May 7, 2014MANHATTAN, KAN. – Noelle Dykmann, a mainstay and the lone freshman on K-State’s 1st Varsity 8 this season, was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year by the league’s coaches earlier today, becoming the first-ever K-State rower to earn the prestigious honor.
“I'm extremely honored to receive this award,” Dykmann said. “I'm thankful for the opportunity to be on this team and learn this sport, and also for the other athletes in my boat for accepting me and helping me to push harder every day.”
Rowing alongside Meggie Murray, Lisa Angell, Brittany Long, Allison Dorau, Ashley Houser, Erin Roeser, Madi Haney and coxswain Hillary Schartz, Dykmann has helped the Wildcat rowing program to several firsts. In its latest effort, the 1V8 helped K-State to a second place finish at the Big 12 Championship, its highest ever finish at the regatta since it became conference-sponsored three years ago.
She has matched that success on the water in the classroom as well, being named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team and Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
Head coach Patrick Sweeney said the honor is well-deserved for the freshman rower.
"Noelle is really deserving of this award,” said Sweeney. “She came onto the team with absolutely no rowing experience, and in a short time span has managed to use her natural athletic abilities and good work ethic to earn her way onto the 1st Varsity 8."
Sweeney added that Dykmann’s dedication and subsequent success has been a great example for the team, as well as the program as a whole.
“Noelle has also shown herself to be an exemplary teammate, vesting interest in the team as a whole, and she has provided a great example for all of our incoming athletes,” Sweeney said.
A native of Lenexa, Kan., Dykmann joined the Wildcats this year out of St. James Academy, where she competed in volleyball and basketball. She started the fall portion of the rowing season on the Novice crews, before joining the 1V8 permanently at the beginning of the spring season. Along with a strong showing at Big 12s, the freshman has been a part of a 1V8 that has been named Boat of the Week twice by the Big 12 and once by Conference USA.
Dykmann, along with the rest of the Wildcat rowers, will close out their 2014 campaign in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, at the Conference USA Championships on May 17.
Big 12 Rowing Postseason Awards
Rower of the Year: Kristin Clift, Oklahoma
Newcomer of the Year: Noelle Dykmann, Kansas State
Coach of the Year: Leanne Crain, Oklahoma