Roundup: UF softball players named to All-SEC teams
Published: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 7:55 p.m.
Five members of the Florida softball team received All-SEC awards Tuesday.
Sophomore infielder Kelsey Stewart was recognized as a First-Team All-SEC honoree. Pitcher Hannah Rogers and infielder Stephanie Tofft were named to the All-SEC second team, while outfielder Justine McLean earned a Freshman All-SEC designation.
Florida was the conference’s second-best fielding team, and Rogers, Stewart, Tofft and Taylor Schwarz all were named to the SEC All-Defensive Team.
Stewart ranks third in the conference in hitting at .427, including a league-best .464 average in SEC play. The sophomore also is among the league leaders in hits (first, 82), triples (T-2nd, 4), stolen base (third, 30), runs scored (fifth, 55), doubles (fifth, 13) and RBI (11th, 47). Defensively, the Wichita, Kansas native helped turn 12 double plays and posted a .961 fielding percentage.
The No. 4 seed Gators will participate this week in the SEC tournament at South Carolina in Columbia and will play No. 5 Georgia on Thursday at 4 p.m. (ESPNU).
Swimming: Elizabeth Beisel and Brad deBorde have been selected as the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients for the winter sports season for the 2013-14 academic year. Beisel and deBorde become Florida’s 52nd and 53rd student-athletes to receive this prestigious honor.
The NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship award is a scholarship for part-time or full-time postgraduate study at a university or professional school.
Golf: Junior J.D. Tomlinson was selected to compete as an individual in the Auburn Regional at Auburn University Club. The golfers will play 54 holes from May 15-17 to determine who will advance to the finals.
"I'm excited to have the opportunity to compete in the regional tournament and to continue to represent the Gator Nation in Auburn," Tomlinson said.
The low-five teams and low individual from each site will move on to make up the 30-team and six individual field in the NCAA Championship Finals in Hutchinson, Kansas on May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club.
Tomlinson is leading the team with a 72.36 stroke average, 90 made birdies and has collected three top-five finishes this season.
Volleyball: Entering her 24th season at Florida, coach Mary Wise has put together the most challenging 2014 schedule in the country.
Of the Gators' 28 regular-season matches in the fall, 17 are against 2013 NCAA tournament squads, including nine matches against opponents that advanced to the NCAA second round, national semifinals and final four.
"The schedule might be as challenging as any we have ever played,” Wise said. “We will be tested both at home and on the road against some of the best teams in the country."