OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. (May 20, 2014) - Junior Sara Burinato (Barcelona, Spain) of the NYIT women's tennis team was recognized for her achievements on the court and in the classroom as she was named a CoSIDA At-Large Academic All-District I First Team selection.
She advances to the Capital One Academic All-America ballot. All-America teams will be announced on Wednesday, June 4.
Burinato led the 11th-ranked Bears to their first-ever NCAA Quarterfinal appearance, a second straight NCAA Round of 16 appearance and an East Coast Conference Championship with a 22-9 overall singles record and a 26-8 overall doubles mark, all while compiling a 3.41 grade-point average as a mechanical engineering major.
Playing mostly at the No. 1 spot, she went 18-8 in dual singles play including a perfect 6-0 in conference play. For her efforts, she climbed as high as No. 21 nationally. In doubles action, she went 23-7 in dual play, mostly at the No. 2 spot. Burinato was the 2013 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) East Region runner-up as she fell to former teammate Celia Respaut (Saint Denis, France) in the championship match. She is the only Bear to appear in three-straight ITA East Region championships matches and won the title as a rookie in 2011.
Burinato is a three-time All-ECC first team selection, has been named to the NYIT Athletic Director's Honor Roll and the All-ECC Academic team.
To be eligible for CoSIDA Academic Team honors, student-athletes must have at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and have competed in at least 50% of the team's contests. No student-athlete is eligible until he/she has completed one full calendar year at his/her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility.
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