaching honors for the third year in the row as the Huskies were crowned Pac-12 champions for the third straight season. Overall, Washington has won 35 Conference titles. Callahan, in his fifth year at the helm of UW's program, led the team to a sweep of the men's races at the league regatta for the second time in the last three years. The Husky program is undefeated on the season heading to IRAs, punctuated by its performances at the Pac-12 Championships and in the 101st dual on Cal's home course in April.
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