To say that the Mexican players who have competed for Washington College have had a profound impact on establishing the college’s tennis history would be an understatement. Like her predecessors, Anabel Flores played a major role in furthering that tradition.
Between 1995 and 1998, Anabel dominated the Centennial Conference. She has the distinction of being the only female player to win the conference singles championship and also its doubles crown. She captured the doubles title in 1996 and was the singles champion in 1997. That same year she was named Centennial Conference Player of the Year. This selection was significant in that she is the only player in the history of the conference to be so honored from a team with a losing record. Furthermore, she was the first player in Centennial Conference history to be selected first team all-conference in singles all four years.
While her conference accomplishments were remarkable, Anabel’s achievements at the national level were even more outstanding. She qualified for the NCAA Division III national tournament three out of four years in singles and two times in doubles.
In 1997, she partnered with fellow countrywoman Paulina Sierra to reach the semifinals at that year’s national tournament. As a semifinalist and with a final national ranking of fifth, Anabel became the fourth woman tennis player to become an All-American at Washington College.
During the four years Anabel played for the Shorewomen, she literally carried her team on her back. While her team struggled with a 26-37 record, Anabel was phenomenal, registering a 53-19 record in singles with a national ranking of 13th. Her doubles record was 50-16.
Completing her collegiate resume, Anabel was named her team’s Most Valuable Player all four years and team captain her junior and senior years and, at graduation, received the Eldridge Eliason award. A Dean’s List student, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration with a minor in psychology. In 2000, Anabel obtained her MBA from George Washington University.
Anabel currently runs a cultural immersion program in Puebla, Mexico, which offers a variety of programs including Spanish and tennis. She also promotes a program for high schoolers to help them find athletic scholarships in the United States. The competitive tennis program brings young players to tournaments in both Mexico and the United States.
Washington College considers it an honor and a privilege to induct Anabel Flores into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this 30th day of October, 2010.