Katie Ledecky Runner-Up for Pac-12 Student-Athlete of the Year

Photo Courtesy: Chuckarelei / Pac-12

The Pac-12 Network announced its “12Best” June 18 via Twitter and a live webcast. Katie Ledecky, two-time Pac-12 individual Champion and five-time NCAA Champion, earned runner-up honors for Pac-12 Student-Athlete of the Year.

The Pac-12 Conference has more NCAA titles than any other conference in the NCAA. The conference hit their historic 500th win when the Washington women’s crew team won their respective championship in May.

Stanford women’s swimming & diving made their contribution this season, winning the 2017 Pac-12 Championships. The meet featured a handful of incredible swims including American Records by Ally Howe and the 400 freestyle relay.

But few athletes have made the impact on collegiate swimming that Katie Ledecky has, and she has only been competing for one season. At her debut Pac-12 Championships, she set American records in the 500 free and 400 IM, and took second to Simone Manuel in the 200 freestyle.

Despite her efforts, Ledecky earned runner-up status in this year’s race for the Pac-12 Student-Athlete of the Year.

The Pac-12 Network gave Kelsey Plum, of Washington Women’s Basketball, top honors. Plum is the All-time leading scorer in NCAA women’s basketball history with 3,527 points. Plum was the first overall pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft by the San Antonio Stars.

Ledecky was the only swimmer to make the list of the Pac-12 “12Best” Athletes for 2017. Stanford earned three spots, tallying the most on the list. Washington and USC each had two athletes earn “12Best” honors. Plum and Ledecky led the way for five women (including one beach volleyball pair) making the list. 

2017 Pac-12 12Best:

1. Kelsey Plum – Washington Basketball

2. Katie Ledecky – Stanford Swimming 

3. Edward Cheserek – Oregon Cross Country/Track

4. MyKayla Skinner – Utah Gymnastics

5. Lonzo Ball – UCLA Basketball

6. Christian McCaffrey – Stanford Football

7. Dillon Brooks – Oregon Basketball

8. Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes – USC Beach Volleyball

9. Inky Ajanaku – Stanford Volleyball

10. Adoree’ Jackson – USC Football

11. Sydney Wiese – Oregon State Basketball

12. John Ross – Washington Football



  1. avatar

    Isn’t Christian McCaffrey a football player? I don’t think the Carolina Panthers drafted him for his swimming ability.

  2. avatar

    Your # 6 needs to be corrected.
    Right name, wrong sport. Christian McCaffrey played football at
    Stanford, he is now with the NFL.

  3. Mary Lee-Wlodek

    Tell Christian McCaffrey he’s a swimmer now ???

  4. Jan Adamczyk

    My first thought was “how was she not first?” But she was 2nd to the very impressive Kelsey Plum, so that was certainly a tough call for those who had to pick!

  5. Thomas Carley

    Runner up? That seems questionable!

    • Rick Parker

      Right. Because women’s basketball is such a popular sport and Katy’s only a multiple Olympic gold medalist and world record holder.

  6. Cecilia Mancin

    She’s awesome!!! She is my idol!!! Proud to be a Katie Ledecky Fan!

    • Lelah Olender

      I know, right?! She has lots of time to achieve literally everything she can.

  7. Rory Neal

    How do you not get first when the only one you need to beat is yourself

  8. avatar

    I think maybe thay were just being nice to Kelsey Plum because she has been struggling mightily in WNBA. Averaging 4 pts a game and her team is 0-11, sorry but not really GOAT-like performance.

  9. avatar
    Michael Maloney

    WHAT I want to know is where is Kathleen BAKER…NCAA swimmer of the year award winner…..and Simone Manual…PAC 12 swimmer of the year award winner……???? right the sarcasm drips heavily…because they didnt deserve those AWARDS to begin with…..is the answer….just saying

  10. Mica Botha

    Wonderful achievement congratulations from South Africa

Author: Diana Pimer

Diana Pimer was a breaststroke/IMer at Keene State College and is the NEISDA Conference record holder in the 200 IM. She is currently an Age Group Coach at AGUA in New York City and has covered major competitions for Swimming World including the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 2015 and 2017 FINA World Championships, USA Swimming Nationals and more.

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