Feb. 6, 2012
Sports Performance Athlete of the Month Archive
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The January Sports Performance Athletes of the Month are Kara Mupo of women's lacrosse and Eric Chun of men's golf, announced today (Feb. 6) by Director of Sports Performance Jason Pullara.
"These two athletes are on the brink of beginning their spring seasons and have done an exceptional job preparing to win a championship," Pullara said. "Both Kara and Eric have worked incredibly hard in their off-season training but have taken it to another level this month knowing the high expectations they each have for their coming seasons."
Kara Mupo (Women's Lacrosse)
Kara is a sophomore who has really embraced what the sports performance staff can do for her lacrosse game. She consistently pushes herself and her teammates to get better and routinely organizes extra workouts with her teammates. She has shown tremendous improvements, gaining two inches on her vertical, 10 pounds on her bench and nearly doubling her chin-ups from four to seven compared to her testing from last year. She also took nearly a tenth of second off of her pro agility shuttle from 5.00 to a 4.91.
"Kara is an exceptional athlete and the confidence she gained last season has transferred into her off-season and pre-season training," Pullara said. "Even as a sophomore she has proven to be a leader among her teammates, making those around her better. I could not be more excited for Kara and her teammates heading into lacrosse season."
Eric Chun (Men's Golf)
Eric is one of our most gifted athletes at NU; his strength and power levels are some of the best from any golfer at NU. Those combined with his flexibility and mobility puts Eric at another level in the performance facility and on the course. This is evident from Eric's performances over the past three years which include a Big Ten individual championship, the Big Ten Freshmen of the Year award and numerous top-10 finishes.
"Eric is consistently looking to improve and leads his team by example," said Mike Schweigert, Assistant Director of Sports Performance. "He is soft spoken but it is impossible to ignore his work ethic. His effort in the sports performance facility and at practice has certainly led to his successes."
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