Jan. 10, 2001
Los Angeles - - Former UCLA swimmer Keiko Price has been chosen as one of the six recipients of the prestigious Woody Hayes National Scholar Athlete award. These awards are presented to the outstanding male and female scholar-athlete in each of the three NCAA divisions. She will be honored at a banquet next Friday night (Jan. 19th) in Columbus, OH.
A panel of eminently qualified judges selected the awardees. The University and Northwest Sertoma Club, by honoring these six scholar-athletes, seeks to establish a perpetual living memorial to Coach Woody Hayes, with these awards being presented annually.
Price, a two-year team captain holds school records in the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard freestyle, the 200-yard individual medley, and the 200- and 400-yard medley relays (swimming the anchor leg). In 1999, Price was a Pac-10 Champion in the 100 freestyle and a member of the 1999 U.S. Team for the Pan-Pacific Games. In 2000, she was runner-up in the 50 freestyle and third in the 100 freestyle at the Pac-10 Championships. She was also runner-up in the 100 freestyle at the 2000 NCAA Championships.
She was equally impressive in the classroom posting a 3.584 in Afro-American Studies. She earned both a 2000 Pac-10 Conference and a 2000 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and was a Pac-10 All-Academic honoree from 1998-2000.
Price was also very active in various community affairs. For two years, she was an "I'm Going to College" volunteer, where she encouraged inner city children to further their education. In 1999, she spoke to children at Washington Place Low-Income Apartments about the importance of education, staying out of gangs, and saying no to drugs. She also spoke at a shelter for abused children and organized volunteers at the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank.