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Falcons' Chiricosta wins James Award (08-31-11) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 31 August 2011 08:55
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Christine Chiricosta
CLEVELAND - Bowling Green State University tennis standout Christine Chiricosta was named the female recipient of the Mid-American Conference's Bob James Memorial Award Tuesday.
In its 22nd year, the award recognizes one female and one male athlete who have achieved a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 and have displayed good character, leadership and citizenship.
The athletes are nominated during the year in which they complete their final season of eligibility. Each winner earned a $5,000 post-graduate scholarship, which is awarded in honor of Bob James, the second commissioner in MAC history (1964-71).
Chiricosta graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in education. She majored in adolescent/young adult/secondary education with a specialization in integrated language arts and a minor in English.  Chiricosta maintained a perfect 4.00 cumulative GPA during her time at Bowling Green.
In June, Chiricosta was named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America women's at-large Team. Chiricosta, who earned Academic All-America honors in each of her last three years, became the first-ever women's tennis student-athlete to be named to the first team.
Chiricosta earned the first-team honor in 2011 after being named to the second team as a junior and the third team in her sophomore year.
On the tennis court, she ended her career as the most decorated player in BG history, setting 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-MAC first-team for the second-straight season, after earning all-conference second-team honors in each of her first two years at BGSU.
In the 2010-11 season, Chiricosta had an overall mark of 50-20, playing at the No. 1 flight in both singles and doubles.
In the spring of 2011, Chiricosta 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.
On the court,, 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.
Miami's Jon Edgington (baseball) was the male recipient of the 2011 Bob James Memorial Award.
Chiricosta becomes the third BG female student-athlete in the last four years, and the seventh overall, to win the Bob James Memorial Award.  In fact, Bowling Green has had more male (six), female (seven) and overall (13) recipients of the award than any other school.  No other MAC institution has had more than three female recipients or seven overall recipients.
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