June 5, 2013
CHICAGO, Ill. -- Former University of Michigan student-athletes Evan King (Chicago, Ill./Walter Payton College Prep) of the men's tennis team and Katie Zurales (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South) of the women's gymnastics team were named the winners of the 2013 Ernest T. Sigler Award on Wednesday (June 5) at the Sports-O-Rama Banquet at the Chicago Marriott. The award is presented annually to the best male and female student-athletes from the Chicago area by the U-M Club of Greater Chicago.
King, a three-time ITA All-American, ended his illustrious Michigan career with a 116-34 singles record and is U-M's all-time leader in combined singles and doubles wins with 195. The 2013 Big Ten Athlete of the Year award recipient, King finished his senior campaign with a 32-5 singles record, including a 23-1 mark in dual matches and a perfect 10-0 record in Big Ten play. Last month, the Wolverine senior became the first U-M men's tennis player since 1992 (David Kass) to advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championships, accomplish the feat by defeating three ranked players over a three-day span.
Zurales was a seven-time NCAA All-American during her career at Michigan, with four of those honors coming at the 2013 NCAA Championships in April. This year, she was national runner-up on balance beam and a third-place finisher in the all-around while winning an individual Big Ten title (vault) and an individual NCAA Regional title (balance beam). Zurales was also one of six finalists for the 2013 AAI Award, given annually to the nation's top senior women's gymnast. Outside the gym, she was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and will be a four-time NACGC/W Scholar All-American. In the last month, Zurales was selected as an American Kinesiology Association (AKA) National Undergraduate Scholar, was the school's female recipient of the Big Ten Medal of Honor and an NCAA postgraduate scholarship recipient.
Contact: Zach Eisendrath, Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423