Ashlyn Sullivan: Resume

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EXPERIENCE

Florida Gators Football Reporter, Sideline Reporter August 2014-Present • Served as sideline reporter giving updates to fans via
social media at every home game
• Filmed and edited games and practices to create highlight package • Packages aired on WUFT TV and articles published on

ESPN Gainesville
WUFT News, Anchor and Reporter August 2013 – Present

• Conducted live three minute sports cast once a week on channel 4 in Gainesville, Florida
• Wrote content and prodcued video for cast

EDUCATION

University of Florida

Class of 2017
Major: Telecommunications Track: Sports

SKILLS

Adobe Premiere Pro Adobe ENPS
Social Media Platforms

ESPN Gainesville, Radio Anchor August 2013 – Present • Performs live sports updates consisting of the latest
sports news heard on 95.3 FM in the Gainesville area
• Social media host of “Sport Scene” with Steve Russel,

a live sports talk show once a week
ABC Local 10, Sports Production/Reporter Intern May 2016 – August 2016

• Interviewed coaches and athletes for Sunday Special features • Production assistant for the daily sports broadcast
• Assisted with script and package writing

ESPNU, Campus Connection Contributor August 2014 – Present • Create original content pertaining to University of Florida athletics
• Shoot interviews and standups for feature stories
• Edit and deliver final products that are seen on ESPNU’s

YouTube channel
WCA Gator Talk with Coach McElwain, Co-Host

• Crowd reporter for weekly Florida Gator Football Talk Show • Handled questions and expressed opinions on relevant Gator Football topics

INVOVLEMENT

UF Dance Marathon Public Relations Captain
Delta Delta Delta Dance Marathon & Philanthropy Delegate UF Journalism and Communications Ambassador

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Florida Gators have Strong Showing in Aquafina Invitational

GAINESVILLE, FL – The Florida Gators now have won 10 of their last 11 games after winning four more this past weekend in the Aquafina Invitational, hosted by the Gators. Florida took on Florida A&M, Northwestern State, Maryland and FIU over the weekend at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium to become Aquafina Invitational Champions.

FRIDAY

The Florida Gators took the field at Katie Seashole Presley Stadium for the first time in 2017 season on Friday to face Florida A&M and Northwestern State to open up the Aquafina Invitational. In the first game against Florida A&M, the Rattlers only had five hits the entire game to total up to one run thanks to the combined effort of pitchers Kelly Barnhill and Freshman Katie Chronister. Barnhill threw four complete innings for 11 strikeouts. Chronister relieved Barnhill before the firth inning to receive the save after three innings. The Gators scored six unanswered runs, freshman Jaimie Hoover hit two RBIs to drive in three runs. The Gators won their first game against Florida A&M 8-1.

After a short break from the diamond, the Gators were back on the field Friday night to face Northwestern State. In the first inning, Kayli Kvistad broke up the scoring with a two run home run that scored sophomore Amanda Lorenz. The Gators and Lady Demons fought back and forth in the firth inning to tie it up 3-3. However, senior Delanie Gourley came into the game to relieve Aleshia Ocasio after she retired twelve straight to hold the Lady Demons to three runs. The Gators bats came alive to bring the final score to 9-3.

SATURDAY

The Florida Gators started off their Saturday competition on a sour note after suffering their first loss of the season against Maryland. The Terps found a way to beat Florida thanks to the fourth and fifth inning with two RBI singles to drive in batters. In the top of the fifth the Terps were up two runs over the Gators. Florida made quite the effort to come back in the sixth inning. The Gators loaded the bases, but the weather had other plans. Right in the midst of a comeback the game was delayed due to heavy rain in the area. The delay lasted nearly an hour and a half before the teams could take the field again and the Gators were not able to complete the come back.
The Gators did not frown too long after their loss. Florida came back in the second game of the day to beat Northwestern State for the second time, this time 10-0. Florida scored in every inning of the game against the Lady Demons except for the third. The big inning came in the fifth where the Gators run ruled the Lady demons, the Gators scored five runs on just a pair of hits. Freshman Jordan Roberts recorded her first home run of the season in the firth inning.

SUNDAY

The Florida Gators wrapped up the Aquafina Invitational with a win over FIU. The Gators jumped ahead thanks to Jaimie Hoover’s second career grand slam in the top of the first inning. Hoover is only a freshman and already has two grand slams on the season! Sophomore Kelly Barnhill took charge in the circle for Florida. She tossed five innings and recorded twelve strikeouts.

NEXT UP

The Florida Gators will be back in action this weekend when they travel to Orlando for the Citrus Classic. They will take on Syracuse and Fordham University on Friday, Liberty and Elon on Saturday and Leigh University on Sunday.

To read more about the Aquafina Invitational, click here. 

If you want to be more informed on other Gator sports, click here. 

Freshman QB Prepares for Spring Practice Reps

Football is Back
The Florida Gators are preparing to kick off spring practice on Tuesday, February 28th. When they do, some new faces will be on the field. Florida will welcome five mid-year enrollees to the Gator football program, one being Kadarius Toney. Toney is a freshman out of Blount high school in Eight Mile, Alabama. He was highly recruited by Florida and decided to forgo his senior spring and head to Gainesville to prepare for the 2017 college football season. Coach McElwain spoke extremely highly of Toney’s athletic ability. He’s indeed listed as an athlete on the official 2017 Gator Football roster. McElwain says any time the team gets new players such as Kadarius Toney, it is exciting for everyone.

