June 12, 1998
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Washington director of athletics Barbara Hedges presented gymnast Klara Kudilkova and rower Bob Cummins with the departments annual Top Dawg Award at the senior graduation banquet Friday night.
The Top Dawg Award is presented annually to two distinguished seniors who best exemplify the accomplishments of male and female student-athletes at the University in academic achievement, athletic excellence, personal growth, leadership and service to the Department and community.
Kudilkova, from the Czech Republic, is a member of the Husky gymnastics team which advanced to the NCAA Championships for a second straight year. She is a two-time Pacific-10 Conference title holder, a 1998 NCAA Regional winner in the all-around and floor exercise, and she earned All-America honors six times during her four-year career. She was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic team twice and is the UW record holder in the vault and all-around. She led the Huskies to a seventh place finish at the NCAA Championships this year.
Kudilkova will earn her degree in communications with a grade point average of 3.59.
Cummins, a graduate of Everett High School, led the Husky mens varsity eight crew to and undefeated season and its first national championship since 1984 when he stroked the boat to victory at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships in 1997. He was the varsity stroke again this year and led UW to its eighth-straight Windermere Cup victory and a second place finish at the IRA Championships. He was a member of the U.S. National Team that captured the gold medal at the World Rowing Championships in September of last year. He will continue his academic and athletic career at Oxford University in England next year.
Cummins, the Pac-10 Medalist for Washington, is a zoology major with a 3.72 grade point average.