Courtesy of Middlebury Sports Information
Christina Puccinelli is a 2019 graduate of Middlebury College and a member of the Panther women’s tennis team. For her work both on the field and in the classroom, the New York City native and Riverdale Country School product garnered numerous athletic and academic honors.
Puccinelli was the team’s captain last season and guided the Panthers to a single-program record 19 wins (19-3) and the program's fourth-consecutive NCAA Semifinal appearance.
Puccinelli graduated with a 3.99 GPA as a mathematics major at Middlebury and was the co-salutatorian of the 2019 graduating class. She was selected as the 2018 NCAA Elite 90 Award winner, presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average participating at the site of the finals for each of the NCAA's championships.
The two-time All-NESCAC honoree concluded this season with a team-high 21 wins (21-4) and a 14-2 mark in No. 3 position. The 2017 All-American wrapped up her career with 11 wins in her last 13 completed matches. Puccinelli finished with an impressive 69-24 record during her career individually as a Panther, ranking ninth in the ITA Northeast Region and 24th nationally.
Puccinelli was a three-time All-NESCAC Academic team honoree and a four-time ITA All-Academic recipient. Following her junior year, she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the country’s oldest honor society for the liberal arts and was also on the College Scholar List every semester of her academic career.
Puccinelli was also selected as the female recipient of Middlebury’s Hazeltine-Klevenow Memorial Trophy, given to a Panther senior who best combines ability in athletics and excellence in scholarship.