Cardinal corner: Stafford a finalist for inspiration award


Stanford senior swimmer Nicole Stafford was named one of three finalists for the Honda Inspiration Award as announced by The Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) on Monday afternoon.

"I am extremely honored to be a finalist for the 2017 Honda Inspiration Award with two other incredible athletes," said Stafford. "Everyone who is nominated for this award is a winner. Thanks to the support of the CWSA, my parents, my Stanford swimming coaches -- Greg, Tracy and Joey -- my trainer Scott Anderson for always believing in me even when I didn't myself, as well as my Stanford teammates who inspired me to keep pushing and fighting everyday.

Nicole Stafford
"In addition, I'd like to thank my club coach Jason Turcotte, who gave me the confidence that I could come to Stanford as a freshman and still contribute to the team while battling my functional movement disorder."

Stafford is joined by two other inspiring athletes, senior skier Jesse Knori from Colorado University and junior swimmer Bailey Scott of the University of Alabama.

The Honda Inspiration Award winner will be selected by the CWSA Board of Directors and announced this week.

The winner will be presented on a live telecast on CBS Sports Network on June 26 in the Founders' Room at the Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California in downtown Los Angeles, as part of the two-day Honda Awards event.

Stafford suffers from a functional movement disorder with no known cure. The neurological condition gives Nicole painful full-body spasms or tremors every time she swims.

Despite the seizure-like movements, she was a four-year letterwinner for the Cardinal and earned her first individual All-America honor in March.

She served as team captain for the 2017 national championship team and was also a member of the NCAA winning 200-medley relay team in 2014.

Women's volleyball

Stanford coach Kevin Hambly announced the four freshmen who will join the women's volleyball team this fall and help it contend for a Pac-12 championship and the program's eighth NCAA title.

The class consists of Kate Formico (Saratoga, California), Meghan McClure (Rancho Santa Margarita, California), Blake Sharp (Orinda, California) and Sidney Wilson (Toronto, Ontario, Canada).

"We are excited to have this group join our program," said Hambly, who begins his first season with the Cardinal this fall. "They will add depth to our roster and bring an energy to practice each and every day. The thing that impresses me the most about the group is their serve receive and ability to play defense at a high level. I am looking forward to getting them in the mix with the returning players."

Women’s soccer

Stanford freshman and Sacred Heart Prep grad Tierna Davidson was named to the United States women’s soccer team U-20 team that will train at the U.S. Soccer national team training center in Carson beginning Saturday.

Cardinal freshman Cecilia Gee was named to the U-19 team that will begin training on May 18.

— Stanford Athletics


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