Sept. 14, 2011
The President's Pride Cup is the highest honor an athletic team can receive at Clemson. It is an award that is presented to the athletic team that demonstrates exceptional achievement in athletics, academics, leadership and community service. The award was created five years ago when swimmer Sarah Cefalu attended the NCAA Leadership Conference and brought the idea to SAAC.
Each year that the Cup has been awarded, the winning team has surpassed the team before them in points, showing that our student-athletes are constantly striving to improve. This honor is meant to recognize student-athletes for being well rounded and excelling in more than just their sport. The President's Pride Cup is on display in Vickery Hall along with memorabilia from the winning team.
For the second year in a row, the President's Pride Cup was awarded to the Clemson Women's Outdoor Track & Field and Cross Country team. The team exceeded expectations and broke their previous total of 108 by 10 points. The women received numerous accolades in the four categories of excellence, which contributed to their 118 point total. This was 40 points higher than Women's Swimming and Diving and Women's Rowing, who tied for second place.
The Women's Outdoor Track & Field team won the ACC championship for the second consecutive season, and placed seventh at the NCAA Championships. The women took home seven individual ACC titles and Patricia Mamona won the NCAA Championship in the triple jump for the second year in a row.
In the leadership category, Kim Ruck and Alyssa Kulik were named to the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team for Cross Country, along with six women who were named USTFCCCA All-Academic for Track and Field. Patricia Mamona and Stephanie Buffo were also awarded ACC Post-Graduate Scholarships. The team also demonstrated great success in the classroom, ranking second in terms of GPA among all Clemson athletic teams in both the fall and spring semesters.
President's Pride Cup Champions:
2006-2007: Women's Swimming & Diving, 80 points
2007-2008: Women's Swimming & Diving, 87.5 points
2008-2009: Rowing, 107 points
2009-2010: Women's Indoor Track & Field and Cross Country, 108 points
2010-2011: Women's Outdoor Track & Field and Cross Country, 118 points