Lauren Kraker (Women’s Tennis) Named 2021-22 CUNYAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Since the moment she arrived on Baruch College’s campus, Lauren Kraker has embodied the true meaning of being a student-athlete. Lauren has spent the past four years working tirelessly to become the best she can possibly be on the tennis court and in the classroom.

Her work ethic has paid dividends, as Lauren will finish her four years at Baruch as one of the most decorated women’s tennis players in program history, as well as a nine-time Dean’s List member and two-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar -Athlete.

“The CUNYAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award was made for Lauren Kraker“said Carrie Thomas, Assistant Athletic Director for Academic, Compliance and Eligibility / SWA / SAAC Advisor. “Lei She’s had a big impact on Baruch Athletics since the day she stepped on campus. I knew she was someone we needed to keep our eye on as lei she continued to excel on the court and in the classroom.”

Maintaining a GPA of 3,862, Lauren, a native of Howland, Ohio, has excelled in her major of Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Known for her determination and intensity di lei on the tennis court, Lauren takes the same approach to school. She has even applied her studies outside of Baruch, volunteering at Mount Sinai Hospital. Additionally, she has served as a research assistant in genetics on campus.

On the tennis court, Lauren’s legacy will be most remembered as someone who always led by example. She has garnered CUNYAC All-Star recognition in each of her three seasons of play, including First Team laurels in each of the last two seasons.

After coming up short in the 2019 championship match, Lauren’s leadership as a team captain in 2021 led Baruch back to the championship final, where the Bearcats captured their first conference championship in 2016 while earning the league’s automatic bid to the 2022 NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championship Tournament, the program’s third trip to the national tournament in school history.

While juggling her academics, athletics and volunteer time at the hospital, Lauren has continued to find time to give back, as she is also a member of Baruch’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and also giving tennis lessons at Yorkville Tennis Club.

“Lauren was the first high school recruit we had when I came here. She’s a fantastic person. As a Biology major, there’s not a lot of leeway in the courses that are available and that can conflict with matches and other classes, but Lauren always did her best. She did great in the classroom and was also able to compete with the team. As a person, that’s what you’re looking for. It’s great to have a star, but we’re looking for people that can blend it all and have great time management skills and she’s done just that, “said Head Coach Gregory Wyzykowski.

After graduating in May, Lauren will be turning her attention to Medical School, as she prepares to take the Medical School Admission Test in June.

“Baruch College Athletics is very proud of Lauren and all her accomplishments she’s made on the court and in the classroom. It’s an honor to have her be a Bearcat and we wish her the very best of luck in the future,” said Thomas.

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