Jillian O'Mara Receives Senior Athletic Award at Bucknell
May 1, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell senior Jillian O'Mara (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge), a member of the Bison women's rowing team, received a special award at the University's annual Senior Athletic Awards Banquet, sponsored by the Bison Club and held at the Elaine Langone Center on Tuesday, May 1.
O'Mara won the Alvin F. Jackson Memorial Scholar-Athlete Award, presented to senior athletes "for outstanding academic and athletic achievement and future promise as Bucknell alumni." O'Mara shared the award with Tim Bolte of the football team, who was the male selection.
In addition to O'Mara, several other student-athletes were honored at the banquet, including the winners of the Christy Mathewson Award, given to the most outstanding athletes in the senior class.
One of just four rowers in Patriot League history to be a member of the Patriot League Boat of the Year four times, O'Mara helped guide Bucknell to four league crowns during her time as a Bison. She was a member of the varsity eight all four years, rowing in the seven seat at this past weekend's event, which featured Bucknell claiming its seventh consecutive team title.
A 2011-12 team captain, O'Mara was a CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District At-Large selection in 2011 and is a three-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll member. A two-time First Team All-Patriot League selection, she was a member of the inaugural Academic All-Patriot League Team last spring.
A six-time Dean's List member who is a two-time CRCA National Scholar-Athlete, O'Mara is a member of the Mortar Board Academic Society, a Leanne Freas Trout French Trout French Scholar recipient and the community service chair of Kappa Alpha Theta.
O'Mara carries a 3.91 GPA and her major is biology and French and Francophone studies with a minor in peace studies.
Bucknell is a highly selective, privately endowed liberal arts institution with an enrollment of approximately 3,500 undergraduate students. Bucknell competes in NCAA Division I as a member of the Patriot League and has full membership along with American, Army, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh and Navy. Bucknell has won the Presidents' Cup, signifying the Patriot League's all-sports champion, in 17 of 21 years, including 13 of the last 14.