Rachel Buehler Named Lowe's Senior Class First Team

Dec. 12, 2007

Rachel Buehler was named to the Lowe's Senior CLASS First Team on Wednesday, as announced by Lowe's, an official corporate sponsor of the NCAA.

Earlier this year, Lowe's announced the addition of women's soccer and men's soccer to the award program, bringing the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award to a total of eight NCAA® sports. The award was originally launched in 2001 with basketball. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award has grown into the nation's premier tribute to college seniors.

Buehler is joined on the First Team by Jessica Maxwell of the University of North Carolina, Lindsey Ozimek of Charlotte and Ella Masar of the University of Illinois. The Second Team consists of: Valerie Henderson of UCLA, Angie Woznuk of the University of Portland, Joanna Haig of the University of Louisville, Kelsey Carpenter of the University of Texas and Courtney Hooker of the University of California, Berkeley.

Sportscaster Dick Enberg, Honorary Chairman of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, first conceived the idea of an award for seniors in 2001 in response to the growing trend of men's basketball players leaving school early for the NBA.

Lowe's has expanded the Senior CLASS Award program this year to include NCAA® Division I men's hockey, men's lacrosse, baseball and softball in addition to men's and women's basketball and now men's and women's soccer. The winner in each sport is announced at the respective NCAA® Championship events.

'Recognizing the many achievements of student-athletes is a goal the NCAA proudly shares with our corporate partner Lowe's,' said Greg Shaheen, NCAA Senior Vice President for Basketball and Business Strategies. 'The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award places a spotlight on the quality attributes of our future student-athlete graduates. The NCAA is proud to honor student-athlete leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to excel on the field of competition while they earn their degrees. '

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