April 24, 2008
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- Arizona swimmer Lacey Nymeyer and gymnast Karin Wurm were named Toyo Tires Scholar-Athletes of the Year for their sports by the Pacific-10 Conference today.
They were among six winter sports honorees named by the league. The awards honor collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline.
Nymyer and Wurm join UA linebacker Spencer Larsen among Wildct winners of the award. Larsen was named late last year as the top scholar-athlete among Pac-10 football players. The 2007-08 competition year is the first for the league to award the honors, which also include a $1,000 donation to the schools' athletics scholarship funds.
Nymeyer helped lead Arizona to its first NCAA Women's Swimming Championship last month, winning the 100 freestyle, finishing second in the 200 free and swimming legs on UA's NCAA champion 400 free, 800 free, 400 medley and 200 free relays. Wurm, a first-team All-Pac-10 competitor, was fifth in the league in all-around and placed in the top 11 in three events at the NCAA Regional last week, where UA finished fourth.
The Pac-10 Scholar-Athletes for winter, include:
Robbie Cowgill, Washington State - Men's Basketball, 3.36 - management and operations Tanner Gardner, Stanford - Wrestling, 3.73/4.00 grad - public policy (undergraduate)/social work (graduate) Steve Neuwert, Arizona State - Men's Swimming, 3.87 - interdisciplinary studies Lacey Nymeyer, Arizona - Women's Swimming, 3.85 - physical education Lindsey Pluimer, UCLA - Women's Basketball, 3.71 - communications studies Karin Wurm, Arizona - Gymnastics, 3.81 - marketing
"Toyo is proud to support the Pac-10 and to acknowledge outstanding student-athletes for their efforts," said Steve Hutchinson, senior director of marketing, Toyo Tire (U.S.A.) Corporation. "By supporting today's achievers, we feel we are helping to grow tomorrow's leaders."
In order to be eligible for the Pac-10 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.
The Scholar-Athletes of the Year in each sport will receive a commemorative award. Toyo® will donate $1,000 to the scholarship funds of the institution's athletic department of each winner in recognition of their accomplishments.
"The Pac-10 joins Toyo in recognizing these student-athletes during the 2007-08 academic year," said Tom Hansen, Commissioner of the Pac-10. "To be selected as the best student-athlete in any sport in the Pac-10 is a very special honor, and these are special young people, in academics as well as athletics. We are very appreciative that Toyo is helping them gain the recognition they deserve for their unique achievements."