Del Mar resident and USC women’s rowing senior captain Melanie Grindle was named Pac-12 Athlete of the Year on May 30 among the conference’s 2013 postseason awards. Head coach Zenon Babraj received his second nod for the league’s Coach of the Year award and the Women of Troy put four rowers on the All-Conference team: All-Americans Vineta Moca and Ivana Filipovic, Grindle, and sophomore Krisztina Gyimes. Washington State’s Ieva Adomaviciute received the Newcomer of the Year award.
Grindle becomes the first-ever USC rower to receive Pac-12 Athlete of the Year honors; an award that began in 2008 and that has only been bestowed upon rowers and coxswains from Stanford and California in its previous existence. This year, she received the Pac-12’s postgraduate scholarship and is the recipient of the Tom Hansen Pac-12 Medal. Grindle began her career as a walk-on with the Trojans’ novice crew and ascended the ranks to become a team captain and has held the bow seat in the varsity eight boat for the last two seasons. Her All-Pac-12 honor is a first in her career, but Grindle has received conference all-academic honors in her two previous seasons, is a three-time CRCA National Scholar-Athlete, and recently received her first CRCA All-West Region selection.