FORT MYERS, Fla. – With three Atlantic Sun regular season championships and a third straight CCSA title to its credit during the 2010-11 season, the FGCU athletic department celebrated its stellar campaign last Tuesday night during the annual Senior Send-Off and Awards Ceremony held on campus in the Student Union Ballroom.
Women’s swimming senior Victoria Hyddmark (Lund, Sweden/Polhemskolah) took home the prestigious Eagle Scholar Athlete award, the highest honor FGCU bestows upon a graduating senior student-athlete. The award recognizes the ability of the winner to combine athletic and academic success (minimum 3.20 GPA) with community service.
A four-time Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) honoree, Hyddmark has been part of three straight CCSA champion swimming & diving teams. She owns FGCU records in both the 100 and 200 backstroke and has recorded two NCAA final cut times. Hyddmark placed first in her three individual events as well as four relay teams in her first year of competition at the conference championship en route to being named the Most Outstanding Swimmer, Most Outstanding Freshman and Rookie of the Year honor. She set the CCSA record in the 200 backstroke in her sophomore season and picked up second-place finishes in the 100 back, 200 IM relay and 400 IM relay. In 2010, she placed second in the 100 and 200 back, while making the NCAA ‘B’ cut finals. Closing out her career, Hyddmark took first in both the 100 and 200 back and was part of the first-place 200 IM relay team in 2011.
Graduating with a bachelor’s of science in biotechnology with a double minor in biology and chemistry, Hyddmark has already been accepted to the Ph.D. program at the University of Florida and carries a GPA of 3.98. The three-time CCSA All-Academic honoree presented a genetics study at the FGCU Annual Research Day in 2009 and then again in 2010, with a study on a plant-based diabetes medication. The Sweden native earned a spot on the President’s List (4.0 GPA) four times and earned Who’s Who recognition in 2009. Besides working with Peer tutoring within FGCU, Hyddmark has worked with the American Cancer Society, Koreshan State Historic Site and the Panther Posse Challenge, which taught children about panthers and water conservation.
Four other annual awards were presented to seniors during the rest of the night, including the Most Inspirational Award which was emotionally renamed the Duane Swanson Sr. Inspirational Award. Swanson, who passed away on March 8, was one of the pioneers of FGCU’s quick accent into the Division I ranks, Swanson’s involvement with athletics dated back to 2002 when he met with baseball coach Dave Tollett. After that, Swanson led the charge in building both the baseball and softball complexes, not only donating generously, but also getting many others to follow in his footsteps. Swanson was also consistent donor to the scholarship fund and in 2007 he once again led the charge in building the Outdoor Sports Complex which is home to 11 of 14 FGCU programs. Prior to his passing, Swanson became the first person to ever be presented with an Honorary Letter from the athletic department.
Men’s soccer redshirt senior Adam Glick (Leola, Pa./Conestoga Valley HS) was presented the award after FGCU President Dr. Wilson Bradshaw, Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh and Senior Associate A.D. Butch Perchan presented the Swanson family, including Duane’s wife Cookie, with an honorary plaque. Glick, the reigning A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year, has been relentless in his effort to overcome health obstacles prior to each his three seasons. Battling heat exhaustion, a surgically repaired broken bone and a crippling staph infection in each of the years, respectively, Glick emerged from the complications only to compete at a seemingly higher level. Rejoining the team following a redshirt season, the net-minder posted career numbers in 2010 with a program-best 12 wins, including eight shutouts, to go with a 0.62 goals against average and a .853 save percentage. In just the fourth year of the program, the Leola, Pa. native helped FGCU to a perfect 9-0 A-Sun record, outscoring the opposition 26-2, and brought the first Atlantic Sun regular season championship to campus.
Women’s Soccer senior Anna Jokuty (Calgary, Alberta, Canada/Centennial) heard her name called a pair of times during the night as the winner of the Community Service Award and one of two recipients of A-Sun Academic honors. Jokuty has participated in over 200 hours of community service throughout her tenure at FGCU while playing on the first four teams in women’s soccer history. Along with her teammates, she has participated in community service projects involving the Children’s Hospital, Spring Bling, Salvation Army, on-campus move-in day, and clinics at various clubs. On her own, she gave her time at Southwest Florida Addiction Services, where she assisted in daily activities and therapy for the occupants. She has also volunteered time at the Shady Rest nursing home where she worked on programs for daily living and occupational therapy.
Jokuty even volunteered during summers at home in Canada by working for a non-profit school, Providence Children’s Center, where she helped to paint the entire school. One of the biggest contributions she made in community service was to our academic program, where she contributed 50-60 hours of time tutoring other student-athletes in biology. She currently has a cumulative 3.89 GPA and will be receiving her degree in Community Health. She has been on the Dean’s List once and the President’s List five times. Jokuty has been Academic All-Conference all four years of her FGCU career and received the Atlantic Sun Conference President’s Scholar Award.
Fellow women’s soccer senior Kelli Haemmelmann (St. Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood HS) was also presented with the A-Sun Academic honor. Haemmelmann was a four-year member of the women’s soccer program that won its first A-Sun Championship in the fall, holding a 3.67 GPA as a communications major. She played in 69 of 71 games over her four-year career, including 60 career starts and was a main component of the Eagle backline, helping FGCU post 37 shutouts over her career. Haemmelmann is a four-time All-Atlantic Sun Academic honoree.
