Laguna Blanca’s Clara Madsen receives Womble Award

Laguna Blanca's Clara Madsen

Laguna Blanca’s Clara Madsen

Laguna Blanca’s Clara Madsen was recognized at Monday’s Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table press luncheon as the Owls’ Phil Womble Award recipient.

The Round Table presents the Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award to student-athletes who demonstrate the highest standards of ethics and sportsmanship. Each school selects a junior on an annual basis.

Madsen was presented by Round Table Regal Member Bob Archer, Athletic Director Mike Biermann and volleyball coach Jim Alzina. Madsen’s parents, Peter and Jeppe, were also present.

Madsen, a three-year varsity volleyball player who made an All-CIF First Team in the fall season, carries a 4.0 GPA at the rigorous college-prep school and is a member of the National Charity League. She is also a co-president of the Direct Relief International Club.

“Clara honestly is the most energetic student-athlete I’ve ever seen and I’ve been in this business 25 years,” Biermann said. “For her to maintain that high GPA with everything that she does is truly amazing.”

Alzina said she’s one of his hardest workers on the court.

“She was our MVP this year but you would never hear this kid ever talk about herself,” Alzina said. “She’s always pumping up her teammates, cheering for her teammates.”

Madsen is also a star player for the Owls’ girls soccer team.

“I just want to say thank you to the Santa Barbara Round Table for giving me this award. It’s a huge honor,” Madsen said.