U-M Student-Athlete Spotlight: Gigi Packard

Jan. 21, 2014

Following the signing of U-M's second recruiting class, all 10 members are being featured in a student-athlete spotlight, breaking down each future Wolverine, on and off the field.

Gigi Packard earned her first varsity letter as a junior in 2013 and will play her final season at Thayer Academy (Braintree, Mass.) this spring. Packard was high school teammates with current Wolverine Caroline Fitzpatrick in 2013.

Packard has helped lead the Tigers to a 39-5 record over three seasons, including perfect 15-0 and 14-0 records in her freshman and sophomore years, respectively. Following her junior season in 2013, Packard received Under Armor All-America Underclassman honors for the New England region.

This right-handed midfielder also participated in club lacrosse for Revolution Lacrosse. She helped lead her team to victory at The Chill, The Northeast Challenge and Lax for the Cure tournaments in 2013. In addition to lacrosse, Packard was a four-year member of the soccer team at Thayer.

Off the field, Packard is a consistent member of the Honor Roll and is a member of the National Honor Society.


Packard photo Gigi Packard
Needham, Mass.
Thayer Academy

What attracted you to the University of Michigan?
I was attracted to the University of Michigan because of the intense level of academics, but also the high level of athletics.

What are your thoughts about continuing to help Michigan build its women's lacrosse program?
I can't wait to be a part of something new and to help create a program that is nationally known.

What do you like about Michigan/Ann Arbor from what you've seen so far?
I like how Ann Arbor encompasses everything that I love in a college campus in one area.

What is your favorite lacrosse moment of all-time?
Playing in the Under Armour Tournament. It was an amazing experience to play with and against some of the best players from all over the country.

How did you first get involved in lacrosse?
In third grade I first joined my town's youth league.

Do you have any talents or hobbies?
I love to play soccer and tennis.

Who is your role model, and why?
My parents are my role models because they show me how to work hard and how to be a good person every day.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing lacrosse?
I enjoy hanging out with my friends.

Favorite food ... Chinese/Sushi
Favorite band/artist ... Eminem
Favorite movie ... Talladega Nights
Favorite TV show ... Gossip Girl
Favorite book ... To Kill a Mockingbird
Favorite subject/class taken ... Math
Favorite professional athlete ... Zdeno Chara
Favorite place to visit/vacation ... St. Lucia
Favorite sport besides lacrosse ... Soccer
Favorite holiday ... Christmas

• Previous Spotlight: Becca Marchant (1/16/13)

Contact: Whitney Dixon (whitdix@umich.edu)

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