June 29, 2012
By Bob Thomas, Seminoles.com
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Gonzalo Barroilhet is the most decorated multi-event athlete in Florida State track & field history, and also one of its most accomplished academically. Recognizing both aspects, the Atlantic Coast Conference has selected the Chilean graduate student as the league’s outdoor track Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
It is just the latest in a long line of honors for Barroilhet, who will represent Chile in the 2012 London Olympics next month. Earlier this month he earned Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-America honors, which came on the heels of his first-team All-American honors following a fourth-place finish in the decathlon at the NCAA Championship.
“Gonzalo has shown the way once again as to what college athletics is all about,” FSU head coach Bob Braman said. “Being the best of the best is what he’s all about in every walk of life.”
Barroilhet is the fourth member of the Seminole cross country and track programs to earn ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors during the 2011-12 academic year. He joins Hannah England and Michael Fout, winners of the cross country awards, and Michelle Jenije, who captured the indoor honor for women.
“We take the academic honors of our athletes and teams with a great deal of pride, so for us to win four of the six possible ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards is like winning a national title in the classroom,” Braman said. “Florida State can be proud that track & field and cross country carry forward its academic mission.”
A graduate student who is completing his MBA with a final course this summer, carries a 3.85 GPA. Barroilhet holds the Florida State school record in the decathlon after scoring a meet-record 8,065 points at the ACC Championship in April.
He came within four points of a silver medal at the NCAA Championship in his final tune-up for London, where he will make his second consecutive Olympic Games appearance.
The Santiago, Chile native is his country’s national record holder in the decathlon. Barroilhet is the first FSU student-athlete to earn All-ACC Academic honors six times of the course of his career, which spans both the indoor and outdoor seasons. His is also a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American.
Beyond claiming another Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor, Florida State tied for the lead among the 12 Atlantic Coast Conference members by producing 14 All-ACC Academic team honorees. The Seminole women led the ACC with eight selections, including: Hannah Brooks, Michelle Jenije, Astrid Leutert, Colleen Quigley, Kayleigh Tyerman, Chelsea Whalen, Amanda Winslow and Aubree Worden.
In all, 27 FSU track & field athletes – 19 women and eight men – met the ACC’s minimum requirement of a 3.00 GPA over the last two semesters and for their careers.