Katie Ledecky wins Stanford Athletics’ Al Masters Award
Sophomore swimmer and psychology major KATIE LEDECKY won the Al Masters Award at the annual Stanford Athletics Board Awards ceremony. Overall, 26 varsity programs were represented during the ceremony, while 39 student-athletes were honored with awards.
AL MASTERS, ’24, was the athletic director at Stanford from 1925 to 1963. He is remembered as one of the most distinguished sports administrators in college history. The award was first presented in 1963, and this is the first time the Al Masters Award has not been shared since 2012. The award honors the athlete who attains the highest standards of athletic performance, leadership and academic achievement and is considered the department’s highest award.
Ledecky, who holds a 3.99 GPA, this week was also named the Google Cloud At-Large Division I Academic All-American of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Ledecky is a Scholar All-American and Pac-12 All-Academic first-team honoree, as well as a two-time Olympian, five-time Olympic gold medalist, 14-time World champion and eight-time NCAA champion. In her two years at Stanford, she helped lead the Cardinal to back-to-back national championships, including the program’s first NCAA title in 19 years.
The Bethesda, Maryland, native was the second freshman to win the Collegiate Women Sports Association Honda Cup as the top female collegiate athlete in the nation. As a collegian, she broke American records 11 times, NCAA records 15 times and NCAA meet records six times.
Ledecky announced recently that she would forgo her final two years of eligibility to pursue a professional career. She is continuing her training and classes at Stanford as she prepares for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Visit the Stanford Athletics website to see a video of Ledecky accepting the award, as well as a list of all award winners.