Video: Cal's Alicia Asturias on scholar-athlete award, making school history
BERKELEY, Calif. - Alicia Asturias has done what all student-athletes dream of. The senior was named Scholar-Athlete of the Year the same day she led her team to an historic third-place finish at the 2014 Pac-12 Women’s Gymnastics Championships, the highest championship finish in program history.
The Granite Bay, Calif. native started tallying up the accomplishments when she earned a second-place finish in the all-around with a score of 39.425 behind Utes champion Tory Wilson (39.450).
Then to cap off an already exhilirating day, the senior was named the Pac-12 Women's Gymnastics Scholar-Athlete of the Year immediately following the championship, where her family proudly congratulated their daughter on her success as a Cal student-athlete.
Asturias is set to graduate in May as a psychology major with a 3.83 GPA and plans to attend medical school, pursuing pediatric orthopedics or psychological research. If that wasn’t enough, Asturias also volunteers to teach weekly art classes at the Alzheimer Institute of the East Bay.
She was one of 17 finalists for the prestigious AAI award, sponsored by the American Athletic, Inc. Asturias was also the first Cal gymnast to nab a Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week award (Jan. 7) since My-Lan Dodd in 2003.
Asturias and the rest of the Cal team will learn their NCAA regional destination Monday March 24 in a selection show on NCAA.com.