Noelle Dykmann, a mainstay and the lone freshman on K-State’s 1st Varsity 8 this season, was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year by the league’s coaches on Wednesday, becoming the first-ever K-State rower to earn the honor.
Rowing alongside Meggie Murray, Lisa Angell, Brittany Long, Allison Dorau, Ashley Houser, Erin Roeser, Madi Haney and coxswain Hillary Schartz, Dykmann has helped the Wildcat rowing program to several firsts.
In its latest effort, the 1V8 helped K-State to a second-place finish at the Big 12 Championship — its best finish at the regatta since it became conference-sponsored three years ago.
Dykmann has matched that success on the water in the classroom as well, being named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team and Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
A native of Lenexa, Dykmann joined the Wildcats this year out of St. James Academy, where she competed in volleyball and basketball. She started the fall portion of the rowing season on the Novice crews, before joining the 1V8 permanently at the beginning of the spring season. Along with a strong showing at Big 12s, the freshman has been a part of a 1V8 that has been named Boat of the Week twice by the Big 12 and once by Conference USA.
Dykmann, along with the rest of the Wildcat rowers, will close out their 2014 campaign in Oak Ridge, Tenn., at the Conference USA Championships on May 17.