Sun Belt women's golf All-Conference teams announced

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    NEW ORLEANS, La. (SUN BELT) - A week after winning the Sun Belt Conference Championship, FIU headlines the 2013 Sun Belt Women's Golf All-Conference teams by placing a total of five individuals on the teams and sweeping the specialty awards. The Sun Belt announced the honors on Thursday.

    FIU star freshman Meghan MacLaren, the individual medalist at the league championship, was named first team all-conference and was also named the league's Freshman of the Year. Joining MacLaren on the all-conference first team are teammates Shelby Cole and Sophie Godley. Two Panthers, Yolecci Jimenez and Tania Tare were named to the league's all-conference second team.

    FIU head coach Joe Vogel was named Coach of the Year. It is the first conference Coach of the Year honor Vogel has received in his seven year tenure at FIU.

    UALR's Emelie Westrup, Arkansas State's Abigail Laker and Troy's Sofia Bjorkman all earned first all-conference honors. Meanwhile, Georgia State's Maria Palacios, Louisiana-Monroe's Alison Knowles, Middle Tennessee's Olivia Love and South Alabama's Kristen Golightly were tabbed to the all-conference second team.

    The two all-conference teams were selected by a vote of the league's head women's golf coaches.

    First Team All-Sun Belt Conference
    Emelie Westrup, UALR
    Abigail Laker, Arkansas State

    Shelby Coyle, FIU
    Sophie Godley, FIU
    Meghan MacLaren, FIU
    Sofia Bjorkman, Troy

    Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference
    Yolecci Jimenez, FIU
    Tania Tare, FIU
    Maria Palacios, Georgia State
    Alison Knowles, Louisiana-Monroe
    Olivia Love, Middle Tennessee
    Kristen Golightly, South Alabama

    Freshman of the Year
    Meghan MacLaren, FIU

    Coach of the Year
    Joe Vogel, FIU

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