Pofcher named college athlete of the year

LOWELL, Oregon- Stanford senior coxswain Nicole Pofcher was named Pac-12 women’s rowing athlete-scholar of the year on Sunday.

Pofcher is the Cardinal’s sixth Pac-12 Athlete-Scholar of the Year, after Grace McGinley (2021), Naomi Cornman (2015), Ali Fauci (2014), Mariele Higgins (2012) and Erika Roddy (2011).

The Winnetka, Illinois native is a major in international relations with a minor in sustainability and carries a cumulative GPA of 4.057.

Pofcher is an accomplished rower, having recently led the Cardinal’s varsity boat four to a Pac-12 championship on Sunday. In 2021, she earned first-team All-America honors after leading the Cardinal’s varsity eight to second place in the 2021 Pac-12 Championship and a second place finish in the 2021 NCAA Championship. She is a two-time Athlete-Scholar of CRCA and a two-time Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll winner.

On dry land, Pofcher is an active member of the Stanford community, spending her time as a Stanford tour guide, a member of the Stanford Senior Class cabinet, and an advisor for the Department of International Relations. She also ran the photography efforts for Stanford’s Sierra Camp, a family alumni camp just outside of South Lake Tahoe during the summer of 2019, and will lead the efforts again in 2022.

Upon graduation, Pofcher will begin as a full-time business analyst at McKinsey and Company in San Francisco.

The Pac-12 selects varsity athletes of the year in 24 sponsored sports: baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, beach volleyball, soccer, men’s golf, women’s golf, gymnastics women’s, women’s lacrosse, men’s rowing, women’s rowing, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, men’s swimming and diving, women’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s track and field , women’s track and field, women’s volleyball and wrestling.

Nomination criteria are: senior (athletics eligibility) on track to graduate, cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participation in at least 50% of scheduled competitions in the sport, and a minimum of one year in residence at the institution.

Each Pac-12 institution nominates one person per sport, and winners are selected by a committee of Pac-12 staff members at the end of each sport’s regular season. The sports achievements of the nominees are taken into account in the voting for the award.

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