Boudreau Recognized at NCAA Woman of the Year Awards Dinner
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.
– Nova Southeastern graduate Lauren Boudreau was honored in Indianapolis Sunday as a semifinalist at the NCAA Woman of the Year Awards Dinner.
The awards dinner, in which Boudreau was accompanied by her family, head coach Stephen Frazier-Wong
and associate director of athletics Kelley Kish
, was hosted by CBS Sports anchor and reporter Tracy Wolfson. NCAA President Mark Emmert and NCAA Senior Vice President of Championships Joni B. Comstock were also in attendance.
"It is an honor to watch Lauren receive this recognition at tonight's NCAA Woman of the Year Awards Dinner," said Kish. "This is the perfect ending to Lauren's glorious career as an NSU student-athlete. Having the NCAA select her from the 455 nominees and be our first-ever Woman of Year finalist just adds to her legacy. The outstanding achievements Lauren attained as a Shark – winning a national championship, serving as SAAC president, leading our Make-A-Wish fundraising efforts that totaled over $5,000, excelling academically and giving so much of her time to the community – really epitomizes this award. All of NSU should be proud to have Lauren represent us on this national stage, as she starts with our medical school and beyond."
Boudreau was honored along with her fellow semifinalists before dinner. Texas Tech's Ifeatu Okafor would go on to be announced as the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year.
"It is at the same time humbling and inspiring to attend this event that celebrates the very best of intercollegiate athletics," said Frazier-Wong. "Meeting with these women and hearing about their accomplishments and commitment to service reaffirms the mission of NSU and Sharks athletics. National championships are the very least of the accolades that this amazing group of women can claim. I am so happy to have Lauren represent the Sunshine State Conference, Nova Southeastern University and the sport of rowing here."
Boudreau was selected among 10 NCAA Division II candidates from a pool of more than 450 student-athletes across the nation. Boudreau made her mark on the 2013 NSU rowing team, which won the first NCAA Division II Rowing Championship in Sunshine State Conference history. A biology major, she graduated with a 3.65 grade point average and has been admitted to the Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Among her numerous athletic accomplishments, Boudreau also helped raise the bar for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She served as president during her senior year and helped NSU's SAAC raise $5,544.72 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. It was several hundred dollars above their initial goal and set the tone for SAAC for years to come.
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