MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Seniors Amy Cashin
of the West Virginia University track and field team and Louisa Morgan
of the WVU rowing team have been named the 2017 Big 12 Scholar-Athletes of the Year for their respective sports, the conference announced on Thursday.
A native of Werribee, Australia, Cashin has maintained a 3.91 grade point average, while majoring in sports exercise psychology and double minoring in psychology and athletic coaching.
This is Cashin’s first Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the second for the Mountaineer track and field team.
“Amy has had a dream year of sorts,” WVU track and field coach Sean Cleary said. “Running at the NCAA Championships, having set a school record to qualify all the while earning honors as prestigious as the Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the year is a tribute to her total commitment to being the best student-athlete that she can be. We are all very proud of our team’s academic success and the leaders who provide the routines that are required for such success. Amy is surrounded by numerous teammates who are her equal in the pursuit of excellence.”
Cashin recently collected her second career Academic All-District honor and earned WVU’s most prestigious student honor, the Order of Augusta Award. She has been named to the Academic All-Big 12 Track and Field First Team twice and is a 2016 USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree. Cashin is a three-time All-Big 12 Team honoree and will compete at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Throughout the 2016-17 outdoor track season, Cashin set a school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA East Prelims and earned a silver medal at the Big 12 Championship in the steeplechase, where she earned All-Big 12 accolades. She punched her ticket to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, after a record-breaking performance at the East Prelims. Cashin was also named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, President’s List, Dean’s List, Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll and earned the Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Award.
An Industrial Engineering major, Morgan finished her final semester with a 4.00 GPA, while leading the Mountaineers to a fifth-place finish at the Big 12 Championship and earning All-Big 12 Team honors.
This year marks the first time that a member of the WVU rowing team has earned the Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.
“Louisa is a prime example of someone who took advantage of the many opportunities and resources available to her as a student-athlete at WVU,” WVU rowing coach Jimmy King said. “Lou was never one to do ‘just enough’ in rowing, so I’m not at all surprised by her many accolades. In her time at WVU, Louisa certainly gave back as much as she was given. She’s a true Mountaineer.”
In 2017, the Blenheim, New Zealand, native has been named a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Scholar Athlete for the third time in her career, a member of the Academic All-Big 12 Rowing Team for the third time and a WVU Outstanding Senior, an honor given to the top 40 seniors at the university. She has also been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, President’s List, Dean’s List, Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll and won the Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Award.
The Big 12 Conference established its Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award in 2012-13. A recipient is named in each conference-sponsored sport. Every Big 12 institution nominates one individual per sport with the winners selected by a vote of the league’s head coaches for that sport, who are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.
Scholar-Athlete of the Year nominees must be a junior or senior (athletic and academic standing), have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher, participate in at least 60 percent of the team’s scheduled contests and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution.