April 22, 2014
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University track star Danielle Aromashodu and men's basketball guard Pablo Bertone were named "Outstanding Female and Male Athletes" for the 2013-14 athletic seasons. The Department of Athletics presented 13 achievement awards, recognizing each senior as well as the academic honor society members, at its annual senior banquet.
Aromashodu, the school record holder in the 400-meter hurdles, won the Sun Belt Conference Champion in the 400-meter hurdles each of the last three seasons. The Miami native will attempt to earn her fourth consecutive title at this season's Conference USA Championship scheduled for Tuesday, May 15 through Friday, May 18. Aromashodu's personal best in the 400-meter hurdles is 58.33.
Bertone, from Arroyito, Argentina, completed his four-year FAU career with 1,153 points which ranks him sixth all-time. Bertone led the Owls and Conference USA in scoring with an average of 19.0 points per game. The 2013-14 first team Conference USA selection also was among the league leaders in steals with 1.3 per game and three-point field goals per game with 1.73.
FAU women's basketball's Kimberly Smith and FAU baseball's Levi Meyer were honored as the FAU "Student-Athletes of the Year." The award is given annually to the top male and female performers based on competition, academics and community involvement. Smith, a four-year member of the FAU women's basketball team, rewrote both the FAU and Conference USA record books in her final year as an Owl. She set seven individual records and led the Owls to set or tie an astounding 14 Conference USA team records. Meyer hit .299 on the 2013 season and made 50 starts behind the plate for the Owls. Meyer belted five home runs and drove in 35 runs with 10 multi-RBI games. In the NCAA Regional Championship game, he hit a three-run home run in the 12th inning against the No. 1 team in the nation, North Carolina. Meyer put on an impressive offensive display to begin his senior campaign this season as the Owls earned two victories against Notre Dame. He went 8-for-11 on the weekend with seven RBI, three runs, two walks (one intentional), a double and his first career triple. Meyer recorded multiple hits in each game and had a pair of three-RBI outings. Meyer reached safely on six of his last seven plate appearances, driving in four runs in that span, and had an on-base percentage of .786 for the weekend. Both Smith and Meyer also were recognized at the FAU Honors Convocation on April 16.
Outstanding Academic Achievement was awarded to women's golfer Kayla DeSuza and Joachim Hanzeen, from men's soccer. Megan Knapp, from sand volleyball and football player Mustafa Johnson earned the Community Service Award. The team Community Spirit honor was awarded to the women's basketball team who completed 400 more community service points than any other FAU team. Owlstanding Spirit was awarded to John Walsh and Chelsea Onstott, both from swimming. Sportsmanship was awarded to senior softball player Whitley Herb and Robbie Dubuque earned the same honor representing FAU men's tennis.
Four teams continue to vie for a conference title: men's golf from Sunday, April 27 through Tuesday, April 29; softball from Thursday, May 8 through Saturday, May 10 at FAU; outdoor track from Thursday, May 15 through Sunday, May 18; and baseball from Wednesday, May 21 through Sunday, May 25.