April 23, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Katrina Young and Jared Pike have been recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and Muscle Milk as 2014 All-American Athlete Award recipients. Nominated by FSU Strength and Conditioning coach Howard Gray, this award recognizes their athletic accomplishments that were helped by their dedication in the weight room.
This award also recognizes these athletes for their academic and personal accomplishments and their integrity as student-athletes.
“This award is a testament to the work they have put in and how the team as a whole has progressed over the past year in the weight room,” Gray said. “Most importantly, both of these athletes have carried over this success to the pool.”
In the pool, Pike swam the breaststroke legs of the medley relays this season, helping the Seminoles to their highest NCAA Championship relay finish in school history by taking fourth place in the 200 medley. He also contributing toward a sixth place finish in the 400 distance at the meet while holding the ACC and FSU records in the race.
“Jared has made big improvements physically,” Gray said. “That’s something that can be challenging as a senior. He has also provided excellent leadership throughout, and has been an excellent example for others to follow.”
Young was the 2014 ACC champion on platform after she set an ACC Meet and new FSU record score of 364.60. She also qualified for the 2014 FINA World Cup to compete in the 10-meter synchronized event alongside Amy Cozad after the pair won the event at trials on April 13.
“Katrina demonstrates great focus and drive in everything that she does,” Gray said. “She already had a great base physically, but she has impressively built upon this during a year full of collegiate, national, and international competitions.”
The NSCA is an international nonprofit educational association founded in 1978. Evolving from a membership of 76, the association now serves nearly 30,000 members in 52 countries. The NSCA develops and presents the most advanced information regarding strength training and conditioning practices, injury prevention and research findings.
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