PEORIA, Ill. – Bradley University will select the 2013 Charles Orsborn Award winner from a trio of finalists during the athletic department’s annual Senior Send Off and Athletic Awards Banquet Monday night at Renaissance Coliseum.
The Charles Orsborn Award is the highest honor Bradley University bestows upon a graduating senior student-athlete and recognizes the ability of the winner to combine athletic and academic success with community service. The three finalists for the 2013 Charles Orsborn Award are men’s tennis player Juan Diego Cuadrado (Almeria, Spain/I.E.S. Alboran School), soccer player Tapiwa Machingauta (Marondera, Zimbabwe/Prince Edward School) and baseball player Mike Tauchman (Palatine, Ill./William Fremd H.S.).
Monday’s ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. with the Senior Send Off program, which is coordinated by the Braves Council to recognize all of the graduating senior student-athletes. The Awards program immediately will follow Senior Send Off, approximately 8 p.m., and, in addition to the Charles Orsborn Award, will include the presentation of the Orville Nothdurft Lifetime Achievement Award, the Carl Grose Community Service Award, the Megan C. Fong Inspiration Award and men's and women's versions of the Coach Joe Stowell Award, as well as the recognition of candidates for the Alumni B-Club Most Outstanding Athlete awards.
Juan Diego Cuadrado | Men’s Tennis
Cuadrado ends his career tied for third in Bradley men’s tennis history with 71 career singles
victories and ninth with 63 career doubles wins, for a combined total of 164 career victories. Playing in the top four singles positions in the Bradley lineup throughout his career, Cuadrado posted two of the program’s top 20 single season win totals in school history following up a 25-12 singles record in 2011-12 with a 21-14 record in 2012-13. Notably, his efforts helped the Braves to three straight winning seasons for the first time since 1987-88-89 and the team’s 43 wins the last three years are the most in a 3-year period since the Braves also won 43 dual matches in 1988-89-90.
A 3-time Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete honoree, earning first-team recognition in 2012 and 2013, Cuadrado enters final exams with a 3.46 cumulative grade point average as an economics major. He has earned a spot on the Bradley Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in each of his six semesters since enrolling at Bradley for the 2010 Spring semester.
Among his community service activities, Cuadrado has volunteered at the Mission homeless shelter in Peoria, while helping to host numerous community tennis events and assisting with the Megan Fong Blood and Bone Marrow Drive the last two years. Most recently, he assisted Watoto Child Care Ministries by serving dinner to a group of African children at Riverside Community Church.
Tapiwa Machingauta | Soccer
Machingauta has been a 4-year starter in the back line for the Bradley Soccer team, helping the Braves to the 2010 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship and consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 2010 and 2011 for the first time in program history. A starter in all 68 games he played in his Bradley career, Machingauta was a second-team NSCAA All-Midwest Region and first-team All-MVC performer during his senior season in 2012. A member of the MVC All-Freshmen Team in 2009, Machingauta battled through leg injuries during the 2010 and 2011 seasons, but came back to play a team-high 1,845 field minutes in 2012.
Machingauta will enter final exams with a 3.00 cumulative grade point average as an accounting major and he has earned a spot on the Bradley Athletic Director’s Honor Roll three times.
Machingauta has volunteered for the Loaves and Fish program at First Methodist Church in downtown Peoria, while also speaking to grade school students at St. Mark’s School and Whittier Primary School about his homeland and the importance of education. He also is a member of Emergination Africa, an organization that connects high school students in Sub-Saharan Africa with college students and professionals in the United States through an e-mentoring program.
Mike Tauchman | Baseball
Tauchman is a two-time All-Missouri Valley Conference performer on the diamond who is enjoying one of the best offensive seasons in school history. A second-team All-MVC pick in 2011 and an honorable mention selection in 2012, he enters this weekend leading The Valley with a .411 batting average, currently the second-best batting average by a Brave since college baseball schedules expanded to 40+ games per season in 1980. He also leads The Valley with a total of 76 runs produced (runs scored, plus runs batted in, minus home runs). Tauchman has reached base safely a school-record 343 times in his career: he shares the school record with 103 career walks, is tied for fourth with 222 base hits and ranks eighth by being hit by 18 pitches.
Sporting a 3.23 cumulative grade point average as a business management and administration major, Tauchman was an honorable mention MVC Scholar-Athlete in 2012 and has earned a spot on the Bradley Athletic Director’s Honor Roll in each of his last six semesters.
Among his community service activities, Tauchman has read to local grade school students and spoken to them about the importance of education. He has also participated in the Megan Fong Blood and Bone Marrow Drive, as well as the Bradley Athletics Student-Athlete Day.
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