July 5, 2005
Longest winning streak, fastest time in the nation, best mark in school history ... records were indeed set during the 2004-05 athletic season at Florida State. But the success was not limited to the playing arena as the Seminoles also set high marks in the classroom.
Florida State had three student-athletes garner National Academic All-American honors in 2005 when softball junior Natasha Jacob and track and field sophomores Garrett Johnson and Tom Lancashire earned second team status. It marked the first time since 1970 that three FSU student-athletes earned the honor in the same season.
"What an honor it is for these three student-athletes to be recognized nationally for their academic accomplishments," Director of Athletic Academic Support, Mark Meleney said. "Their athletic statistics are impressive enough, but when you look at their college transcripts and see the amazing grade point averages they have maintained while competing at the highest level of intercollegiate sports, you realize just how special these Seminoles truly are."
Overall, FSU student-athletes, representing five sports, have been named National Academic All-Americans 26 times since 1970. Prior to this season, the last Seminole to earn the honor was softball's Brandi Stuart in 2001.
"It isn't surprising to see Natasha, Garrett, and Tom's names on the Seminoles' all-time list of National Academic All-Americans," Associate Director and Coordinator of all Academic Honors and Awards, Amy Lord, said. "In fact, some of the most decorated athletes in Seminole history were Academic All-Americans and after 10 years of working with academic honors and awards, I am convinced that the skills it takes to be successful on the playing fields are the same skills which make you successful in the classroom; but balance is the key. This year, Natasha Jacob, Garrett Johnson, and Tom Lancashire have excelled at balancing a demanding athletic schedule with a rigorous academic course load."
In addition to the national honors, Florida State also had three District Academic All America winners in 2005 with women's basketball's Ganiyat Adeduntan, baseball's Aaron Cheesman and swimming and diving's Emily Breen.
Cheesman was also one of three Seminoles who received the ACC's Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship. He is joined by soccer's Jezali Ratliff and women's tennis' Mihaela Moldovan. Over the years, a total of 24 Florida State student-athletes have been bestowed this award.
At the conclusion of the 2004-05 school year, five of Florida State's athletic teams had a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average. In the spring 2005 semester, 177 Seminoles achieved a minimum 3.0 semester GPA while average team semester GPA was a 2.813.
The ACC Academic Honor Roll will be released later this summer and FSU officials are once again expecting a large number of Seminoles to be among those recognized.
FSU'S ALL-TIME NATIONAL ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS:
Baseball 1970 Carl Gromek Baseball 1970 Greg Gromek Baseball 1970 Dick Nichols Baseball 1971 Greg Gromek Football 1972 Gary Huff Baseball 1975 Danny O'Brien Football 1979 William Jones Football 1979 Phil Williams Football 1980 William Jones Football 1981 Rohn Stark Football 1985 Martin Mayhew Women's At-Large 1985 Wendy Markham Baseball 1989 Gar Finnvold Football 1989 Dave Roberts Volleyball 1992 Sherry Cowling Football 1993 Ken Alexander Football 1993 Derrick Brooks Football 1994 Derrick Brooks Football 1996 Daryl Bush Football 1997 Daryl Bush Baseball 1999 Matthew Diaz Football 2000 Chris Hope Softball 2001 Brandi Stuart Softball 2005 Natasha Jacob Track & Field 2005 Garrett Johnson Track & Field 2005 Tom Lancashire
FSU'S ALL-TIME ACC POSTGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS: Marie James Award Kelly Pittman 1993 W. Golf
Weaver James Award Kenneth Alexander 1994 Football Christy Derlak 1994 W. Basketball Derrick Brooks 1995 Football Tiffany Faucette 1995 W. Golf Anthony Sasso 1996 M. Track
Weaver James Corrigan Award Casey Custer 1997 W. Track Daryl Bush 1998 Football Reid Montini 1998 M. Cross Country Stacy Venable 1999 Softball Kia Asberg 2000 W. Tennis Kristen Adams 2001 W. Swimming Brooke Wyckoff 2001 W. Basketball Christian Bland 2002 M. Track Alida Gallovits 2002 W. Tennis Brandi Stuart 2003 Softball Gary Visser 2003 M. Track Matt Lynch 2003 Baseball Anca Dumitrescu 2004 W. Tennis Michael Paulus 2004 M. Swimming Tonya Rasor 2004 W. Swimming Aaron Cheesman 2005 Baseball Mihaela Moldovan 2005 W. Tennis Jezali Ratliff 2005 W. Soccer