July 11, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. -- Oklahoma rower Nicole Furmanek added another accolade to her accomplished career on Thursday after being named a Conference USA Scholar Athlete.
Scholar-athletes were selected from C-USA's full-time and affiliate institutions in 20 sports (combining indoor and outdoor track & field). The award is based on academic achievement, athletic achievement and service and were determined by the league's Faculty Athletics Representatives.
"This is yet another great honor for Nikki," said OU head coach Leeanne Crain. "She has been an outstanding performer here at the University of Oklahoma and it's nice to see Conference USA recognize her for both her academic and athletic accomplishments."
Furmanek, who completed her senior season as a Sooner in 2013, led OU to Big 12 and C-USA conference championships, the first league titles in OU rowing history. Oklahoma qualified for its first-ever NCAA Championship, finishing a program-high 17th in the nation.
The Belleville, Ill., native has excelled in the classroom and in competition throughout her career. A two-time C-USA Rower of the Year and the Big 12 Rower of the Year last season, Furmanek is a four-time Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association All-American Scholar and a three-time Capital One Academic All-District First Team selection.
A member of the varsity eight, Furmanek graduated in December with a degree in elementary education and finished with a 3.93 GPA. She began graduate school in January and is pursuing a master's of education with an emphasis in adult and higher education. Earlier this year, she was awarded a Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship by the Big 12 in addition to being named one of 25 recipients of the NCAA's Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics.
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