Stanford Women's Rowing Earns 2010 Pac-10 Sportsmanship Award

May 20, 2010

STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 4 Stanford women's rowing team was honored Thursday as Pacific-10 Commissioner Larry Scott announced the Cardinal as recipients of the 2010 Pac-10 Sportsmanship Award.

The women's rowing team is the third Cardinal recipient of the award since 2004, joining Arianna Lambie (2008) and Jennifer Tangtiphaiboontana (2007) on the list of recipients from Stanford.

Stanford, the defending NCAA Champion, will defend its team title and the I Eight title this May 28-30 at the NCAA Championships on the waters of Lake Natoma. The Cardinal earned its second straight at-large bid to the championships Tuesday afternoon.

Last weekend the Cardinal finished second in the team competition at the Pac-10 Championships, finishing just a half-point behind California. The Cardinal I Eight took silver, missing out on a repeat gold by nine-tenths of a second, while the II Eight won its first-ever Pac-10 gold medal.

In light of the long-standing rivalry between Stanford and California, the Cardinal and Golden Bears came together earlier this season as the Cardinal participated 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. There, the Stanford squad helped raise $25,000 for the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation.

At the annual Big Row on May 1, 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, Costello's favorite color.

Additionally, the Cardinal also spends 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.

Arizona State wrestler Ben Ashmore was also honored with Pac-10 Sportsmanship Award Thursday.

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.

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