Award Time for Gator Sports

The University of Florida's athletic program participated in a number of events this weekend. During their competitions, male and female student athletes put forth their best efforts to lead their respective teams to victory and to earn recognition for their talented displays. Although there were some disappointments, the Gators emerged victorious from a few sporting events this weekend.

This Sunday in Gainesville, the Kentucky Wildcats won their second consecutive series against Florida. Kentucky overcame the second ranked Florida Gators in the sixth inning when they put four runs on the scoreboard. Kentucky finished Florida off 5-1 to take the series. Despite the loss, junior Kelsey Horton (Valrico, Fla.) helped Florida offensively by going 2-for-3 at the plate. She was one of six Gators to get a hit in the contest, giving Florida seven hits overall.

On Saturday, Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) stood out with her potent offensive performance. The senior went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI on the day. During the game, Moultrie crushed her 10th homerun of the season. Moultrie's production on Senior Day led the Gators to a 5-0 win over the Wildcats.

The Gators will have some time off this week before traveling to face No. 3/4 Alabama for their series on May 4-6. The game will likely decide which team will be this year's SEC Champion. After the series, Florida will remain in Alabama for the 2012 SEC Tournament.

At the Drake Relays on Friday, sophomore Stipe Zunic (Zadar, Croatia) earned his fifth straight javelin title. Zunic's throw of 74.61m/244-9 was a big improvement from his performance of 61.65m/202-3 at the event last year. The Gator men had a similar showing in the 4x400-meter relay, where they finished first with a time of 3:08.80. The women also performed well in the 4x400-meter event by placing second with a time of 3:37.70.

After their outstanding display of athleticism last weekend, the members of the Florida men's 4x100-meter relay team took home SEC Athlete of the Week honors on Tuesday. The members of the relay team are Jeff Demps (Winter Garden, Fla.), Tony McQuay (Riviera Beach, Fla.), Leonardo Seymore, (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), and Dedric Dukes (Miami, Fla.) Junior thrower Jeremy Postin (Auburndale, Fla.) also earned the Southeastern Conference Athlete of the Week award, with his throw of 68.07m/223-4.

On Monday, junior lacrosse player Gabi Wiegand (Bay Shore, NY) earned the National Player of the Week title. Wiegand helped propel the Gators over No. 1 Northwestern. Wiegand scored four points and the game-winning goal last Saturday for Florida.

In addition to Wiegand's recognition on Monday, Florida earned three ALC honors on Wednesday. Weigand was named the ALC Offensive Player of the Week, Sam Farrell (Millersville, Md.) claimed the ALC Defensive Player of the Week award, and Nora Barry (Marcellus, NY) earned the ALC Rookie of the Week honor. Florida became the first team to ever win all three of these awards in the same week. Barry was also named the National Rookie of the Week.

Despite the numerous awards, the Gators were not done. Juniors Kitty Cullen (Rockville, Md.) and Brittany Dashiell (Bel Air, Md.) were nominated for the Tewaaraton Award. The award is typically thought of as the most prestigious individual lacrosse award. Cullen and Dashiell are just two of the 25 players nominated for the award.

Florida will return home to Donald R. Dizney Stadium on May 3-5 for the ALC Tournament. As the No.1 seed, the Gators have a first round bye and will return to action at 7 p.m. on May 4 when they will face the winner of the fourth and fifth seeded teams.

The Gator women's tennis team was also recognized this week. Six Florida tennis players were named to the All-SEC Team. The most significant honor that the Gators received was when Lauren Embree (Marco Island, Fla.) was named SEC Player of the Year. Embree, who also won the title as a freshman, became the second player to receive the award twice in a career. Embree's 10-0 record in SEC singles play and 18-2 record overall allowed her to gain the honor.

For the Florida men's tennis team, Tripper Carleton, Nassim Slilam, and Bob van Overbeek were named members of the All-SEC Second Team. Having three honorees was not unusual for the Gators, as Florida has had multiple All-SEC players every year since 1999. The Gators are currently waiting to hear their NCAA Tournament fate on May 1.

As student athletes, Gator players are focused on more than winning. It was announced on Wednesday that 48 University of Florida student athletes earned spots on the 2012 Southeastern Conference Winter Academic Honor Roll. Florida tied with Alabama and South Carolina for the most academic honorees.

Florida's SEC Winter Academic Roll

Men's Basketball

Will Yeguete (Political Science)
Patric Young (Telecommunications)

Women's Basketball

Lanita Bartley (Sociology)
Jordan Jones (Sport Management)
Lily Svete(Biology Pre-Professional & Psychology)


Mackenzie Caquatto (Education)
Nicole Ellis (Exercise Physiology)
Amy Ferguson (Marketing)
Alaina Johnson (Sociology)
Marissa King (Geography)
Dali Lemezan (Sociology)
Elizabeth Mahlich (Health Education & Behavior)
Lauren Rose (Biology)
Randy Stageberg (Family, Youth & Community Sciences)

Men's Swimming

Marcin Cieslak (Business Administration)
Rodion Davelaar (Industrial & Systems Engineering)
Bradley deBorde (Industrial & Systems Engineering)
Levar Goosen (Electrical Engineering)
Brian Howell (Biotechnology)
Gabriel Huen (International Business )
Jonathan Jordan (Zoology)
Cameron Martin (Zoology)
Sebastien Rousseau (Sport Management)
Connor Signorin (Environmental GeoScience)
James Turner (Geology)

Men's Diving

Christopher Jones (Graphic Design)
Mike Lewark (Family, Youth & Community Sciences)
David Springfels (Nuclear Engineering)

Women's Swimming

Angelina Ballatore (Telecommunications)
Sarah Bateman (Geology)
Elizabeth Beisel (Telecommunications)
Jamie Bohunicky (Women's Studies)
Teresa Crippen (Sport Management)
Kaitlin Frehling (Telecommunications)
Nelle Glasser (Geology)
Sarra Lajnef (Political Science)
Hilda Luthersdottir (Zoology)
Alicia Mathieu (Sport Management)
Sharla Milne (Health Education & Behavior)
Julia Nagy (Accounting)
Anna-Liisa Pold (Criminology)
Patricia Regan (Health Education & Behavior)
Corinne Showalter (Health Education & Behavior)
Kirsten Smith (Health Education & Behavior)
Julia Treible (Psychology)
Ellese Zaleswski (International Business)

Women's Diving

Kaylee Doback (Health Education & Behavior)
Danielle Risley (Psychology)

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