Gina Bonante '99
Induction Class of 2012
A native of Yonkers, N.Y., Gina Bonante swam at Binghamton from 1995-99. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1999 and went on to earn her master's degree in sport management from West Virginia in 2000 and her doctorate in higher education from Ball State in 2006.
A three-time All-American in the butterfly, Bonante helped usher in BU's big jump from NCAA Division III to Division II in the late 1990s. She overcame a painful back injury late in her freshman season and was a two-time team MVP.
As a freshman, Bonante won the first of her seven conference titles by capturing the 100 butterfly at the SUNYAC Championship. She added a second place finish in the 200 fly, helping BU earn runner-up team honors.
In her sophomore season, Bonante won three conference crowns the 100 fly, 200 fly and on the 400 medley relay. The team went 6-2 in duals and repeated as SUNYAC runner-up.
As a junior and back in good health for the first time since early in her freshman year, Bonante qualified for the NCAA Championship in November a rare early-season feat. She captured both the 100 fly and 200 fly at the Metro Conference Championship and was runnerup in the 50 free. At the NCAAs in St. Louis, Bonante set a school record in the 100 fly before earning All-America honors with a 10th-place performance in the 200 fly. In that elite race, Bonante shaved nearly one second off her own school record to become just the second-ever BU women's swimmer to become an All-American.
Bonante's senior season was the University's first at the NCAA Division II level and she made it a memorable one. After rolling to a 9-3 dual meet mark, the Bonante-captained squad won the Metro team championship the program's first-ever conference title. She won the 100 fly and 200 fly in school-record times and was named the meet's Most Outstanding Swimmer. At the NCAA Division II Championship in Buffalo, Bonante placed 10th in the 200 fly and 13th in the 100 fly to earn All-America distinction in both events.
In all, Bonante won seven individual conference titles and graduated holding six school records. An active student who was also involved in mentoring, athletics communications and student-athlete welfare, she was selected as the Senior Merit Award recipient in 1999.
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