In her four years competing for the San Jose State University women's swimming and diving team, Lauren Mar was a record-setting performer. During the 2006 through 2009 seasons, she excelled in the freestyle sprints, competed effectively in the backstroke and swam on as many relay teams head coach Sage Hopkins was allowed to write her name onto a lineup sheet.
According to available records, Mar scored more individual points for the Spartans at Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Championship meets than any other swimmer or diver in school history. Her best marks rank among the tops at San Jose State. That is even more impressive given the program's upswing since Hopkins took charge of the program her freshman season.
"The highlights would be breaking records over the four years and (going to) every WAC meet. It was so exciting and so different that I will never experience again. The college swimming atmosphere is so competitive and I loved it," said the 5-foot-3 Mar, who grew up in San Francisco.
Mar scored again, this time for herself, on May 29, 2010, with her bachelor's degree majoring in business administration. Her concentration was marketing.
"I've worked so hard for this and I'm ready to begin the next chapter in my life which is finding a job and going into the work force," she said prior to the University's commencement exercise in Spartan Stadium. She hasn't ruled out a M.B.A. degree sometime in the future.
The San Jose State University Scholar-Athlete Award recipient and Academic All-WAC honoree said her favorite class was Fundamentals of Finance taught by Deborah Abbott.
"I really enjoyed that class. I learned a lot from it. My teacher, Deborah Abbott, was awesome," said Mar.
An outstanding swimmer and an outstanding student - one could say Lauren Mar was awesome, too, during her time at San Jose State University.
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