Four student-athletes were presented the Carl McAloose Spirit Award, given to a male and female student-athletes who best exemplify Carl McAloose’s spirit and love for FGCU Athletics, as well as dedication to their team and teammates. In essence, the honorees neither ever want to conclude their Eagle careers nor do their coaches, teammates or fans want these spirited competitors and team leaders to conclude their FGCU tenures. Women’s basketball’s Shannon Murphy (Brighton, Mich./Brighton HS) and women’s swimming’s Taylor Cooke (Homosassa, Fla./Lecanto) were the female recipients, while baseball’s Stephen Wickens (Whitby, Ontario/Sinclair Secondary) and Arjun Jani (Sarasota, Fla./Riverview HS) from men’s soccer were the male recipients. Platt was also one of four finalists for the Eagle Scholar Athlete Award.
Murphy played in 124 games, making 103 starts in her four-year career wearing the Blue and Green. A four-time A-Sun All-Academic honoree in the classroom, she also earned A-Sun All-Conference first team honors as a senior and picked up an All-Conference second team selection as a junior. Murphy became the third 1,000-point scorer in program history during the 2010-11 season and finished second all-time with 1,185 points. A multi-talented point guard, she dished out 419 assists and recorded 168 steals as an Eagle, both of which are program records. Murphy’s dominance helped FGCU win a pair of A-Sun regular season championships during her career and make four straight WNIT appearances.
Cooke places on the all-time FGCU Top Performers list in seven different events. She has scored in every event at the conference championship in which she’s ever competed. A four-time CCSA All-Academic honoree, Cooke still holds freshmen records in the 400 and 800 free relays. Cooke is a three-year Eagle Council member, concluding this year as president and completed her undergraduate degree in only three years, finishing in May 2010 with a bachelor’s in human performance and a 3.6 GPA. She is currently working toward her doctorate in physical therapy.
A two-time captain of the women’s basketball, McNally turned her attention to volleyball this fall as a five-year student-athlete. She was a member of the 2006-07 women’s basketball team that was the Division II national runner-up, while participating in the WNIT in each of the team’s first three years in Division I (2007-10). The Howell, Mich., native was a two-time Atlantic Sun All-Conference honoree and also garnered the FGCU Carl McAloose Spirit Award in 2010. McNally is FGCU’s all-time leader in career points (1,415), field goals made (498), free throws made (365), rebounds (658), games played (128) and games started (118). In her fifth year of eligibility as a member of the volleyball team, she finished third on the team in kills (133) and fifth in digs (110).
Wickens has started 192 games over his career at shortstop, helping lead FGCU to three straight A-Sun regular season titles. A quarterfinalist for the Brooke Wallace Shortstop of the Year award in 2010, he earned A-Sun All-Conference honors following his junior campaign and was named to the preseason All-Conference team prior to the start of his senior year. Wicken’s has delivered a hit in 153 of those starts en route to a .322 career batting average. A native of Whitby, Ontario, Wickens ranks third all-time with 249 hits, third in runs scored (171), sixth in doubles (41) and fourth in walks (89). His 92 hits in 2010 are also the second-most in single-season history.
One of the first four-year players in FGCU men’s soccer history, Jani capped his senior campaign in style by helping lead the program to its first-ever A-Sun regular season title. Over his three seasons on the field, Jani helped anchor a Eagle defense that posted 19 shutouts. In 2010, Jani started nine of the 10 games he played in an helped FGCU win a program record 13 contests, including a perfect 9-0 in the A-Sun.
The Eagle Team Spirit Award went to the women’s tennis program. The Eagle Team Spirit Award is awarded to the team that exemplifies Eagle Spirit and team support.
Nominees for the 2010-11 Most Outstanding Female and Male Athlete Awards were also unveiled at the end of the banquet. The winners of this award will be announced at the “Welcome Back Picnic” in August, due to some sports still waiting on postseason awards. All nominees have either earned first team All-Conference or better in their respective sport or, for a few spring sports that have not yet awarded these honors, are individuals whom are believed to be under strong considerations for such accolades.
Baseball: Mikel Alvarez, Zach Maxfield and Javi Sujo
Softball: Catherine McDaniel and Courtney Platt
Men’s Golf: Dan Mazziotta
Women’s Golf: Briana Carlson and Fabienne Haremza
Women’s Basketball: Shannon Murphy
Women’s Swimming & Diving: Danielle Beaubrun, Vicky Cadge, Leah Daniel, Victoria Hyddmark, Karmin McNamara, Myriam Plante and Jessie Porter
Women’s Soccer: Katherine Correllus, Olivia Elias and Stephanie Powers
Men’s Soccer: Adam Glick, Deion Jones, Matthew O’Shaughnessy and Josey Portillo
Success wasn’t the only thing celebrated on Tuesday, as FGCU is now fully through its four-year NCAA Division I transition period and will be fully eligible for postseason play in 2011-12. Through the four-year transition from Division II to Division I, the Eagles have claimed 10 A-Sun titles and three consecutive Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association championships. The baseball program still has several weeks of regular season action left, but is already eligible for postseason action.