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Randle, Harbin are Pac-12 Tom Hansen Conference Medal winners

 

Chasson Randle of Stanford men's basketball and Kelsey Harbin of women's field hockey were named the 2014-15 Pac-12 Tom Hansen Conference Medal Winners, as announced Tuesday by the conference.

A Conference Medal is awarded annually to each member institution's outstanding senior male and female student-athlete based on the exhibition of the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.


The Pac-12 Networks will air Pride of the Pac on July 9 at 7 p.m., a one-hour special honoring the 24 recipients of the prestigious Tom Hansen Conference Medal.

Harbin, a human biology major, wrapped up her career on The Farm (2011-15) as one of the most accomplished field hockey players in school history. She is a three-time All-American -- a feat accomplished by only one other player in program history -- and co-captained Stanford to its first NCAA Tournament victory in school history in 2015.

Harbin had an outstanding senior season and was a Longstreth/NFHCA First Team All-American, All-Region first team selection, Norpac Player of the Year and NorPac All-Conference First Team. She was one of four finalists for the 2014-15 Honda Broderick Field Hockey Sports Award, given to the top player in the country. She also accumulated four NorPac Defensive Player of the Week honors, starting all 22 games during the season.

Along with her on-field accomplishments, Harbin excelled in the classroom and in the community. She is a two-time NFHCA All-Academic honoree and volunteered with multiple community service groups.

Named an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American as a senior, Randle averaged a team-best 19.6 points while shooting 40.3 percent overall and ranking 19th in the country with an 87.7 percent clip from the foul line. Randle, who averaged 23.6 points on the way to being named the NIT's Most Outstanding Player, also led the Cardinal in assists (112) and steals (50). Randle recently agreed to join the Golden State Warriors for NBA Summer League competition.

A two-time All-Pac-12 First Team selection, Randle scored 2,375 career points to pass previous record holder Todd Lichti as the school's all-time leading scorer while ranking third all-time in conference history. Randle, who guided Stanford to only its fifth NCAA Sweet 16 appearance (2014) and two Postseason NIT championships (2012, 2015), also established school records in three-point field goals (304), three-point field goals attempted (787), field goals attempted (1,775), games played (144), games started (142) and minutes played (4,791).

Randle's on-court accomplishments during his four-year career on The Farm were matched only by his achievements in the classroom. Stanford's first Academic All-America First Team selection since Dan Grunfeld in 2006, Randle was a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic recipient over his career. He was honored as the 2015 Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year, becoming the Cardinal's second honoree in as many seasons and third since 2010.

An African and African-American studies major with a 3.34 GPA, Randle remained on track to complete both his undergraduate degree and master's degree in four years. Randle was also accepted into the department of psychology's master's program.

Conference medal winners have been named every year since the 1960-61 academic year. In 2009, the Pac-12 renamed the award the Tom Hansen Conference Medal in honor of Hansen, who retired at the end of June 2009 after serving for 26 years as Commissioner of the Pac-10.

Women's gymnastics

Stanford grew stronger Monday when it added Nicole Hoffman to the roster for the 2015-16 season, as announced by head coach Kristen Smyth.

Hoffman makes the cross-country trip from New York where she trained at Galaxy Gymnastics in Orangeburg, N.Y.

Hoffman boasts a number of athletic accomplishments including the 2013 New York State beam championship, 2013 regional championships in the all-around and floor, and a sixth-place finish on floor at the 2013 Junior Olympic Nationals. She earned the floor regional championship in 2012 and finished seventh on floor at the 2012 Junior Olympic Nationals.

A two-sport star, Hoffman also played soccer and was a two-time All-New-York State selection, including first team recognition in 2013. She captained her team and helped lead her squad to a 2013 sectional championship.

Hoffman joins previous NLI signees Dare Maxwell, Hailee Hoffman and Taryn Fitzgerald who previously committed to Stanford.

The quartet joins a Stanford team that returned to the NCAA Championships for the 12th time in the past 15 years, six gymnasts combined for nine All-America honors and the Cardinal finished fifth at the NCAA Championships with a 197.250 -- the team's second-highest score ever at an NCAA Championships competition.

Rowing

With each day that passes by, excitement is building for the start of the Henley Royal Regatta.

A regatta established in 1839, the 176 year-old Henley Royal Regatta attracts crews from around the world. This year the event received entries from 526 crews in 18 countries.

The first day of competition will be Wednesday with a full day or racing. The five-day regatta is expected to provide a lot of great racing with the quality of competition in the field. Stanford will have to wait until Friday for their turn to race.

The Cardinal will have two boats competing. The varsity eight will race in the Remenham Challenge Cup and the quad will race in the Princess Grace Challenge Cup. Times for each race will be announced on Thursday.

The varsity eight begins the competition against fellow NCAA power Brown. The Bears finished third at the NCAA Championships as a team, while Stanford brought home sixth place. The Cardinal varsity eight did have a higher finish with fifth place in the Grand Final, compared to Brown's seventh place.

Swimming

The Stanford women's swimming and diving team was one of 172 Division I women's squads to post a GPA over 3.00 during the spring, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America announced Tuesday. A record 406 schools were honored across NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA programs with the Scholar All-America Team designation.

The Cardinal ranked tied for 98th in the nation with a team GPA of 3.35, placing third among Pac-12 programs behind only UCLA (3.45) and Utah (3.40). Eastern Illinois sits on top of the list with a mark of 3.70.

Stanford excelled in the pool, as well, over the past academic year, finishing third at the NCAA Championships. Georgia (2nd, 3.49) and Louisville (6th, 3.50) were the lone teams to post a higher GPA of teams in the top 10.

— Stanford Athletics

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