Senior Nina Sengl, of Puchheim, Germany, a four-year standout for Goldey-Beacom College’s women’s tennis team, recently was named College Sports Information Directors of America third team Academic All-America.
Sengl, a Pike Creek campus student-athlete, adds another award in becoming the second Academic All-America in school history. Patrick McRae from men’s golf in 2015 was the first, also gaining third-team status in the at-large category.
Sengl, a three-time member of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Academic Honor Roll, was tabbed second team all-league last fall. She also won the 2015-16 CACC Top XV Award for having the best GPA among those participating in the league championship.
Sengl was tabbed the conference’s Student-Athlete of the Month last September for her overall role in athletics, academics and community service.
Sengl also will be remembered for her play on the court. In helping the Lightning reach new heights, she graduates tied for second in school history with 48 singles wins and fourth with 47 doubles triumphs.
Her 17-0 singles mark this year puts her tied for second on the school’s single-season list. Her 14 doubles triumphs with senior Francesca Beg, of Westbury, England, a duo which ended ranked eighth in the East Region according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, has them tied for fourth in team annals.
During the 2014-15 season, the squad became the first in school history in any sport to record a head-to-head NCAA Tournament win and posted a school-record 18 victories.The Lightning ended 31st in the country that year, with Sengl amassing 14 doubles wins and eight singles triumphs.
The 2016-17 squad recorded the first CACC title in school history with a 5-1 triumph over Post and clinched its sixth trip to the NCAA Tournament. Sengl went 4-0 in her matches en route to the league crown and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Among its 14 victories this season that are tied for second in school history include Goldey-Beacom upending Southern New Hampshire, 5-1, for its second NCAA Tournament win.
Before winning this, Sengl was the third Goldey-Beacom student-athlete this academic year to be tabbed CoSIDA Academic All-District.
That work in community service took her down many avenues. As a member of the school’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, twice she has partaken in Adopt-a-Family to help solicit gift cards, assorted food items and Goldey-Beacom Athletics gear for families in Wilmington.
Sengl also helped with “Bras for the Cause,” the department’s collection of bras to go with raising money and awareness of breast cancer in October 2015. That work helped the college become a finalist for the NCAA Division II Award of Excellence. She also helped her teammates in Tennithon, working with roughly 65 junior players over five hours with various parts of their game.