Dana Guentert Honored with Big Ten Sportsmanship Award
April 24, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State women's tennis freshman Dana Guentert (Lilburn, Ga.) was honored as the team's recipient of the 2009 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award as announced by the conference office on Wednesday. Each year the Big Ten honors one recipient from each of its 11 schools who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the competition setting.
In her freshman year, Guentert posted 18 wins, which ranks second on the team. 10 of her wins occurred during the spring season, which is tied for first on the team, and six of her wins occurred during the Big Ten season. She also posted a perfect 5-0 record in the No. 5 spot, which is where she saw most of her time this season. Her .692 overall winning percentage was tops for the team this year.
Guentert has not only excelled on the court, but also in the classroom. The chemistry major has posted a perfect 4.0 grade-point average as a student in the honors college, and was also a nominee for the Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
Guentert also participated in the Team's for Toys this holiday season. She helped in the purchasing, donating and wrapping of gifts for needy children during the holiday season.
Guentert is now a candidate for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, as the Big Ten office will honor one male and one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the school year.
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