Pac-12 women's soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year named

SAN FRANCISCO - STANFORD's Maddie Bauer was named the Pac-12 Women's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2016 season, the Conference office announced on Wednesday. The award, which is presented in each of the 23 sports the Pac-12 sponsors, was established to honor collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline. 

Since the award's inception in 2008, Bauer is the fifth Cardinal to earn the recognition in women's soccer. The senior from Newport Beach, Calif., has been outstanding in the classroom, boasting a 3.56 GPA as an international relations major. She was on the 2013 Pac-12 All-Freshman Team, is a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic recipient, 2015 NSCAA Scholar All-America third team, four-time All-Pac-12 (2013-15 2nd team, 2016 1st team), three-time NSCAA All-Pacific Region first team (2013, 2015, 2016), 2016 MAC Hermann semifinalist, and a 2016 Senior Class Award Top-30 finalist.

On the field, Bauer has been a starting defender for almost all of her career with the Cardinal, starting 88 of a possible 91 games, missing just three games. Bauer played every minute of every game this season with the exception of the final 21 minutes of Stanford’s game against Minnesota that it won 4-1, the second-most minutes of any player on the team this season. She also scored her first-collegiate goal this season, a game-winner in a 3-2 double-overtime victory at then-No. 10 UCLA. In her career, Bauer has totaled 8,107 career minutes of playing time, the most of any senior on the team this season.

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% 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 23 sponsored sports: baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, beach volleyball, 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.

Also Nominated: Hannah Stevens, ARIZ; McKenzie Grossman, ASU; Ifeoma Onumonu, CAL; Kahlia Hogg, COLO; Marlo Sweatman, ORE; Annie Govig, OSU; Annie Alvarado, UCLA; Sammy Jo Prudhomme, USC; Katie Rogers, UTAH; Havana McElvaine, WASH; Susie White, WSU.

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