Martin Named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Finalists
Ala. - Women’s tennis senior Sarah Riske (McMurray,
Pa.) and football senior Mike Martin (Tampa, Fla.) have been
named Vanderbilt’s recipients of a Southeastern Conference
Post-graduate scholarship and are now finalists for the 2002-03
H. Boyd McWhorter SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year Award.
Riske and Martin will both be given a $5,000 scholarship for
post-graduate studies. The SEC Faculty Athletics Representatives
Boyd McWhorter Selection Committee will choose the outstanding
male and female student-athlete and each will receive a $10,000
post-graduate scholarship, provided by the ALLTEL Corporation.
The award will be presented to the two winners in May at the
SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, Fla.
Riske is the top player on the Vanderbilt women’s
tennis team. She is currently ranked No. 11 nationally in
singles and No. 1 in doubles with partner Aleke Tsoubanos
by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Riske, who earned
All-American honors in 2002, is nearing the 200-win plateau
for her career, as she won 97 singles and 101 doubles matches.
She has won at least 20 singles matches all four of her years
Riske will graduate in May with a degree in Psychology.
The daughter of Carol and Albert Riske, Sarah has been named
to the SEC Academic Honor Roll following her sophomore and
junior years. She has helped lead the Commodores to a 15-3
overall record and a 6-2 mark in the SEC up to this point
in the season.
a four-year letterman on the Vanderbilt football team, was
a top reserve in the defensive secondary and one of the Commodores'
finest special teams players during his career. He recovered
two fumbles while forcing two fumbles during his career. Martin
saw action in all 44 games of his four-year varsity career.
As a senior at Jesuit High School, Mike was president of
his class and was a member of the National Honor Society,
graduating in the top 5 percent of the class. The son of James
and Mattie Martin, Mike has been active with Men Promoting
A Situation, an on-campus organization that brings awareness
of women’s issues. He will graduate this May with a
degree in Human and Organizational Development, concentrating
on the leadership track.