Fifth Annual Hillmyer-Tremont Academic Luncheon Honors 62 Scholar-Athletes
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 | by Sara Roberts (@Srob__)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Under the umbrella of the FGCU Athletics Life Skills Program, the Fifth Annual Hillmyer-Tremont Foundation Academic Honors Luncheon was held on Wednesday, Feb. 26 in the Cohen Center Ballroom on the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University.

With a program that included FGCU President Dr. Wilson Bradshaw, student-athletes honored at the luncheon achieved a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher and have attended FGCU for a minimum of two semesters. Among the 62 honorees at this year’s event, 16 student-athletes earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during the fall 2013 semester, an improvement from the 42 in attendance at last year’s event, 12 of whom earned a perfect 4.0 GPA during the fall 2012 semester.  Twenty-one of the honorees were also recognized in 2013.

“We are extremely proud of our student-athletes for the terrific effort they continue to put forth in the classroom while undertaking the demands of a Division-I schedule,” said Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh. “Their devotion to succeeding in the classroom, in athletic competitions and in the community is a source of pride for not only the department but for the entire University.”

Highlighting the program was Athletic Academic Director Brian Boveington’s presentation of team awards, recognizing those that continue to reach new levels of excellence, not only on an individual basis, but collectively as a group.

The award for the Most Improved Team GPA went to women’s soccer and the Most Improved Individual Sport GPA was awarded to men’s cross country. The women’s soccer team was also honored with the Highest Team Sport GPA of 3.58 for the fall semester, while the Highest Individual Sport GPA went to women’s golf with a 3.8, the highest term GPA in FGCU history.

Sam and Carol Crimaldi were  bestowed the Special Recognition Award, presented annually to an those who have distinguished him or herself by providing a superior level of service and support to student-athletes at FGCU in their pursuit of academic and athletic success. 

The Crimaldis were specifically honored for their generosity in serving FGCU and the Southwest Florida community for over four decades through the gift of their time, talents and treasury, setting a tremendous example for FGCU student-athletes. Bestowing their emotional and financial assistance within the community, the Crimaldis contributions have ranged from the establishment of the Hillmyer-Tremont Foundation Scholarship to numerous student-athletes benefitting from their continued generous contributions to the Eagles.

The Hillmyer-Tremont Foundation recognizes student-athletes from Lee, Collier, or Charlotte County attending FGCU. It is named after Monk Hillmyer, founder of US Homes Lennar in Southwest Florida and Elmer Tremont, Hall of Fame basketball coach in Lee County. It’s the second Scholarship endowment, and was established in 2001.

The Florida Gulf Coast University Department of Athletics Life Skills Program was developed to provide a comprehensive program designed to reach each student-athlete based on his or her own individual needs. The focus of the program is holistic in nature—addressing the needs of the whole person; athletically, academically, personally, and emotionally.

The Life Skills Program is based on the premise that the same qualities and skills necessary for an athlete to attain a level of competitiveness in athletics can be applied to “real world” situations after college. The program’s goals focus on supporting efforts of every student-athlete toward intellectual development and graduation, using athletics as preparation for success in life, meeting the changing needs of student-athletes, assisting student-athletes in building positive self-esteem, and promoting ownership by the student-athletes of their academic, athletic, personal, and social responsibilities. Additionally, the program seeks to encourage the development of leadership skills, enable student-athletes to make meaningful contributions to their communities and promote respect for diversity among student-athletes.

The following are highlights and benchmarks achieved by each team in the fall semester:

Baseball – Has earned a 3.0 GPA or higher in five straight terms; 10 out of 13 FTIC student-athletes earned a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Men’s Basketball – Second highest overall GPA recorded in thirteen semesters with a 2.88. 

Men’s Cross Country – Made term improvement of .45 from spring 2013 to fall 2013; Highest term GPA in team history with a 3.41; 11 out of 14 student-athletes earned a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Men’s Golf - Highest overall GPA in team history with a 3.14.

Men’s Soccer – Second highest overall GPA in team history with a 3.12.

Men’s Tennis – Increased its semester GPA from the spring of 2013 to the fall of 2013 by .31 for a 3.36.

Women’s Basketball – 11 out of 15 student-athletes earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher for the fall term; including three 4.0 GPA’s; highest overall team sport GPA with a 3.59.

Women’s Cross Country – Recorded the highest term GPA in seven semesters with a 3.5 GPA; earned the highest overall GPA in six semesters with a 3.32 GPA.

Women’s Golf – Earned the highest term GPA in FGCU history with a 3.8; out of the possible 37 total grades, 86% were “A-“  or better;  5 out of 8 student-athletes earned a 4.0 GPA.

Women’s Soccer – Recorded the highest term and overall GPA in ten semesters, with a 3.58 and 3.54, respectively; earned the highest team sport GPA for the term with a 3.58; 21 out of the 24 student-athletes earned a 3.0 GPA or higher, 15 earned a 3.5 GPA or higher and five earned a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Softball – Highest term GPA recorded in thirteen semesters with a 3.51; second highest overall GPA earned in thirteen semesters with a 3.42; 19 out of 20 student-athletes earned a 3.0 GPA or higher.  

Swimming and Diving – 29 out of 35 student-athletes earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the fall term; 17 student-athletes with a 3.5 or higher GPA, including three 4.0 GPA’s.

Women’s Tennis – Each student-athlete on the team has an overall GPA greater than 3.0.

Volleyball – 12 out of 15 student-athletes earned a 3.0 GPA or higher; 7 student-athletes earned a 3.5 GPA or higher, including one 4.0 GPA.


Baseball (1)
Michael Suchy

Women’s Basketball (8)
Jenna Cobb
Dytiesha Dunson
Taylor Gradinjan
Stephanie Haas
Sarah Hansen#
Chelsey Hanson
Amanda Moore*
Bethany Murrell*

Men’s Cross Country (1)
Emery Ramaswami

Women’s Cross Country (2)
Courtney Corradetti
Kelsey English

Women’s Golf (6)
Sara Detlefsen*
Chelsea Guoynes
Georgia Price
Mei Khuan Yong*
Megan VanEtten*#
Rebecca VanEtten*

Men’s Soccer(3)
Sebastian Arbelaez*
David  Robledo
Steven Oliveri

Women’s Soccer (8)
Emma Blackwell
Brittany Brown
Emily Dolan*
Danielle Leroy#
Julia Roddar
Shea Rhoney
Casey  Towne*#
Shannen Wacker#

Softball (7)
Kirsten Bembnowski*
Kelsey Carpenter#
Hannah Horwath
Regan Knapik#
Shelby Morgan#
Jaclyn Owen
Alexis Ross

Swimming and Diving (9)
Lani R. Cabrera
Sara Hamilton
Charlotte Molenda#
Jessica Porter#
Natalie Rochette#
Blaine Small#
Emma Svensson*#
Christina Tanninen#
Ellen Vann

Men’s Tennis (4)
Gabriel Echeverry#
Lance Lvovsky#
Christopher Perrigan
Jordi Vives

Women’s Tennis (4)
Bettina Botha#
Elizabeth Means
Sarah Means#
Johanna Sterkel

Volleyball (7)
Natalie Feathers*
Kathryn Gutmann
Karina Mambuca*#
Whitney Masters#
Gigi Meyer#
Ashley Noble#
Christine Pinder

Cheerleading (2)
Jade Quintier
Emily Hawkins

* - Indicates 4.0 Fall 2013 Semester GPA   # - represents 2013 honoree