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Lauren Hyde is among the 30 candidates for the 2009 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.

Wednesday August 26, 2009Soccer's Lauren Hyde Candidate for 2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

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Lauren Hyde is among the 30 candidates for the 2009 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.

Senior Lauren Hyde (Carmel, Ind.), a midfielder/defender for the No. 7 University of Florida soccer team, is among the 30 candidates for the 2009 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for the sport of soccer, according to the awards committee’s announcement Wednesday.


The CLASS Award stands for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School. The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages those leaders to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact.


To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: Classroom, Character, Community, and Competition.


Two Florida student-athletes from the diamond achieved an unprecedented double last spring as seniors Stacey Nelson and Brandon McArthur picked up the 2009 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Awards for softball and baseball, respectively.


Hyde picked up 2007 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas All-America third-team honors. She is a three-time All-Southeastern Conference selection and appears among the 2009 All-SEC preseason team. Hyde has also been tabbed as a member of the NSCAA/adidas All-Southeast Region team the past two years. A constant in the Gator lineup throughout her career, Hyde missed two starts in 2008 due to injury – otherwise she has started every possible match of her collegiate career.


She’s been recognized on the SEC Academic Honor Roll the last three years. Hyde is one of 10 Lowe’s Senior CLASS candidates that were a 2008 NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-American. She is pursuing a degree in sports management.


Last spring, Hyde joined her Gator teammates on a Habitat for Humanity build and also helped the team prepare a meal for Gainesville’s St. Francis House Homeless Shelter.


From the list of 30 candidates, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the 2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award at the midway point of the season.  Those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.  Winners will be announced during the 2009 NCAA Division I Women's College Cup in College Station, Texas.


For more information on the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, please visit



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