BOCA RATON, Fla. -
Florida Atlantic University swimmer Breanna Saukas was one of just three Conference USA (C-USA) student-athletes selected to attend the 2017 NCAA Career in Sports Forum, scheduled for June 1-4 in Indianapolis.
For the eighth year, the NCAA invited more than 230 current student-athletes, NCAA scholarship and grant recipients, all with an interest in working within the sports industry. Saukas will represent C-USA alongside FIU swimmer Letizia Bertelli and Old Dominion soccer player Erin Kinz.
"I am so honored and excited to be representing FAU and C-USA at the NCAA Career in Sports Forum," said Saukas. "My experiences as a student-athlete the past four years have been incredibly amazing, which is a major reason that I am hoping to pursue a career in college athletics. This forum will allow me to learn more about the inner workings of college athletics and network with other likeminded student-athletes, administrators, and facilitators."
Saukas served as the 2016-17 FAU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President and received the C-USA Winter Spirit of Service Award for her dedication and commitment to academics, athletics and bettering the community. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and has accepted a graduate assistant position at South Carolina in athletic academic advising, which begins in August 2017.
"We are very proud of Breanna for being selected to participate in the NCAA Career in Sports Forum this summer," said Eric Coleman, director of the Student-Athlete Center for Academic Excellence/associate athletic director. "She epitomizes everything we desire in our student-athletes, and I am confident that she will have a very bright future in student-athlete development."
Forum attendees, with representation from 73 conferences, will hear from various keynote speakers and panelists, highlighted by Stevie Baker-Watson, associate vice president and director of athletics at DePauw University; Jason Burton, head women's basketball coach at the Texas A&M University-Commerce; Clyde Doughty Jr, director of athletics at Bowie State University; Oliver Luck, NCAA executive vice president of regulatory affairs; Felicia Martin, vice president of the NCAA Eligibility Center; and Craig McPhail, director of athletics at Lees-McRae College. The participants also learn best practices for gaining employment and gathering a better understanding of what future expectations will be once they obtain a job in collegiate sports.
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More about Breanna Saukas:
Saukas is a six-time member of the FAU All-Academic Team after achieving a 3.0 grade point average or above each semester since Spring 2014. She was a C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll member in Spring 2016 and was named to the Dean's List in Spring 2015.
In the pool, she saw success throughout her career. At last year's C-USA Championships, she placed 21st in the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.98). She also set a lifetime best time of 25.27 in the 50-yard freestyle time trials held at conference. During the regular season, her top finishes included the following: fifth in the 100 fly (1:04.90) and seventh in the 100-yard backstroke (1:07.18) versus FIU; seventh in the 200-yard backstroke (2:30.70) against IRSC; seventh in the 200 fly versus Florida (2:19.64); and eighth in the 50 free (26.67) against Old Dominion.
In the little spare time she has left, Saukas works as an office assistant at the FAU Office of Student Accessibility Services, which works to accommodate students with disabilities.