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Georgetown College's Chris Bartlett and Haley Hart earned the Mid-South Conference Champion of Character awards for men's and women's tennis respectively Thursday night during the league's banquet. Hart was also honored as first-team all-conference, while Jacqueline Otis and Kelly Swanson earned honorable mention. Gustavo Echeverria earned All-MSC honorable mention for the men. Hart, Natalie Hill, Emily Krick and Shelby Eden were named to the women's All-Academic team; while Bartlett and Ryne Least were recognized on the men's side.
Hart and Bartlett, as voted on by the conference athletic directors, were recognized for their commitment to the five core values – respect, integrity, servant leadership, responsibility and sportsmanship.
Hart, a senior, has a 3.5 grade point average, is one of the top players on the women's team. She willingly donates of her time to several organizations such as the Big Brother Big Sister program. In her four years at Georgetown she has been honored with multiple awards, including the character award given to one male and one female athlete for their outstanding display of character on and off the court.
"Haley brings a positive attitude and energetic approach to every minute of life fueled by her strong faith in Christ," said GC coach Jessica Cunningham. "She is very deserving of this honor and it was so awesome to see her get it."
Bartlett, a sophomore, maintains a 3.94 grade point average and is one of the leaders on the men's team. He is connected to such charitable organizations such as North American Food Drive, which collected canned goods to feed 2,000 families this past year.
"It is impossible not to notice Chris' genuine concern for the well-being of others, even his opponents," Cunningham said, "and his eagerness to provide a helping hand in any situation."
Hart went 12-6 this season in doubles and singles, while Otis was 10-6 and Swanson was 15-0 in her freshman year. Echeverria was 5-11 this season.