Falcons Chiricosta Named Academic All-American

Updated 6/9/2011

Chiricosta Named an Academic All-American Again

Becomes first-ever Falcon tennis student-athlete to be named to first team

Story courtesy of Bowling Green Sports Information 

TOWSON, Md. (BGSU Athletic Communications) - Bowling Green State University tennis standout Christine Chiricosta has been named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America® Women's At-Large Team, it was announced Thursday (June 9). Chiricosta, who has earned Academic All-America® honors for the third year in a row, is the first-ever women's tennis student-athlete to be named to the first team.

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Chiricosta earns the first-team honor after being named to the second team as a junior and the third team in her sophomore year.  As a sophomore, she became the first player in BGSU tennis history to be named to the Academic All-America® Team.

Chiricosta, a native of Avon Lake, Ohio (Avon Lake HS), is very likely the most decorated player in BGSU tennis history.  On the court, she finished her career holding all three school records for wins.  Chiricosta had a total of 178 combined career victories, with 89 singles and 89 doubles wins.  In the 2010-11 campaign, she was named to the All-Mid-American Conference First Team for the second-straight season, after earning all-conference second-team honors in each of her first two years at BGSU.

In '10-11, Chiricosta had an overall mark of 50-20, having played at the number-one flight in both singles and doubles.  That 50-win total tied her for fifth place on the BGSU single-season wins list.  The team co-captain had identical marks of 25-10 in both singles and doubles on the season.  Her singles win total was fifth on the BG single-season list, and the doubles win total deadlocked her for fifth on that school chart.

Chiricosta has amassed a veritable plethora of hardware off the court as well as on.  Earlier this spring, she earned the BGSU Department of Athletics Medal of Honor.  The Medal of Honor is the highest award given by the athletics department, and is given to one male and one female who encompass everything that a BGSU student-athlete should be.  One year earlier, she had been named BGSU's Junior Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Chiricosta was named to the Academic All-MAC Team in each of her three years of eligibility for the honor, and was selected as a ITA Scholar Athlete in each of her first three seasons at BGSU.  The ITA Scholar Athlete awards have not yet been announced for 2010-11.

On the court, in addition to earning All-MAC First-Team honors, Chiricosta shared the conference's Leann Grimes Davidge Sportsmanship Award in her senior season.  That award, which is the result of voting by the MAC women's tennis student-athletes, is presented to the player or players who displayed outstanding sportsmanship in MAC competition.  Chiricosta was named the MAC's Scholar-Athlete of the Week twice in her senior year and five times in her Falcon career.

Chiricosta, as mentioned the lone player in program history to earn Academic All-America® honors even once, helped BGSU to a total of 55 dual-match wins during her career, tying the school record for a four-year span.  She became the school's career leader in overall individual wins on Jan. 30, 2011, picking up a come-from-behind singles win at Butler.  Then, on Feb. 27 at Detroit, she picked up her record-breaking singles win.  Chiricosta snapped the BGSU career doubles wins record on April 2, teaming up with sophomore Maddy Eccleston for a victory against Ball State.

Chiricosta's academic all-district award in 2009 had made her the first Falcon tennis student-athlete so honored in six years (since Alyson Gabel in 2003), and she has earned that honor in each of the last three seasons.

In the classroom, Chiricosta maintained a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade-point average as an adolescent/young adult/secondary education major.

The Capital One Academic All-America® Team process began at the district level, as eight all-district teams were chosen as the result of voting by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) members within those respective districts. 

Chiricosta was named to the all-district first-team for District 4 for the third-straight spring.  That district consists of schools in the states of Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama. To qualify for nomination, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.30 (on a 4.0 scale). Additionally, she must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing (true freshmen, redshirt freshmen and ineligible athletic transfers are not eligible) and must have completed at least one full academic year at the institution.

The at-large team hopefuls consisted of student-athletes in the women's sports of bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis and water polo.

The names of the first-team selections to each of the Capital One Academic All-District® teams each were placed on the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot.

The tennis Falcons concluded the 2010-11 season with 15 wins, just one shy of the school record, and finished three spots higher than predicted in the MAC standings.   BGSU finished the campaign with a dual-match record of 15-8 and a MAC ledger of 5-3.  The Falcons, picked to place seventh in the MAC in the preseason coaches poll, actually finished fourth before advancing to the semifinal round of the MAC Championships.