Dorau named Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year

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Allison Dorau is the first Wildcat rower to earn the Big 12 Scholar-Athlete honor in K-State's program history. (Photo: K-State Sports Information)

Allison Dorau added yet another accolade to what has been an exceptional senior year for the Lenexa, Kansas, native, earning Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors for women’s rowing. Dorau was voted in by the conference’s coaches and joins Petra Niedermayerova and Daniel Wood as one of three Wildcats to receive the academic achievement this season.

“I am so grateful to have been a part of this team and the K-State athletic family,” Dorau said. “I owe my success to the support I have received from teammates, both past and present, and coaches. Rowing has driven me to excel both in the classroom and on the water. I couldn't imagine college without rowing, and I am forever grateful for this opportunity.”

Dorau finished the 2013-14 academic year with a 3.91 GPA in elementary education studies and is the first Wildcat rower to earn the honor in program history. The award adds to a long list of academic achievements for the senior this season, as she was named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team for a fourth-straight year and was one of three Wildcats to be named to the women’s rowing Conference USA All-Academic Team. She is also a three-time Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar-Athlete.

On the water, Dorau was mainstay on the 1st Varsity 8, helping the Wildcats to program-best finishes at both the Big 12 and C-USA Conference Championships. For her efforts, she was named All-Big 12 and All-Conference USA for the second time in her career. Dorau also was the first-ever Wildcat rower to be named to the CRCA South All-Region First Team.

Head coach Patrick Sweeney praised Dorau on both earning the award and on her career at K-State.

“This is a great way for Allison to be recognized as she closes her career here,” Sweeney said. “The award further sums up what she has meant to this program. She came here with no rowing experience and has done a really good job to excel both athletically and academically.

“Allison embodies what we look for in an athlete and has really exemplified what it means to be a student-athlete at K-State.”       

To be nominated for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, recipients must be a junior or senior in both athletic and academic standing, have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher, participate in at least 60 percent of the team’s scheduled contests and, at minimum, have one year of residence at their respective institution. The award was established by the Big 12 in 2012-13.

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