ASU'S Ashmore, Stanford Women's Rowing Winners of 2010 Pac-10 Sportsmanship Award
May 20, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- Ben Ashmore, redshirt junior wrestler for ARIZONA STATE, and the STANFORD women’s rowing team, have been named recipients of the 2010 Pac-10 Sportsmanship Award, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today.
Ashmore, a native of Dallas, Texas, is a two-year member of the Sun Devil wrestling team, having competed for ASU for the first time this season after transferring from Oklahoma State in 2008-09. Since moving to ASU, Ashmore voluntarily moved to a different weight class, competing at 133 lbs., despite being nationally ranked at 125 lbs to allow teammate Anthony Robles, an All-American, to compete at 125 lbs. Ashmore earned his first-career at-large individual bid to the NCAA Championship after finishing fourth at the Pac-10 Championships in his weight class.
Ashmore is an interdisciplinary studies major and is involved in the community, participating in events such as the Autism Walk. He also attends local high school wrestling meets and serves as a good role model for younger wrestlers.
The fifth-ranked Stanford women’s rowing team earned its second-straight at-large bid to the NCAA Championships and is set to defend its 2009 NCAA team and varsity eight crowns May 28-30. The Cardinal placed second at the Pac-10 Championships, finishing out of first place by a half-point behind Bay Area-rival California. The varsity eight boat took silver after missing out on gold by nine-tenths of a second.
Earlier this season, the Cardinal set aside its rivalry to participate in Cal’s “Jog for Jill,” a race named in honor of Golden Bears’ coxswain Jill Costello who was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer, helping raise $25,000 for the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. At the annual Big Row in May, which pits the Stanford and California teams in what is generally a hotly-contested rivalry, both teams participated in the breast cancer awareness event. Stanford wore a pink “Block S” in support of breast cancer awareness, and also raced in sea foam green, the favorite color of Cal’s Costello. The Cardinal also spend each week volunteering with the non-profit organization “Building Futures Now,” which is dedicated to making the Bay Area’s top public and private schools accessible to high-potential, underserved students from East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park.
The Sportsmanship Award is selected by members of the Pac-10 Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and is based on good sportsmanship and ethical behavior in participation of intercollegiate athletics, as well as a demonstration of good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. Conference award winners are then nominated for the NCAA Division I Sportsmanship Award.
Also nominated for this year's Pac-10 Sportsmanship Award were Donald Horton and women’s cross country team, ARIZONA; Christina Zambrana, ARIZONA STATE; Jamal Boykin and Sophia Hocini, CALIFORNIA; Andrew Wheating, OREGON; Taylor Kavanaugh and Ashley Wood, OREGON STATE; Joseph Bramlett, STANFORD; Brendan Sherrr and Tamari Miyashiro, WASHINGTON; Kendal Mays, WASHINGTON STATE.
Previous Pac-10 Sportsmanship Award winners: Stenn Parton of USC (2009), Lindsey Kelley of Arizona (2009), Michael Capbarat of California (2008), Arianna Lambie of Stanford (2008), Mitch Canham of Oregon State (2007), Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana of Stanford (2007), Anna Key of California (2006), Eric Nygard (2006) of Washington State, Channing Frye of Arizona (2005), Cara Chlebicki of California (2005) and Grayling Love of Arizona State (2004).