June 15, 2012
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Sam Ojserkis was named one of the 2012 Spring Scholar-Athletes of the Year Pac-12 Conference commissioner Larry Scott announced on Friday.
A native of Linwood, N.J., Ojserkis put together a highly decorated career not just on the water with the No. 1 Washington men's crew program, but also in the classroom as a geography major.
The senior served as a coxswain for both the 2011 and 2012 National Championship runs by the varsity eight, in addition to maintaining a 3.80 GPA at the UW. In addition, Ojserkis was part of a 2V8+ boat in 2010 that won gold at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships. He also went 3 for 3 as a coxswain at the conference championships.
Next fall, Ojserkis will head to England to study business at the prestigious Cambridge University. During his time at Washington, Ojserkis has interned with the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Sounders FC.
Ojserkis is the first Husky oarsmen to win the award since Simon Taylor did so in 2010.
Scholar-Athletes of the Year in each sport will receive a commemorative award. Toyo® will donate $1,000 to the scholarship funds of the institution's athletic department of each winner in recognition of their accomplishments.
In order to be eligible for the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50 percent of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution.