Kansas State and Oklahoma claimed this season's Big 12 postseason rowing awards, as voted on by the league's head coaches. The Sooners, fresh of a Big 12 Championship, led the way with two awards, claiming Rower and Coach of the Year for the second year in a row, while K-State picked up the Newcomer of the Year honor.
Big 12 Rower of the Year
Kristin Clift, Oklahoma, Sr., First Varsity Eight, Six Seat
Clift was an integral part of Oklahoma's second straight Big 12 Championship. The senior was a part of the 1V8 boat that took first in a time of 7:19.48, beating K-State by nearly five seconds. The Sooner picked up All-Big 12 first team honors for the second straight season and was named to the Academic All-Big 12 team. OU's 1V8 nabbed the Big 12 Boat of the Week honor earlier this season after defeating Kansas and Sacramento State and taking first at the Lake Natoma Invitational.
Big 12 Newcomer of the Year
Noelle Dymann, K-State, Fr., First Varsity Eight, Seven Seat
Dykmann was the lone freshman to row on the Wildcat's 1V8 boat this season. She helped K-State to its highest finish ever at the Big 12 Championship since it became a conference-sponsored sport three years ago. Throughout the season, the boat took gold at SIRA and earned two Big 12 Boat of the Week awards. Dykmann was one of 27 from K-State to earn Academic All-Big 12 honors.
Leanne Crain, Oklahoma
For the third straight year, Oklahoma's Leanne Crain was tabbed Coach of the Year by her peers. In her sixth season at OU, the Sooners claimed their second Big 12 title in Oklahoma City. Five Sooners landed on the All-Big 12 first team and three on the second team under Crain's leadership. OU also boasted 23 Academic All-Big 12 selections.
The league's rowing squads will wait for the NCAA Championship field to be released on Tuesday, May 20 at 4 p.m. CT. The 2014 NCAA Championship will be held May 30 - June 1 at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Ind.