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Karin Vadelund
Karin  Vadelund

Women's Basketball (Inducted 2003)


Dr. Karin L. Vadelund won four letters in women's basketball between 1986 and '90. Though the 5-foot-5 point guard was called upon to distribute the basketball and provide leadership, she also managed to score 1,400 points in her outstanding career. She ranks ninth in points and 10th in points-per-game average (12.8), as well as sixth in career assists (382) and 13th in steals (183).

In addition to her swift hands and ballhandling skills, she had an accurate eye from both the field and foul line, ranking among GW's best in career free throw percentage (.812 on 324 of 404 attempts) and career 3-point accuracy (.394 on 112 of 284). All of this was done with enthusiasm and flexibility as she played for three coaches in four seasons: Linda Makowski ('87 & '88), Jennifer Bednarek ('89) and Joe McKeown ('90). Through it all, she was an Atlantic 10 All-Rookie selection as a freshman as well as second team All A-10 in both her junior and senior years.

Another dimension of Vadelund's Colonials career was her academic side. She was able to balance this impressive academic excellence along with her athletic prowess and competitiveness. Majoring in biology, she maintained better than a 3.5 GPA and in doing so earned numerous Atlantic 10 honors. Among them, she was first team Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference three straight years ('88-90) after being named honorable mention as a freshman in '87. As a senior, she was the recipient of the Abbie Oliver Smith Award, recognizing the women's basketball player who best exemplifies both academics and athletes.

Vadelund, a native of Rockville, Md., and a 1986 graduate of Magruder High School, used her biology studies well. She went on to medical school at Wayne State University and currently resides in Florida.