5 Pac-12 athletes finalists for Honda Award
SAN FRANCISCO - Twelve Honda Sports Award were awarded during the 2014-15 campaign and five are Pac-12 athletes. The Honda Sports Award acknowledges athletic achievement as well as scholastics and community involvement, and is given to female athletes in 12 different NCAA-sanctioned sports throughout the year. Each Honda Sports Award winner is recognized as the top collegiate female athlete in her sport, and the award is considered by many as one of the highest honors a female college athlete can receive in the nation.
Each of the 12 winners are now finalists for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious Honda Cup which will be announced live during the Collegiate Women Sports Awards Show presented by Honda on CBS Sports Network on Monday, June 29, at 6 pm PT/9 pm ET, from the USC Galen Center Founders Room in Los Angeles, Calif.
The Honda Sports Award is presented annually by the CWSA and are chosen by a vote of administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools and among four finalists in each sport. The five Pac-12 Honda Sports Award winners in are:
Soccer: Sam Mewis, UCLA, Midfielder, Sr., Hanson, Mass.
2014 NSCAA first-team All-American ... espnW National Player of the Year ... MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist ... first-team Academic All-American ... two-time team captain who led UCLA to consecutive Pac-12 titles, 2013 NCAA title ... 16 goals, 13 assists, seven game-winning goals, 45 points in 2014 ... Pac-12 Player of the Year ... first-team All-Pac-12 … second all-time at UCLA in assists (32) and sixth in points (94) ... her 13 assists in 2014 are the third-best in a single season at UCLA ... led UCLA to a school-record 44-game unbeaten streak (6th-longest streak in NCAA history) ... U.S. National team member ... finalist for U.S. Soccer’s 2014 Young Female Athlete of the Year award.
Volleyball: Krista Vansant, Washington - Senior, Outside Hitter, Redlands, Calif.
Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for volleyball ... two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year ... Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... ESPNW National Player of the Year ... two-time AVCA first-team All-American ... three-time AVCA All-Region ... career leader in kills at Washington with 1,893 ... posted a career-best .320 hitting percentage this season ... averaged a career-high 4.67 kills per set ... 2014 Honda Award winner for Volleyball.
Swimming & Diving: Missy Franklin, California, Sophomore, Centennial, Colo.
2015 NCAA and Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year ... led Cal to national championship ... captured three individual national titles in 200 IM, 200 Free, 200 Back ... set American record in 200 Free ... raced in two relay team titles ... broke school record in 100 Free during 400 Free relay ... established a school record for most combined individual and relay crowns at one NCAA meet with five ... combined for seven NCAA titles in two seasons ... helped team to second-straight Pac-12 title with wins in 200 Back, 200 IM and 200 Free ... swam anchor on 800 free relay that set an American record at the Pac-12 Championships ... 14-time All-American … 2015 Capital One Academic All-American of the Year (At-Large).
Tennis: Robin Anderson, UCLA, Senior, Matawan, N.J.
No. 1 player in the ITA singles rankings... top-seed in the NCAA Championship for singles ... four-time ITA All-American in singles ... three-time ITA All-American in doubles ... 2015 ITA Senior Player of the Year ... two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year, first UCLA women's tennis player to earn two Conference player of the year honors ... four-time first-team Pac-12 All-Conference ... completed the season at 27-3 overall in singles ... 19-3 versus nationally ranked opponents ... advanced to quarterfinals of NCAA Singles Championship ... 2014 Honda Sport Award winner for tennis ... 2015 Pac-12 honorable mention tennis All-Academic team.
Track & Field: Jenna Prandini, Oregon, Junior, Clovis, Calif.
Scored more points – 49 – at NCAA Championship meets (indoor and outdoor championships combined) than any other woman in 2015 ... won the 100 meters and finished runner-up both at 200 meters and in the long jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, accounting for 26 points in total ... won the indoor long jump national title, finished runner-up at 200 meters and fourth at 60 meters ... only one collegiate woman in history has run faster over 100 meters than her 10.92 during the outdoor regular season ... runner-up outdoor 200 performance at NCAAs moved her to No. 4 on the all-time college list in the event ... also No. 6 on the all-time collegiate indoor list at 200 meters and equal to No. 10 on the all-time collegiate indoor 60 meters list ... five-time Pac-12 Champion ... Bowerman watch list.
For more information on the Honda Cup, visit www.collegiatewomensportsawards.com.