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WCC Honors REPRESENT and Individual Sportsmanship Award Winners

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- Pepperdine women’s swimming student-athlete Amanda Rowe won the 2015-16 West Coast Conference REPRESENT Award, which recognizes efforts on campus to best support the REPRESENT initiative to enhance the student-athlete experience.  Rowe was recognized this year for her efforts to enhance the experience for student-athletes visiting the Malibu campus for away competitions. She had the innovative idea to provide snack and drinks to all visiting WCC teams, an endeavor that helped Pepperdine put into action what it means to be a good host.

The award was presented this week in conjunction with the Executive Council and Presidents' Council meetings at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley, Calif. 

The individual sportsmanship award winners were also recognized at the WCC Honors Dinner. The campus SAAC groups selected Pacific student-athlete Sem Verbeek and Portland student-athlete Parkes Kendrick as this year's honorees.

Verbeek was described as “the definition of sportsmanship and a stickler for professionalism, respect and kindness” by his peers. Off the tennis court, Verbeek was heavily involved in university and athletic charity work. He spearheaded several events with his team, including the Read to Win program, Rotary Read-In, Adopt-a-Family, Pacific Sports Day for local elementary school children and the School of Education's Math Steeplechase. Verbeek was also named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s 2016 Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award winner. The award was the second WCC award for Verbeek who was also the West Coast Conference Male Postgraduate Scholarship award winner.

Kendrick was recognized for her dedication as a dual sport student-athlete, participating in both women’s soccer and women’s track and field. She has shown an incredible commitment not just to her teammates and coaches, but to the Portland community as well. Kendrick volunteers much of her time in the community and is a staunch advocate for the Portland homeless population.

The REPRESENT campaign is the West Coast Conference's sportsmanship campaign, which encourages the elevation of teams during competition rather than negative behavior. Since its launch in 2009, the REPRESENT campaign has transformed into a conference-wide celebration of WCC student-athletes' competitiveness, character and commitment to "representing" themselves both on and off the playing field.