Football’s Hasquet, tennis’ Rochin earn Gold Axe awards

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Austin Hasquet of the NAU Football team and Tatum Rochin of the NAU women’s tennis team were among 22 graduating seniors to receive the prestigious Gold Axe Award at a ceremony last Thursday recognizing their achievements in the classroom, in competition and service to the university and community.

The Gold Axe Award dates back to 1933 and is presented each semester to honor graduating seniors for their achievements and service. Hasquet and Rochin bring the NAU Athletics Department’s total to 39 Gold Axe recipients since 2004.

Hasquet owns a 3.97 GPA in biomedical science with a minor in chemistry and has been a team captain the last three seasons. The Peoria native has 78 tackles this season, bringing his career total to 247 — five away from breaking the school all-time tackles record. A two-time Big Sky all-conference selection on the field, he is also a two-time CoSIDA Academic First Team All-District 8 selection, and last year he became the 10th student-athlete in school history to garner first team Academic All-America honors. This fall he was selected as a 2014 National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete and a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy recognizing the best scholar-athlete in the nation.

Rochin has a 3.95 GPA and will graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in photography and was a pivotal member of the Lumberjack women’s tennis program. Over her two-year career after transferring from Pima Community College, she totaled 13 singles wins and 15 doubles victories, including a perfect 7-0 singles record as a junior. The Tucson native is an active member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and this semester, she served as an intern with the NAU Athletics academics department helping organize community service events and mentoring her fellow student-athletes with their classes. While with the tennis team, she completed numerous community service projects, including organizing and running a clinic for the Special Olympics organization of Arizona.