FLORENCE, SC – Two Summerville residents, women’s tennis player Maria Ave-Lallemant and track and field athlete Shayla Tarte, are among 89 student-athletes at Francis Marion University who have been named to the university’s Swamp Fox Honor Roll, and will be honored at the school’s annual Hall of Fame/Swamp Fox Honor Roll banquet on Feb. 28.
Students-athletes named to the honor roll earned 3.0 or higher grade point averages during either the 2002 spring or fall semester. Each academic year, approximately 160 students compete in intercollegiate athletics at Francis Marion.
Tarte, a 2001 graduate of Summerville High School, is a sophomore accounting major. Last year, she was presented the Most Valuable Player award for the FMU track squad. She was among the points leaders on the Patriot team, and established new school records in the 400-meters (1:01.91) and the long jump (17-0), and was a member of the record-setting 400-meter relay team (50.58).
Ave-Lallemant is a 1999 graduate of Port Charlotte (Fla.) High School, but now lists Summerville as her hometown. A visual arts major, she is in her second year on the Patriot tennis team.
Former Francis Marion women’s basketball coach and current University of North Carolina head coach Sylvia Hatchell will be the guest speaker for the dinner. The university will honor its first national championship team, the 1981-82 women’s basketball team that was coached by Hatchell. That squad compiled a 27-7 record and captured the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Division II national championship. Hatchell is believed to be the only coach to win national titles under three different affiliations, having later guided Francis Marion to the 1986 NAIA championship and UNC to the 1994 NCAA Division I crown.
Prior to taking the head coaching position in Chapel Hill, she directed the Francis Marion women’s basketball program from 1975 to 1986, leading the Patriots to a 272-80 mark and the two national titles. A two-time national coach of the year, she entered the 2002-03 season with a career coaching mark of 602-249 in 27 seasons. She is sixth on the active list of Division I coaches for career wins, and her current Tar Heel squad is 23-2 and ranked eighth (as of Feb. 19).
The newest members of the FMU Athletic Hall of Fame, former men’s tennis player Sam Lundkvist and former cross country and track and field athlete Mark Bedenbaugh, will also be recognized at the banquet.
This marks the 11th year FMU has held an academic achievement banquet for its student-athletes.