A Conference Medal is awarded annually to each member institution's outstanding senior male and female student-athlete based on the exhibition of the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.
On Tuesday, July 1 at 7 p.m., Pac-12 Networks will air Pride of the Pac, a one-hour special honoring all 24 Tom Hansen Conference Medal winners.
Senko and Sofia were each named UCLA Scholar-Athlete of the Year and both earned the Athletic Director's Academic Excellence Award, recognition for having made the Director's Honor Roll every quarter at UCLA.Senko, an Individual Medley/Backstroke/Butterfly specialist from Winchester, Mass., was named Pac-12 First Team All-Academic all three years she was eligible. A CSCAA Honorable Mention All-American in 2014, she was a part of the team that set the school record in the 400 Freestyle Relay at the NCAA Championships. In the UCLA Top 8 in the 200 Butterfly, Senko was a team captain during her senior campaign and earned the Bruin Pride and Scholar-Athlete awards at the annual team banquet.
Sofia, a defender from Dove Canyon, Calif., captained the Bruins to the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003, all while helping the team earn seven shutouts on the season. Off the field, Sofia earned first-team Capital One Academic All-America honors two times and was selected as a first-team Pac-12 All-Academic honoree three years in a row (2011-13).
Conference Medal winners have been named every year since the 1960-61 academic year. In 2009, the Pac-12 renamed the award the Tom Hansen Conference Medal in honor of Hansen, who retired at the end of June 2009 after serving for 26 years as Commissioner of the Pac-10.