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Johnson Named Academic All-American Player of the Year, Lancashire and Garcia-Tunon Headline First Team Honorees

June 20, 2006

Tallahassee, Fla. – Redshirt junior Garrett Johnson (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Baptist Academy), junior Tom Lancashire (Bolton, England/Turton) and redshirt freshman Javier Garcia-Tunon (Miami, Fla./Belen Jesuit) have all been named 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans (first-team) by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), announced today, Tuesday, June 20, 2006 by the national organization.

“An NCAA Champion in Garrett (Johnson), an NCAA runner-up in Tom (Lancashire) and an ACC runner-up in Javier (Garcia-Tunon) speaks to the quality of the athletes we have on the field and in the classroom at Florida State,” said USTFCCCA National Coach of the Year Bob Braman. “This is a really great honor and even more exciting because it’s on the heels of a national championship. They are dedicated not just to win but to being the best students in the country. These are great athletes and great students and we’re proud to have them in our program.”

Johnson was chosen as the University Division Player of the Year while Garcia-Tunon and Lancashire were listed as first-team selections. FSU leads the first-team in the university division with three of the 15 selections and is one of two schools with multiple honorees.

“For us, we’re not just bringing in good students and average athletes or vice versa,” continued Braman. “We want the best of both worlds which is evident not just by the three that earned the honor but the number of other top-notch student-athletes we have on our roster.”

Johnson is the only two-time national champion in the group and joins Lancashire as a repeat honoree. The 2006 Rhodes Scholar won the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Shot Put National Titles and broke numerous track and event records including the Penn Relays, Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA East Region Championships. The two-time ESPN Academic All-District III team member will finish the semester as a master’s student in public administration before leaving the program to study at Oxford beginning in October of 2006.

“It’s humbling and it’s a great recognition for me but also for the program because it affirms the great things the university is doing to promote academics within athletics,” said Johnson.

Lancashire, a two-time ACC Performer of the Year, posted a 3.93 GPA in exercise science for the 2005-06 campaigns. The indoor and outdoor All-American is one of the top mid-distance runners in the country placing second at nationals by less than two-tenths of a second in the finals of the 1500m run and winning two conference titles. Lancashire had the seventh fastest 800m time in the world this year in breaking a 20-year old FSU record in the 800m.

Garcia-Tunon, who is listed for the first time, had a standout season on the track and in the classroom. He recorded a 4.0 GPA in Business Management and regionally qualified in two events (110m- and 400m-hurdles), helping FSU towards team titles on the conference, regional and national levels. He is one of six first-team members with a 4.0 GPA. He earned All-ACC honors with a second-place finish in the 400m-hurdles.

In 2005, Johnson was selected to the second-team after graduating in three years with dual degrees in political science and English. Lancashire also made the second-team with a 3.74 GPA in exercise science.

31 student-athletes have been selected national academic all-Americans since 1970. The track and field program has six selections overall, including five in the last two seasons.

The Seminole men’s team is coming off the most exciting week in program history, as the squad won its first national title in the 57-year history of the program. Three individual national champions and three second-place finishes highlighted a group that brought home ten All-American selections.

The CoSIDA Academic All-District and Academic All-America program teams are voted on by members of the organization. An athlete must have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA to be eligible and be a starter or important reserve.

The women’s academic team will be announced on Thursday, June 22, 2006. Redshirt senior Lacy Janson (Sarasota, Fla./Cardinal Mooney) made the district team selection and is in the running for national honors. The 2006 NCAA Outdoor Pole Vault National Champion maintains a 3.63 GPA with a major in dietetics.

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