29 student-athletes honored as gold flame winners

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Department of Athletics honored 29 student-athletes as the recipients of the 2021 Golden Torch Award on the field of Doak Campbell Stadium during the Seminoles football game against Louisville. The winners included athletes from 20 sports following the most impressive academic year in the history of the department. The list of laureates includes 312 student-athletes who were named to the 2021 CCA Academic Honor Roll, 43 who achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA, and 125 who earned Dean’s List honors in the spring of 2021. .

As a group, Florida state’s student-athlete population of over 500 achieved a record cumulative GPA of 3.20 through spring 2021.

In the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters, Florida State student-athletes achieved a total of 77 times the perfect GPA of 4.0 – 44 in the fall and 43 in the spring.

The Golden Torch Awards, which have been awarded annually since 1991, are sponsored by the Student Athlete Academic Services team and the Seminole Boosters. The student-athletes with the highest cumulative averages on each of their teams were recognized on the Bobby Bowden field during the football game.

“Our student-athletes have performed very well academically over the past two years and the competition for recognition as the top-in-class was particularly close last spring,” said Athletic Director David Coburn. “We are proud to honor each of the Torche d’Or winners for their excellence on and off the field.”

The women’s cross country team won the Golden Torch Team Award for the second year in a row. The team had a cumulative average of 3.696 during its fall 2020 competitive season and 3.737 during the spring 2021 competitive season. The team consisted of 36 runners who achieved a cumulative average of 3.0 or better.

“It’s an honor for our cross country women to win the Golden Torch Award,” said Bob Braman, head coach of track and field. “Winning this award is one of their big goals every year. Our women work very hard in their classes – they are the true example of the student-athlete. It amazes me that they can run 50-60 miles per week while hitting 3.7 GPA. That’s 36 women with good performances over the past two years.

Four members of the women’s cross-country team shared the golden torch: Addi Coggins (marketing), Rachel Johnson (dietetics), Jodie Judd (editing, writing and media) and Maria Zupan (family and health services). childhood).

“I am honored to receive this award,” said Coggins. “My academics, in addition to my sport, have been very important to me over the past four years. I think it’s great that FSU puts so much emphasis on the academic side of being a student-athlete.

The men’s tennis team went on to win the Golden Torch Team Award for the second consecutive season. The tennis team has now won the award 11 times since it was first awarded in 1991 – and leads all Florida State men’s teams in the Golden Torch team’s total wins. Under the guidance of head coach Dwayne Hultquist, the tennis team has won the award four times in the past eight years and seven times since 2004.

During their competition in the spring of 2021, the men’s tennis team saw nine of its 12 players achieve a GPA of 3.0 or better, with Enzo Le Seguillon winning the individual Golden Torch award for men’s tennis. The team achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.341 and was one of four seminole men’s teams to achieve a team GPA of 3.1 or better.

“I am very happy to win a third honor at the Flamme d’Or,” said Le Seguillon. “It means a lot to me because I worked a lot for my masters this year. I also want to congratulate the whole team for also receiving the honor of the Golden Torch. I am proud of this team because we take the academic and athletic aspects of the college very seriously. I can’t wait to see what awaits them in the future.

Harrison Prieto (Men’s Basketball, Meteorology), Gabby Carle (Football, Exercise Physiology), Taryn Knuth (Volleyball, Sports Management, Masters) Le Seguillon, Savannah Wilkinson (Women’s Basketball, Media and Communication Studies, Masters ) and Emmanuelle Salas (women’s tennis, Business Management) won the award for the third year in a row. Kristina Lynch (football, biological sciences), Coggins, Johnson and Clayton Carlson (men’s athletics, mechanical engineering) were honored for the second time in their careers.

“The 2020-21 academic year has been another year of impressive academic performance for our student-athletes,” said Cathy Badger, ASSA Deputy Director. “I am continually impressed with the hard work and success of our student-athletes in the classroom and in competition – 312 student-athletes on the CCA Honor Roll was a new record and we are delighted to continue to push forward bar.”

Student-Athlete, Sport, Major
Izaak Bastian, Men’s Swimming and Diving, Sports Training
Gabby Carle, Soccer, Exercise Physiology
Clayton Carlson, male athletics, mechanical engineering
Addi Coggins, Women’s Cross-Country Skiing, Marketing
Preston Daniel, Football, Finance
Josh Davidson, Men’s Swimming and Diving, Mechanical Engineering
Cassidy Davis, Softball, Psychology
Marielle Diaz, Beach Volleyball, Clinical Professions
Jenny Marie Halden, Swimming and diving for women, pre-civil engineering, Environment
Alex Hilton, Beach Volleyball, Hospitality and Tourism Management
Rachel Johnson, Women’s Cross-Country Skiing, Diet
Jodi Judd, Women’s Cross Country, Editing & Media
Taryn Knuth, Volleyball, Sports Management (Masters)
Nina Kucheran, Swimming and diving for women, Exercise physiology
Enzo Le Seguillon, Men’s Tennis, Sports Management (Master)
Kristina Lynch, Football, Biological Sciences
Harrison Martingayle, Men’s Cross Country, JD / Sports Management (Masters)
Nicholas Mason, Men’s Swimming and Diving, Psychology
Madeleine McDonald, Women’s Swimming and Diving, Biological Sciences
Kyle McMullen, Baseball, Civil Engineering
Erin Murphy, beach volleyball, computer genius
Vincent Norrman, Men’s Golf, Social Sciences
Elise Olsen, Women’s Swimming and Diving, Professional Sales
Harrison Prieto, Men’s Basketball, Metrology (Masters)
Taylor Roberts, Women’s Golf, Sports Management
Emmanuelle Salas, Women’s Tennis, Boniness Management
Savannah Wilkinson, Women’s Basketball, Media and Communication Studies (Masters)
Sara Zabarino, Women’s athletics, Environment and society
Mariah Zupan, Cross Country Ski Women, Child and Family Services


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