As a senior on the University of Florida Women’s tennis team, Caroline Hitimana has been a contributor to the Gators recent success. In 2011, together with Alexandra Cercone, Hitimana clinched the point to claim the NCAA title for the Gators.
That same year in singles play, she clinched the SEC title for UF defeating Georgia’s Georgia’s Alina Jerjomina in three sets. Hitimana won 17 matches in a row on her way to a 21-4 overall record her junior year. One of the reasons she came to Florida was to win titles.
“When I came here, I came to win national championships,” Hitimana said. “I came here to make friends too and improve my tennis and then I ended up coming here and got more than I expected.”
Hitimana arrived at the University of Florida from Belgium in the fall of 2009, enrolling as a finance major. Hitimana is the first player from Belgium to suit up for the Orange and Blue, but it was not an easy transition at first to the United States.
“I was leaving home, my family and friends. My freshman year was up and down, but I met so many people here, so many nice people, that were so welcoming, that made it so much easier,” said Hitimana.
The Belgian native helped bring home a title for her team, became the 44th Gator to win over one hundred combined singles and doubles matches and made the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2011 and 2012. Now in her senior season, Htimana is one of the leaders of the team along with the other senior on the team, Lauren Embree.