IMG Academy alumnus Nicole Bartnik, class of 2009, capped on another impressive season with Columbia University, helping her team to a 6-1 conference record and claim a share of the Ivy League Conference Championship for the first time in program history. For her efforts, she was named as the Ivy League Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. Bartnik is a native of Bradenton, Fla., and during her time on campus, she was named the 2009 IMG Academy Student of the Year and reached a career-high ranking of No. 86 ITF.
From the Columbia University Athletics:
"PRINCETON, N.J. – Columbia’s top women’s tennis player, senior Nicole Bartnik, was unanimously selected as the Ivy League Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, as announced by the conference office Thursday, May 2.
Bartnik become just the third student-athlete to be selected as the Ivy League Women’s Tennis Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons, joining Cornell’s Olga Itskhoki (1995-96) and Penn’s Alice Pirsu (2002-03). Bartnik was also selected Wednesday evening as the Ivy League automatic qualifier into the 2013 NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championship which are set to be held in Urbana, Ill. from May 22-27.
Bartnik also picked up her third All-Ivy League first team nod, becoming just the 11th player in Ivy League history to earn that distinction. Joining Bartnik on the first team was junior Bianca Sanon, making her second appearance on an All-Ivy League team. On the doubles side, Sanon and first-year Kanika Vaidya were one of three unanimous selections to the All-Ivy League first team.
Vaidya picked up second team All-Ivy League accolades for her singles play, while Bartnik and Crystal Leung garnered second team doubles honors.
Led by Bartnik, the 64th-ranked player in the nation, the Lions earned a share of their first Ivy League championship in program history this season, going 6-1 in the conference. The Bradenton, Fla. native, provided an exemplary lead to follow, going 6-0 in the conference this season. Over the final two years of her career, Bartnik went 13-0 against Ancient Eight foes. In total, Bartnik went 17-10 in singles action this year, with wins over a pair of top-20 opponents.
Sanon proved to be just as integral to Columbia’s success this season, going 9-2 as the Lions’ No. 2 and 6-1 against conference foes. She posted an overall record of 23-9 dating back to the fall.
The Plantation, Fla. native also makes her second appearance on the doubles All-Ivy League squad, moving up from the second team to first team this year. Sanon and Vaidya finished the season ranked 39th in the nation after going 9-1 as the Lions’ top doubles tandem. The duo went 4-1 in conference action and also knocked off three ranked opponents this spring. Sanon and Vaidya will also represent the Ivy League at the 2013 NCAA Women's Tennis Doubles Championships after receiving the conference's automatic bid to the tournament. That event will run in conjunction with the singles championship from May 22-27 in Urbana, Ill.
In her first year in Morningside Heights, Vaidya compiled the most wins on the team, racking up 29 victories against just five losses. The Singapore native clinched wins in 6-of-7 Ivy League matches and went 13-2 during the dual season.
Bartnik and Leung finished the year tied for a team-best 13 doubles victories, going 7-2 as the No. 2 team. The pair posted a 4-1 Ivy League mark and a 9-3 record during the spring dual season."