Senior Lauren Lucido is one shy of the Bucknell records in singles and doubles victories and already owns the school's combined victories mark.
April 22, 2011
By Sandra McKenn
Bucknell senior Lauren Lucido has been playing tennis since she went to the courts with her parents as a 5-year-old. Since then, her dreams have come full circle.
"When I first started playing, I wanted to go pro," said Lucido, a St. Paul's School for Girls graduate. "Then, when I was 13 or 14, I realized I wanted to play in college at a Division I school. A lot of pros don't go to school. They're home-schooled and on the court most of the time. I had seen a bunch of kids in my [USTA] Mid-Atlantic Section burn out or get injured, and when that happened, they had nothing to fall back on. I didn't want that to happen to me."
So Lucido, 21, went to Bucknell, where she plays No. 1 singles for the tennis team and will graduate with a degree in sociology, with a concentration in culture, media and leisure studies. She laughs at that leisure studies part.
"My dad didn't get that either," she said. "Basically, I decided I wanted to go into sports broadcasting, and Bucknell doesn't have that. This is the closest way I could get to it. It covers the industry, sports-related management and media broadcasting."
Besides the degree, she will emerge with the distinction of being Bucknell's all-time record holder, among both men and women, for combined wins (singles and doubles) with a 166-71 record and with her original dream of becoming a pro tennis player back in consideration.
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