Women's Tennis |
May 14, 2011
CINCINNATI - Four senior student-athletes will be honored at the University's All Recognition Ceremony on Sunday evening, including Shelly Bellman (women's basketball), Brian Berling (track & field), Stephen Cunningham (swimming & diving) and Ksenia Slynko (tennis). The University ceremony honors the outstanding achievements of its top organizations and individuals on campus.
Slynko and Berling received the Female and Male TopCat Award, respectively, which is awarded to the individual yielding the highest GPA. Slynko earned her BA in Economics with a 4.0 GPA and is on track to receive a Master's in Applied Economics by the end of 2011. She played No. 1 singles for 22 matches this season and closed out her UC career with a 35-36 record at the No. 1 singles spot. Berling earned a 4.0 graduate GPA (3.947 undergrad) as a criminal justice major.
The Jimmy Nippert and Helen Norman Smith Awards are presented to the top graduating senior male and female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves by academic achievement, athletic accomplishment and service to the campus community.
Bellman, this year's Helen Normal recipient, ended her career in four UC Top 10 lists after battling multiple knee injuries. While on the sidelines, she was involved in the non-profit organization "Dress for Success," spoke to kids at Loveland Elementary School, assisted UC freshmen on Move-In Day, served food at local soup kitchens, volunteered at the Kids' Club at Crossroad Oakley, and many more. Bellmen has been named to the Dean's List since 2005 and has been working toward a second degree. She averaged 5.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in 24 starts in the 2010-11 season.
Cunningham will receive the Jimmy Nippert Award after qualifying for two A finals at the BIG EAST Championship. He swam a personal best of 15:34.46, the seventh-fastest time in school history, in the 1,650 freestyle to place fifth. Cunningham took sixth place in the men's 500-yard freestyle with his personal best and NCAA B time of 4:26.65, the fifth-fastest time in school history. He won the 500 freestyle at the FAU Invitational with an effort of 4:39.00 and the 500 freestyle at the Miami Invitational, clocking a time of 4:29.12.
All four student-athletes will also be recognized at the annual All-Sports Banquet at Fifth Third Arena on Saturday, June 4.