Sept. 16, 2004
PROVIDENCE, RI - Brown University women's rower Karen Prazar '04 (Exeter, NH) has been chosen as one of 52 individual state winners for the NCAA Woman of the Year, representing Rhode Island. This marks the second straight year that a student-athlete from Brown has been chosen for this prestigious award after Jessie Cooper '03 earned the honor last year.
A member of the Brown crew since her freshman year, and a key rower for Brown's 2004 NCAA Championship team, Prazar has earned a 3.889 GPA, while majoring in Biology, Prazar is an Associate member of the Sigma Xi Science Honor Society. A 2003 Academic All-Ivy selection, Prazar was also a 2004 recipient of the National Scholar-Athlete Award. She earned a Brown Postgraduate Scholarship in 2004 and was also nominated for the NCAA Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship in 2004. Prazar was also both a First Team CoSIDA District Academic All-American and a First Team CoSIDA National Academic All-American. In addition, Prazar was the recipient of Brown's Joukowsky Family Scholarship at the All-Sports Banquet, given one female and one male student-athlete in the graduating class with the highest GPA.
The five-seat of the Varsity eight all season, Prazar was a Team Captain in 2003 and 2004, and a two-time All-American. She also earned NCAA Second Team recognition in 2003. The stroke of the Varsity eight in 2002, Prazar earned NCAA First Team recognition in 2002. As the stroke for the Junior Varsity eight as a freshman, Prazar earned NCAA All-America Third Team honors and helped to lead the team to a First Place Conference finish. In addition to her accomplishments in both the classroom and athletics, Prazar has also been involved in the local community. A Providence Science Outreach teacher in 2000, Prazar worked at the Women's Center of Rhode Island as a child advocacy volunteer in 2001. She served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Board from 2001-2003 and was a Meikeljohn Advisor from 2003-2004. She also served as a teaching assistant for Biology 145 (animal behavior) in 2003.
Colleges and universities nominated 276 student athletes for this year's Woman of the Year award. A committee comprised of representatives from member schools selected the state winners. A national winner - the NCAA Woman of the Year - will be selected by the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics from among 10 finalists. The national winner will be announced at the 2004 NCAA Woman of the Year dinner Sunday, October 31, at the Indianapolis Westin.