Kansas State’s Allison Dorau was named Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors for women’s rowing on Thursday, adding to the senior’s standout season for the Wildcats.
Dorau was voted in by the conference coaches and joins the Wildcats’ Petra Niedermayerova (tennis) and Daniel Wood (golf) 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 Lenexa native 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 a mainstay on the 1st Varsity 8, helping the Wildcats to program-best finishes at both the Big 12 and C-USA Championships. For her efforts, she was named All-Big 12 and All-Conference USA for the second time in her career.
Dorau was also the first-ever Wildcat rower to be named to the CRCA South All-Region First Team.
K-State 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.”