June 16, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--University of Arizona shortstop K'Lee Arredondo was named the Pac-10's top student-athlete for softball today.
Arredondo, 22, who graduated in May with a degree in psychology and a four-year cumulative grade point average of 3.55, earned the Toyo Tires Scholar-Athlete of the Year award for softball. Earlier she became a candidate for the honor with her third consecutive first-team Academic All-Pac-10 honor.
Arredondo, of Tempe, earned All-Women's College World Series honors last week in helping UA to the NCAA championship series against UCLA. She also earned second-team All-America playing honors and was a second-team Academic All-America selection earlier this month.
"Toyo is proud to support the Pac-10 and to acknowledge outstanding student-athletes for their efforts," said Steve Hutchinson, vice president of marketing, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. "By supporting today's achievers, we feel we are helping to grow tomorrow's leaders."
Scholar-Athletes of the Year in each sport will receive a commemorative award. Toyo Tires will donate $1,000 to the scholarship funds of the institution's athletic department of each winner in recognition of their accomplishments.
"We are proud to honor these outstanding student-athletes in partnership with Toyo Tires," said Larry Scott, Commissioner of the Pac-10. "These student-athletes have shown a dedication to their sport and to their academics, and this award honors those achievements."
Arredondo joins six previous UA winners of the award including football's Spencer Larsen in 2007, gymnast Karin Wurm in 2008, golfer Allison Walshe in 2008, swimmer Lacey Nymeyer in 2008, tennis player Danielle Steinberg in 2009 and swimmer Justine Schluntz earlier this year.
2009-10 Spring Toyo Tires Scholar-Athletes
Matt Fanelli, Washington State - Baseball, 3.78 - psychology; K'Lee Arredondo, Arizona - Softball, 3.55 - psychology; Knut Borsheim, Arizona State - Men's Golf, 3.89 - finance; Juliana Murcia, Arizona State - Women's golf, 3.80 - sculpture; Robert Farah, USC - Men's tennis, 3.15 - economics; Lindsay Burdette, Stanford - Women's tennis, 3.11 - American studies; Simon Taylor, Washington - Men's rowing, 3.57 - communication; Christina Sprouse, UCLA - Women's rowing, 3.77 - physics; Ryan Whiting, ASU - Men's track & field, 3.42 - civil engineering; Keisha Baker, Oregon - Women's track & field, 3.28 - psychology