WMU News

Tennis standout earns engineering award

Feb. 14, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Fernando Garcia, a WMU senior and member of the men's tennis team, has earned the Robert E. Boughner Engineering Student-Athlete award. The award is given each year to the senior WMU student-athlete with the highest GPA in the engineering field.

Garcia is currently tied for 16th on the all-time win list in WMU history (138). A two-time first team all-conference selection, Garcia has averaged 38 wins over his first three seasons at Western Michigan. As a freshman, Garcia tied the school record for singles victories with 34. He has won at least 40 matches in two of his three seasons with the Broncos. Western Michigan is currently the two-time defending MAC champions, and went to the NCAA tournament in 1999.

A two-time member of the All-MAC academic team, Garcia maintains a 3.63 GPA in electrical engineering.

The award is named in honor of Robert Boughner, who formerly served as associate dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He was also a member of the athletic board of control. Mr. Boughner retired in 1992, and this award is an endowment created by his friends and colleagues to recognize an outstanding engineering student-athlete.

An awards presentation will take place at halftime of the men's basketball game versus Kent State this evening (Feb. 14). The game begins at 7 p.m.

Media contact: Travis McCurdy, 616 387-3221, travis.mccurdy@wmich.edu

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