BGSU's Christine Chiricosta Receives National Honor

Updated 6/11/2009

Story courtesy of Bowling Green State University 

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio  - Bowling Green State University tennis standout Christine Chiricosta (Avon Lake, Ohio/Avon Lake) has been named to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Women's At-Large Academic All-America Team, it was announced Thursday (June 11). Chiricosta was named to the third team.

Chiricosta becomes the first women's tennis player in BGSU history to be named an All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Chiricosta has been an All-MAC Second-Team selection on the court in each of her two years at BGSU. In 2008-09, she had an overall record of 39-16, best on the team, and she tied for the BG lead in both singles wins (20) and doubles victories (19). Chiricosta, who played at the second singles flight for most of the year, went 3-0 in dual matches at the #1 flight and was 9-4 at the #2 flight in dual-match play.

In doubles, Chiricosta had a record of 19-9, teaming with senior Kelsey Jakupcin to go 11-4 in dual matches and 6-1 in conference play. She was one of just two Falcons to qualify for the ITA Midwest Region Championships in the fall, competing in both singles and doubles. Chiricosta had a 12-match winning streak (7 singles, 5 doubles) early in the dual-match schedule.

After just two years at BGSU, Chiricosta already is close to adding her name to several of the school's career records lists. With 42 singles wins, Chiricosta is just three shy of 24th place. Her total of 85 overall wins puts her just two away from joining the top-25 on that chart. Overall, she has records of 42-14 in singles, 43-17 in doubles and 85-31 combined at BG. She was named an ITA Scholar Athlete as a freshman (this year's ITA awards have not yet been announced).

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

Last month (May 21), Chiricosta earned Academic All-District honors, making her eligible for Thursday's Academic A-A award. She became the first Falcon tennis student-athlete to earn academic all-district honors in six years, since Alyson Gabel in 2003.

Two weeks prior to that award (May 7), Chiricosta was named to the Academic All-MAC Team.

Chiricosta is one of only three sophomores named to this year's team.

The ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team, awarded last month, was the result of voting by CoSIDA members within District IV. The 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, red-shirt 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 district 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 first-team all-district selections then were eligible ballot for All-America honors, which were determined by a vote of members of the CoSIDA Academic All-America Committee as well as the CoSIDA Board of Directors.

The tennis Falcons ended the 2008-09 season with an overall dual-match record of 12-7 and a MAC regular-season mark of 5-3. BGSU finished with a winning mark in MAC play for the first time since the 2002-03 season.