Marks Honored as Scholar-Athlete of the Year
IRVING, Texas – Kansas swimming and diving junior Deanna Marks was named the 2014 Big 12 Women’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Tuesday, April 15, by the Conference office.
Marks, a Plano, Texas native, holds a 3.93 grade point average in mechanical engineering and business administration studies. The junior has been named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team the past two seasons.
Marks was also consistent in the pool this year. She took home third place in the 200-yard butterfly (2:11.94) in the first meet of the season against Air Force (10/12). She placed first of nine in the 50-yard butterfly (26.17) in the double dual against Rollins and Tampa (1/11). At the same meet, Marks placed second in the 100-yard butterfly (58.04). She finished second overall in the 200-yard butterfly (2:07.89) against conference foe Iowa State (2/7-8). While also facing Iowa State, she placed fourth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:11.54).
To close out the 2013-14 season, Marks scored points for the Jayhawks at the 2014 Big 12 Championships in the 200-yard butterfly (2:02.59), by placing sixth in the competition finals.
The student-athletes for the 2014 Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year are selected as award-winners for their respective sport based on a vote of each sport’s head coaching group. The 2014 Men’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year award went to senior Reid Walker from Texas, who is also a mechanical engineering student with a 3.93 GPA.
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