 

Before Kadarius Toney arrived at Florida, he was recruited by a number of talented teams. He received offers from Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, South Carolina and USF. In high school, Toney played quarterback, wide receiver and running back. Coach McElwian made a promise to Tony that he would give him a chance to be the quarterback for the Florida Gators. Coach McElwain said in his press conference that he wants all three quarterbacks fighting for the starting job : Kyle Trask, Feleipe Franks and Kadarius Toney, to take charge.

To read more about Gator Football, click here.

If you want to read more about Kadarius Toney, click here.

Jake Allen : Embedded Youtube Video

 

This package I shot and and edited myself. It is about a 2017 commit to the University of Florida football team, named Jake Allen. Allen is currently a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. St. Thomas Aquinas has a prestigious high school football program that has prepared Jake to play at the collegiate level. This is his story of how he is preparing for the next step in his life.

Don’t Make Me Think Review

INTRO- While reading Don’t Make Me Think, I never realized how much goes into making an efficient and appealing website. Just from taking previous classes about blogs I knew some key aspects, but after reading the book I feel as though I am ready to make a unique word press website for this class all about what I love most: sports. One of the things Don’t Make Me Think made me realize is a website you create can be anything you want it to be, thats the great thing about the internet. Therefore I find it a great privilege that this class allows us to create a blog about anything we choose to write about, which in this case is sports for me.

WHAT MAKES A GREAT WEBSITE –

Make it Short : After reading Don’t Make Me Think, one of the biggest things I have learned is the shorter and more interactive your website is as well as the articles in this website, the better. In this day in age, everyone is so so busy. No one has time to read an 1,000 page article with no pictures or break of text.  Great websites understand and respect the time of the average American and therefore keeps articles short, sweet and to the point. In the book in chapter three there is a section titled “Break up pages into clearly defined areas”, this section really helped me understand how to summarize my thoughts and words into paragraph form instead of becoming too wordy and dragging on my thoughts. Steve Krug, the author of Don’t Make Me Think says diving the pages into areas and paragraphs allows the reader to read and pin point only the things they want to know about, saving the reader even more time.

Importance of Home Page: Steve Krug believes the home page is the most important thing about a website. It is the first thing a reader sees and absorbs, therefore it should be eye-catching the say the least. In the home page it should include the sites mission, in other words why the reader is visiting your site. The home page should have a catchy title, I believe this is one of the most important things about creating a unique website. I think at times tabs on a home page can be hard to find and I get confused of where to find more content. Therefore, I think having the tab button to take me to extra material should be front and center and easy to find.

Keep it Simple:  One of the biggest things I have a problem with when attempting to write blog posts on a website is cutting out everything that does not need to be there. Steve Krug discusses the importance of simplifying a website and blog and cutting your words in half. A teacher of mine always told me with journalism to keep it “simple stupid”. I think this is a great way to write blogs, you cant assume that the reader is an expert on what you’re writing about.

 

 

Jimmie Johnson Joins Elite Company

Although it was not glamorous, Jimmie Johnson now joins NASCAR’s greatest with his seventh championship after becoming the NASCAR Sprint Cup champion by winning the playoff race in Florida on Sunday. Johnson joins Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. as the only drivers to win seven championships in a career. Johnson led the race for only one lap–the last lap–but that got him the victory. Johnson had to beat Carl Edwards, Joey Logano and defending champion Kyle Busch to win the title, and he did just that. Johnson says he was calm and collected at the start of the final lap.

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It took a little luck and a lot of focus for Johnson to pull this win off. Prior to the race on Thursday during Media Days, Johnson was ruled the least likely to win out of the four Chase finalists. In sixth place with 15 laps to go, it looked as though Johnson had no shot of pulling out of Homestead with a championship. However, luck was on Johnson’s side. With 10 laps to go, Kyle Edwards wrecked his car attempting to block Joey Logano and Johnson drove through the wreckage to take the lead.

Another accident lead to NASCAR’s version of overtime; a two-lap dash to the finish line. Johnson took the lead and never lost it, becoming the NASCAR Sprint Cup champion. Johnson gives all the credit for the win to his crew chief Chad Knaus.

 

Former Gators Neal & Poole Have a Date with the Super Bowl

GAINESVILLE, FL – The Atlanta Falcons have made it to Super Bowl 51, and two rookies are a major reason why the Falcons will be playing the Patriots on February 5th in Houston. Former Florida Gators Keanu Neal and Brian Poole both are key starters on the Falcons and both made a major impact in the win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game Sunday, they were the first and second leading tacklers. The Falcons “junkyard dogs” defense have seven starters in the first or second year in the NFL, Neal and Poole being two of them. During postgame Neal shared his love for his teammates and says they proved to everyone today the Falcons know how to play defense.

KEANU NEAL

The Falcons drafted Neal as a safety in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft with the seventeenth pick. In the NFC showdown with the Packers, Neal had six combined tackles and one assist. This will add on to his 106 recorded tackles and five forced fumbles in the 2016 season. After the Falcons win, Neal could not wrap his head around his team making it to the Super Bowl, however he was not surprised due to the teams hard work dating all the way back to training camp.

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