Christine Mwaturura, Trinity College

Christine Mwaturura, the 2009 recipient of Trinity College’s Susan E. Martin Award as its top senior female scholar athlete, took full advantage of her trip across the Atlantic Ocean and into the Northern Hemisphere, when she arrived in Hartford from her native Zimbabwe in the fall of 2005.

Mwaturura achieved faculty honors in every semester at Trinity, and finished with a 3.9 g.p.a. as an economics major. Fluent in English and Shona and even able to hold a conversation in Mandarin Chinese, Mwaturura served as a residential assistant, an A.V. Davis Fellow, and as the founder and chair of the International Students’ Services Association during her collegiate years.

On the field hockey turf, Mwatarura garnered earned numerous league, regional and national honors for her exceptional play as both a defender and a midfielder. She was also selected as a NESCAC All-Academic and an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District and Academic All-American selection. Capping off an impressive senior season, Mwaturura was one of just two NCAA Division III field hockey players and the only NESCAC athlete to be awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for the fall of 2008.

Mwaturura is clearly one of the best all-around players in the impressive history of Trinity field hockey. Her two-goal performance in a victory that snapped Bowdoin’s 31-game winning streak and its 39-game winning streak at home, ranks as one of the most brilliant individual performances in the sport.