Tess Trinka '18 Honored at Arthur Ashe Awards Weekend

Photo courtesy of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association
Photo courtesy of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association

FOREST HILLS, N.Y. – Recent Bowdoin graduate Tess Trinka '18 was honored last weekend at the Arthur Ashe Award Weekend prior to the start of the U.S. Open.

One of the finest women's tennis players in school history, Trinka was recognized for her work off the court when she received the Division III ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award last spring at the NCAA Championships. As the Division III women's tennis honoree, she was invited to take part in the Ashe Awards Weekend at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills last weekend.

As part of the weekend, Trinka volunteered at a Kid's Play Day, participated in an exhibition doubles tournament and was recognized in an awards ceremony for all of last year's recipients.  

A multiple-time All-American, Trinka graduated with a degree in Biology with a minor in Music in May. She was a Sarah & James Bowdoin Scholar, a two-time captain of the tennis team, a Head Proctor for Residential Life and a member of a cappella group Ursus Verses. Additionally Trinka participated in numerous volunteer activities, including helping to organize a tennis tournament in Chicago (Mary Diaz and William Copeland, Jr. Memorial Tournament) which raised over $600,000 for the Mary Diaz Pancreatic Cancer Fund.

Last spring she was also awarded the College's Michael Francis Micchiche III Award, given annually to that individual who embodies the entire Bowdoin experience; who engages the College community, achieves academic excellence, and earns the respect of his or her peers and professors. She was also the recipient of the Athletic Department's Anne L.E. Dane Award For Outstanding Leadership.