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Robin Neumann Named Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Feb 25, 2022

Cal senior and global studies major Robin Neumann has been named the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's swimming & diving, the conference announced Friday night. She becomes the third Golden Bear to receive the honor, following Rachael Acker in 2016 and Caitlin Leverenz in 2013.
 
Neumann, who owns a 3.95 GPA, adds to her long list of academic honors attained at Cal. She is a four-time CSCAA Scholar All-American, a three-time Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll selection and a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, as well as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.
 
A team co-captain, Neumann has also excelled in the pool during her swimming career. At the 2021 Pac-12 Championships last February, she captured the league title in the 200-yard freestyle in addition to finishing as the runner-up in the 100 free and reaching the final of 500 free. She is a three-time NCAA finalist in the 200 free, with a best of fifth place in 2018, and has also scored at the national meet in the 100 free and 500 free. She has helped Cal's 800 free relay to a trio of top-three NCAA finishes and handled the leadoff leg at the 2019 NCAA meet when the Bears set a school record in the event.
 
Internationally, Neumann, who hails from Amsterdam, was a member of the 2016 Dutch Olympic team when she competed in the 200-meter free and on the 800-meter free relay. In addition, she swam for the Netherlands at the 2021 European Championships.
 
The Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, which is presented in each of the 24 sports the Pac-12 sponsors, was established to honor collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline. 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 percent of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum one year in residence at the institution.