VIDEO: Florida Tech Honors Sports Teams, Names Athletes of the Year During Annual Award Banquet
By Daniel Supraner, Florida Tech Sports // April 18, 2017
MODICA, FURTADO ARE ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
ABOVE VIDEO: Alan Zlotorzynski interviews the 2017 National Champion Panther’s men’s 200 meter relay swimming team of Filip Dujmic, Victor Rocha Furtado, Matthew Gallene and Nir Barnea following the 2016-17 Athletic Awards Banquet. Futado also collected the Male Athlete of the Year award.
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech held its annual Athletic Awards Banquet on Monday evening at the Clemente Center.
TOP ATHLETES, TOP SCHOLAR ATHLETES
Women’s lacrosse’s Allie Modica brought home Women’s Athlete of the Year, while men’s swimming’s Victor Rocha Furtado garnered the men’s Athlete of the Year accolade.
Throughout Monday’s event, FIT President and CEO Dr. T. Dwayne McCary and Athletics Director Bill Jurgens handed out a vast array of awards to recognize all the excellent achievements reached by FIT’s 22 sports teams and cheerleading.
There were two recipients of the Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award this year, with Manny Abad of football and Daniel Schultz of men’s cross country sharing the honor.
Earning Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year was Jenna Schaffer of the volleyball team.
The Andy Seminick Sportsmanship Award went men’s track and field’s Terence Brookins.
Softball player Audrey Gangloff was honored with the Martha Work Sportsmanship Award.
ABOVE VIDEO: Alan Zlotoryznski of Space Coast Daily interviews Women’s lacrosse’s Allie Modica, who won the 2016-17 Feamle Athlete of the Year award.
COMEBACK PLAYER, A.D. LEADERSHIP AWARD & MALE, FEMALE TOP GPA TEAMS
Women’s soccer’s Aubri Williamson and baseball’s Reid Neal were the recipients of this year’s Comeback Player of the Year honors.
The Athletic Director’s Leadership Award was claimed by Student Athlete Advisory Committee president Robert Booth of the men’s basketball team.
The men’s cross country team was awarded the Male Team GPA Award for the fifth year in a row, posting the highest cumulative GPA among FIT’s men’s sports through the fall 2016 semester at 3.576.
For the sixth straight year, the women’s tennis team had the highest cumulative GPA among FIT’s women’s sports at 3.535.
INDIVIDUAL SPORTS ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
In addition to the overall awards that were presented for Athlete of the Year, a member of each team was recognized as being an Athlete of the Year for their sport.
Earning the honor from the men’s sports were Drew Beyer (Baseball), Shanren Brienen (Men’s Golf), Aria Canadell (Men’s Tennis), Kevin Coyle (Men’s Rowing), Sam Daniel (Men’s Basketball), Victor Rocha Furtado (Men’s Swimming), Kenny Johnston (Football), Tucker Melles (Men’s Cross Country), Joshua Norville (Men’s Track and Field), Sam Sawyer (Men’s Soccer) and Nick Wynne (Men’s Lacrosse).
Receiving female Athlete of the Year on behalf of their sport were Eva Banton (Women’s Soccer), Maia Carter (Women’s Track and Field), Lauren Carvajal (Women’s Swimming), Marina DeBiasi (Women’s Cross Country), Olivia Hersey (Volleyball), Brittany LaPadula (Women’s Golf), Allie Modica (Women’s Lacrosse), Federica Pala (Women’s Rowing), Marina Rogers (Cheerleading), Alexus Smith (Softball), Lauren Stuckey (Women’s Tennis) and DeLise Williams (Women’s Basketball).
A member of each team was also presented with a Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.
Earning the honor from the men’s sports were Manny Abad (Football), Harry Craik (Men’s Basketball), Jonas Kugel (Men’s Golf), Brandon Ledene (Men’s Soccer), Kristjan Markovc (Men’s Rowing), Tucker Melles (Men’s Track and Field), Reid Neal (Baseball), Daniel Schultz (Men’s Cross Country), Ivan Shapovalov (Men’s Tennis), Thomas Steenberg (Men’s Swimming) and Austen Zugelter (Men’s Lacrosse).
Receiving Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year on behalf of their sport were Jennifer Agbonlahor (Cheerleading), Marina DeBiasi (Women’s Track and Field), Kayla Hergott (Women’s Tennis), Sam Martinez (Women’s Rowing), Julie McCarthy (Women’s Basketball), Allie Modica (Women’s Lacrosse), Ciera Misner (Women’s Soccer), Rachel Pence (Softball), Guro Rambjoer (Women’s Golf), Neta Saar (Women’s Swimming), Amanda Sava (Women’s Cross Country) and Jenna Schaffer (Volleyball).
The women’s soccer team won the 2016-17 Panther Cup, which is a points-based competition among 22 of FIT’s varsity teams.
It is designed to give each team the opportunity to be recognized for its academic and athletic performances, personal and career development, community involvement and support for one another throughout the year.
The women’s soccer team totaled the most points among FIT teams in the following categories: career and personal development and their involvement with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Awards were also presented to 140 Panther seniors and certificates were given for the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.
In total, 284 Panthers were named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for achieving a 3.2 cumulative GPA through the fall 2016 semester. The total recipients exceeded last year’s total by 36 student-athletes.
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