July 19, 2012
IRVING, Tex. - Rice's Connor Frizzelle, Sam Garforth-Bles and Becky Wade have all been named recipients of the 2011-12 Conference USA Scholar Athlete of the Year awards for their respective sports, C-USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky announced Wednesday (July 19).
Determined by the league's Faculty Athletics Representatives, the C-USA Scholar Athlete of the Year awards are presented to the top student-athlete in each conference-sponsored sport. The award is based on grade point average, athletic achievement and community service.
Rice shared the league lead with three Scholar-Athlete award-winners. Becky Wade earned the honor for women's track and field, Sam Garforth-Bles for men's tennis, and Connor Frizzelle for men's basketball.
It's the second time in as many years for Frizzelle to earn the honor. As a senior starter for the Owls' 19-win basketball team, the Red Oak, Tex., native averaged 9.5 points per game with a total of 63 assists and 26 steals in more than 935 minutes of playing time. Frizzelle was a three-time C-USA All-Academic honoree as a Kinesiology major.
Garforth-Bles earned first team all-conference after finishing his senior year with a 16-8 singles record. The native of Bragg Creek, Alberta, Canada, moved into the No. 1 singles position midway through the year and posted an 8-6 record while facing the opposing team's top player. He was 4-2 against C-USA opponents, including a 3-1 mark during the regular season.
Wade has added another prestigious award to an already impressive resume that includes All-America status in all three sports. The Dallas native won C-USA titles this year in the mile at the indoor championships, and doubled with gold medals in the 5,000 and 10,000-meter races in the outdoor season. After the collegiate season she went on to reach the finals of the 3-000 meter steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Trials. In the classroom, Wade was an easy choice for Academic All-America honors after graduating with a 4.00 GPA while majoring in sociology, history and psychology.
2011-12 CONFERENCE USA SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARD WINNERS:
Baseball: Keith DePew, UAB
Men's Basketball: * Connor Frizzelle, Rice
Women's Basketball: Roxana Button, Houston, and TaRonda Randall, UAB
Men's Cross Country: Bill Martin, Tulsa
Women's Cross Country: Rhiannon Johns, UAB
Football: Case Keenum, Houston, and Matthew Milner, East Carolina
Men's Golf: Jack Belote, Memphis
Women's Golf: Marissa Stein, Memphis
Women's Rowing: *Chelsey Lauzon, UCF
Men's Soccer: Adam Still, SMU
Women's Soccer: Kimberly "Kimmy" Cummings, East Carolina
Softball: Natalie Land, UCF
Women's Swimming & Diving: Denise Smolenova, SMU
Men's Tennis: Sam Garforth-Bles, Rice, and Clifford Marsland, Tulsa
Women's Tennis: Courtney Collins, Memphis
Men's Track and Field: Carl Stones, Tulsa
Women's Track and Field: Becky Wade, Rice
Volleyball: Kelsey Seymour, Southern Miss
* Repeat winner
Wade Finishes 25th at Olympic Trials
07/04/2016 - Former Rice great Becky Wade placed 25th overall, and eighth in her heat, in the 3000m steeplechase at Sunday’s U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Filip in Sixth Place in Decathlon at Olympic...
07/02/2016 - Rice junior track and field athlete Scott Filip will enter Sunday in sixth place in the decathlon at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials after racking up ...
Jimoh Advances to Finals at Olympic Trials
07/01/2016 - Former Rice Owl All-American track and field athlete Funmi Jimoh (Rice, 2007) qualified for the finals of the long jump at the U.S. Olympic Track...
Wade Accepted Into Olympic Trials
06/29/2016 - After further review, Becky Wade is indeed headed to Eugene, OR to compete in the 3000m steeplechase at this weekend’s U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Owls at Olympic Trials
06/29/2016 - The U.S. Olympic Team Trials returns to the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field this week from June 30-July 10 where current and former Owls...
Worth the Waite! Lennie is Rio Bound
06/26/2016 - Former Rice Owl great Lennie Waite punched her ticket to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by placing second (9:54.06) in the...
Waite Set to Run at the British Championships
06/24/2016 - Former Rice Owl Lennie Waite will get her opportunity to earn a trip to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil this Sunday when she'll compete in the...
Ding Grabs All-American Honorable Mention Honors
06/11/2016 - Rice junior triple jumper Daisy Ding placed 22nd in the triple jump at Saturday's NCAA Outdoor Championships to earn USTFCCCA All-American...
- Top Videos /
- Online Store