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Thursday May 8, 2003Eight Softball Players Earn Post-Season Honors

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Several Florida Softball players were recognized this week for their accomplishments on and off the softball field. Three players were named to the All-SEC first team, one was named to the Verizon Academic All-District III team and five earned spots on the SEC Honor Roll.

Junior pitcher Jenny Gladding (Palm City, Fla.), junior second baseman Mylin Prieto (Cooper City, Fla.) and freshman Lindsey Cameron (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) all were voted to the All-Southeastern Conference first team. Gladding has been Florida’s top pitcher all season and enters post-season play with a 1.41 ERA. She has also been an offensive force, leading the Gators with 11 home runs and a .656 slugging percentage. Prieto has been Florida’s leading batter nearly all season. She currently owns a .344 batting average and leads the team in hits, doubles and triples. Cameron is the teams’ third leading hitter and leads the team in runs scored. She already holds several freshman records. This is the most first team All-SEC selections the Gator softball team has had in the history of the program. The All-SEC teams are voted on by the league’s coaches.

The Verizon Academic All-America committee also announced today that junior outfielder Jenilee Garner (Gainesville, Fla.) has been named to the Academic All-District III team. Garner is a business major and a three-year starter for the Gators. She is the sixth Gator softball player to earn Academic All-District honors. To be eligible for the Verizon Academic teams a student-athlete must have a 3.20 GPA or better and be a significant player on his or her team. The teams are voted on by Sports Information Directors throughout the district. Garner and South Carolina player Danielle Quinonnes were the only two players from the SEC who earned Academic All-District honors. Garner’s name will now advance to the All-America ballot. Only two Florida softball players have ever earned Verizon Academic All-America honors. Beth Dieter earned third team honors in 2000 and Kristin Sandler earned second team honors in 1998.

Garner and four other Gator softball players were also named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Seniors Jennifer Brown (Orlando, Fla.), Jackie Marchetta (Boynton Beach, Fla.) and Prissie Walden (Jacksonville, Fla.) and junior Stacy Rosen (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) were also named to the Honor Roll. The SEC Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2001-02 school year. Brown has earned SEC Honor Roll distinction three times in her career, while Marchetta and Walden have twice. It is the first such honor for both Rosen and Garner. In the seven-year history of the program the Gators have had 16 players earn 32 spots on the SEC Honor Roll.

Florida begins its post-season play tonight in the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Plant City, Fla. The fifth seeded Gators face fourth seeded South Carolina at 6 p.m.

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