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Seven new members inducted into Athletics Hall of Fame

Dec 1, 2016

The Flagler College Athletics Hall of Fame inducted its 13th class during May’s Alumni Weekend. The Flagler College Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 2004, and since then, 56 people and one team have been inducted, including this year’s class.

• Lindsay Ames, ‘94, played women’s tennis at Flagler from 1990-94. She was a four-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-America selection. Ames was an All-American in singles and doubles in 1991 and 1992, as well as in doubles in 1993 and 1994. She played on the 1991 NAIA National Championship team.

• Helena Dahlstrom, ‘94, also played on the Flagler women’s tennis team from 1990-94. She was a first-team NAIA All-American in singles and doubles for three consecutive seasons (1991-93). In 1994, she earned her fourth consecutive NAIA All-America honor in doubles with her teammate, Lindsay Ames. Dahlstrom was a two-time Marvin P. Richmond Most Outstanding Player (1992 and 1993) and was the NAIA singles champion in 1991 and 1992. She played on the 1991 national championship team. Her record in 1991 was a remarkable 32-1.

• Olafur Gunnarsson, ‘99, was one of the best goalkeepers to play for the Saints. He starred on the men’s soccer team from 1996-97, took two years off to play for Iceland’s U21 National Team, and returned in 1999. Gunnarsson was a three-time NAIA All-American, All-Region XIV and All-Florida Sun Conference selection. Post-Flagler, he played professionally in Iceland and had one full-cap playing for its national team.  

• Catharina Persson, ‘90, was a three-time NAIA All-American on the women’s tennis team. She played from 1987-90 and was a member of three national championship teams. In 1988, she captured the national women’s singles title. Persson was also half of the NAIA doubles champions in 1989 with fellow Hall of Famer Julie Went and in 1990 with Julie Downs.

• Dave Barnett, ‘83, is in his 29th year as the head coach of the Flagler baseball team, and he is among the top 12 active coaches in NCAA Division II for wins. In his tenure as a coach at Flagler, Barnett has seen 37 of his players sign professional contracts and has had three players drafted within the first 10 rounds. From 1994-2009, he served as the director of Athletics and helped transition the department from NAIA to NCAA Division II.

• Kelly Gazaway, ‘91, was a member of four consecutive NAIA National Champion women’s tennis teams (1988-91). She was a two-time NAIA All-American (1990 and 1991).

• Martin Guntrip, ‘81, played men’s tennis at Flagler from 1979-81. He was an NAIA All-American in 1981 and was an NAIA Scholar-Athlete the same year. Guntrip currently works at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, which is home to Wimbledon. He has been a club member for over 30 years and since 2005 has served as its club secretary. Guntrip helped facilitate the tennis portion of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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