BRIDGEPORT, Pa. -- The Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) announces the selection of Grove City College senior Lauren Baur (North Wales, Pa./North Penn) as the recipient of the 2011 Women's Varsity Division III Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.
The highest honor bestowed by the league to an active player, matched only by the induction of a former player to the league's Hall of Fame, the award recognizes an outstanding senior student-athlete who has achieved success in both the scholastic (3.25 or higher cumulative grade point average) and athletic arenas while possessing a spirit which provides service to the community.
Athletes were nominated by their respective Department of Athletics with each CWPA institution eligible to nominate a female student-athlete for the award with the recipient being selected based on a points system derived from Community Service, CWPA Academic Honors, Scholastic Achievement and All-Conference/All-Eastern Tournament selections over their career.
Baur's selection marks the fourth time the award has been presented by the league as Bucknell University's Aubrey Rowe (2009) and Washington & Jefferson College's Jessica Barby (2010) previously garnered the award.
This year, the award was split into two varsity divisions, with Division I/II and Division III recipients as University of Michigan senior Alison Mantel (Miami, Fla./Gulliver) earned the 2011 Women's Varsity Division I/II Scholar-Athlete of the Year award last month.
A molecular biology major with a 3.69 cumulative grade point average and four CWPA Scholar-Athlete team honors, Baur excelled both in and out of the pool while competing in the Collegiate Water Polo Association.
A 2011 CWPA Division III All-Conference second team selection for tallying 28 goals, 26 assists and 56 steals during as a senior, she garnered All-Division III Eastern Championship second team accolades for helping the Wolverines capture the 2011 CWPA Division III Eastern title following a second place regular season mark.
The championship marked the second consecutive crown for Grove City as Baur and the Wolverines also captured the 2010 Division III Eastern championship.
Over the past two years, GCC recorded a 25-1 mark in CWPA Division III play, including a 19-1 mark in regular season competition.
During her four year career, Baur helped Grove City post a 60-51 mark, including a pair of fifth place finishes (2010, 2008) and an eighth place mark (2009) at the Division III National Championship tournament.
For her career, she tallied 80 goals and 68 assists to rank fifth in helpers at the college.
Away from the natatorium, she worked in the Summer of 2009 and 2010 as a volunteer for Chariots of Hope, a non-profit missions organization focused on helping at-risk children and women in Africa to help them improve their lives. In addition, she volunteered with Bethany Christian Services, a Christian adoption agency.