MEAC Names Thashaina Seraus 2017 Woman of the Year
NORFOLK, Va., June 26, 2017—The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) has named Thashaina Seraus from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore as the 2017 Woman of the Year, the conference office announced today.
The award, selected annually by the MEAC Senior Woman Administrators, celebrates the achievements of senior female student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
“I would like to congratulate Thashaina Seraus for having a spectacular career, not only in bowling, but in her academic pursuits as well,” said MEAC Commissioner Dr. Dennis Thomas. “In addition, her service to the community is truly exceptional. I would like to thank the University of Maryland Eastern Shore athletic staff, coaches and academic support personnel who had an influential part in Thashaina's success. I wish her continued success in her future endeavors.”
Seraus, a native of Oranjestad, Aruba, competed under MEAC and NCAA regulations in women's bowling. She is the two-time reigning MEAC Bowler of the Year, and this past season she was named the Outstanding Performer at the MEAC Championship after leading the Lady Hawks to their fourth conference title in five seasons.
She had a 4.0 GPA at Maryland Eastern Shore, where she double-majored in business administration and general studies. She was a two-time First Team All-Academic selection as named by the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA), named to the MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic Team three times and twice earned University of Maryland Eastern Shore Department Distinction.
The University of Aruba transfer was the 2015 MEAC Rookie of the Year, before being named the conference's top bowler each of the past two seasons, and she was a First Team All-MEAC selection all three seasons she was at Maryland Eastern Shore.
The Lady Hawks won the MEAC title in two of Seraus' three seasons, and she finished fifth in the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada in 2015. That same year, Aruba's Ministry of Sports named her its Athlete of the Year.
In the community, Seraus participated twice in the Maryland Eastern Shore Street Sweep, and she was active in the university's Relay for Life initiative. She also volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, the Humane Society, and she was the bowling team's SAAC representative in 2016.
In December 2013, Seraus organized Christmas dinner for a group of less-fortunate children in her native Aruba.
Seraus will represent the MEAC as its nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. The NCAA established this award in 1991 to celebrate the achievements of women in intercollegiate athletics. Now in its 26th year, the award is unique because it recognizes not only the athletic achievements of outstanding young women, but also their academic achievements, community service and leadership.
The NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced on Sunday, Oct. 22 at the awards dinner in Indianapolis, Ind.
North Carolina A&T State bowling student-athlete MacKenzie Robinson was the 2017 MEAC Woman of the Year runner-up. She graduated last month with a 3.60 GPA, earning a Bachelor's degree in accounting.
MEAC Woman of the Year Honorees
2006 -- Renecia Lovelace, North Carolina A&T State (Softball)
2007 -- Courtney Smiley, Howard (Basketball)
2008 -- Jessica Worsley, Maryland Eastern Shore (Bowling)
2009 -- Loreal Smith, North Carolina A&T State (Track and Field)
2010 -- Kalyn Washburn, Delaware State (Bowling)
2011 -- Kristina Frahm, Maryland Eastern Shore (Bowling)
2012 -- Jazmyne Hefflefinger, Delaware State (Bowling)
2013 -- T'nia Falbo, Maryland Eastern Shore (Bowling)
2014 -- Christina Epps, Coppin State (Track and Field)
2015 -- Mariana Alvarado Nava, Maryland Eastern Shore (Bowling)
2016 -- Jenny Tracy, North Carolina Central (Softball)
2017 -- Thashaina Seraus, Maryland Eastern Shore (Bowling)