PROVIDENCE - Four UConn student-athletes, Pat Lenehan (Men's Basketball), Lauren Sara (Women's Cross Country), Kathryn Hughes (Women's Rowing) and Faith Dismuke (Women's Track and Field), were recognized as 2014-15 American Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete Sports Excellence Award winners, as announced by the league on Wednesday.
The Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards are given to one student-athlete in each American Athletic Conference-sponsored sport based on academic credentials, athletic accolades or performances and volunteer service to the community. Student-athletes who have attained junior academic standing and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 are eligible.
In total, 22 student-athletes throughout the league were recognized with 2014-15 Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards. The selections are made by the conference's Academic Affairs Committee. UConn's four honorees marked the second-highest total in the league, trailing only Memphis (5).
Lenehan was a four-year member of the UConn men's basketball program, spending the first three as a walk-on before earning a scholarship for the 2014-15 campaign.
In addition to the daily grind of working to help his teammates improve, Lenehan has earned some of the highest academic honors the university can bestow. He has been recognized as a Babbidge Scholar, has received the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, the Presidential Scholars Award Scholarship and the UTC Academic Scholarship.
For the 2014-15 season, Lenehan was named the American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete, an award voted on by the league's coaches.
Sara earned the honor after rounding out her Husky career with an All-America selection at the 2014 NCAA Championships. The Stratford, Conn. native was tabbed as The American Female Athlete of the Week on two occasions in her senior season and served as taem captain. As a sophomore in 2011, Sara grabbed a 53rd-place finish at the NCAA Championships and nabbed 66th in 2012.
Dismuke, a 2014 Outdoor All-American, finished off a two-year career in Storrs in June when she helped the squad's 4x400m relay team set a new program record with a 3:32.33 second result at the NCAA East Regionals. In addition to her work at the NCAA Championships, Dismuke helped the team to a second-place finish at the 2015 American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championship, taking a silver medal in the 800m run.
During the 2014-15 season, Hughes competed as the four seat of the varsity eight 'A' and the varsity four 'A' that both placed first at the Head of the Riverfront. She rowed in bow for the Club Four at the Head of the Charles and four seat of the Championship Eight at the Head of the Schuylkill. Hughes finished the season as the six seat of the second varsity eight that placed third at the American Athletic Conference Championship.
On Thursday, the conference will announce the 2014-15 All-Academic team members.