Press Release courtesy of the Pac-12
Stanford’s Janet Hu has been named the Women’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the Conference office announced today. The 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.
Hu, a Vienna, Va. native, is a computer science major with a focus on Biocomputation with a 3.37 grade point average (GPA). As one of the most versatile swimmers in the nation, Hu is an 18-time All-American, earning the honor in seven different event. She is also an eight-time Pac-12 Champion and six-time individual NCAA Champion. A 2017-18 team captain, she currently holds three American records, two NCAA records, six Stanford school records, and five Stanford pool records. Last season, she won the maximum seven All-America honors to lead Stanford to its first NCAA title in women’s swimming since 1998. Outside of the pool, Janet is a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention selection.
In order to be eligible for the Pac-12 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 percent of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-12 institution may nominate one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-12 staff members at the conclusion of each sport’s regular season. The athletics accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in voting for the award.
A Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be named in each of the Pac-12’s 24 sponsored sports: baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, beach volleyball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, football, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, women’s lacrosse, men’s rowing, women’s rowing, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, men’s swimming & diving, women’s swimming & diving, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s track & field, women’s track & field, women’s volleyball, and wrestling. The award was first established during the 2008-09 academic year.
Hu and the rest of the Pac-12 will all be competing this week at the 2018 Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Wash. The Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Diving finals along with men’s diving finals will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Network, and all six regional networks, Saturday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. PT/7:30 p.m. MT. Coverage of the prelims and earlier finals will be streamed live on Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now app, Wednesday, February 21, Thursday, February 22, Friday, February 23 and will conclude on Saturday, February 24. Fans can purchase tickets ahead of time at Pac-12.com/tickets.
Also nominated: Cameron McHugh, ARIZ; Ivana Ninkovic, ASU; Noemie Thomas, CAL; Noemie Midrez, OSU; Katie Grover, UCLA; Hannah Weiss, USC; Dorien Butter, UTAH.