COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The SEC sponsors Community Service Teams for all 21 league sponsored sports. The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to their community in superior service efforts. The 2018 SEC Men's Swimming & Diving Community Service Team is as follows:
Luke Kaliszak, Senior, Sprinter, Alabama
Kaliszak led the Crimson Tide efforts in the community efforts during his senior season. He took part in the Crimson Tide's Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts and worked with the local Special Olympics. Kaliszak also took part in the Crimson Tide's annual Halloween Extravaganza efforts. He is a 2017 First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-American, a 2016 NCAA 200 medley relay champion and a 2017 NCAA 200 medley relay runner-up. Kaliszak is a three-time top-5 NCAA finisher in the 200 freestyle relay and a 10-time All-American. He is the Alabama record holder in the 100 butterfly and as part of the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays. Kaliszak is ranked second all-time at Alabama in the 100 backstroke with a 44.91. He claimed a career-best fourth-place finish in the 100 backstroke at the 2017 NCAA Championships and a career-best fifth-place finish in the 100 butterfly at the 2016 NCAA Championships.
Grant Schenk, Senior, Auburn
Schenk is the 2017-18 Student Athlete Advisory Committee President. He has volunteered at the Bravehearts Center for Place and Purpose and served as the lead coordinator SAAC Campus Food Pantry Initiative, which set goals, created awareness and determined key items needed for donation. Schenk is also the lead coordinator of SAAC Annual Clothing Drive, which aided those affected by various national disasters in the U.S. and the lead coordinator of SAAC "It's the Little Things" Outreach in which he delegated and organized information to team representatives to collect hotel toiletries from travel to benefit women's shelters in the Opelika community and Salvation Army emergency relief packs. He is the lead coordinator of SAAC Monthly Service Project, which included creating an event for elementary school children to come and experience what a student-athlete's life would be like. Schenk coordinated with the Auburn Dept. of Sports Physiology to create a presentation on healthy living and exercise. He also presented to students about the character traits, Auburn Creed, and moral values needed to be successful in the classroom and on the field of play. Schenk served as lead coordinator for SAAC Valentine's Day Veteran Affairs Outreach in Tuskegee and the co-lead coordinator for SAAC Angel Tree. He volunteered at the city of Auburn Downtown Trick or Treat and at the Lee County Humane Society. Schenk is a member of the 2017 Mortar Board National Honor Society, Sphinx Chapter and was a part of the 2016 NCAA Leadership Forum. He was a USA Swimming Olympic Trials Qualifier in 2012 and 2016.
Ben Lawless, Senior, Freestyle, Florida
Lawless, an All-American, has recorded 30.5 hours of community service this year, while also being in competition. At Natural Gym Fitness, he informed children of the importance of healthy eating and working out. Lawless also demonstrated workout tips to the children of Gainesville. After being hit by Hurricane Irma in September, he helped clean up debris at Eastside High School in order to help them open quicker after the storm. Lawless worked the Human Foosball Tournament, which helped raise funds and awareness for a rare chromosome disorder. He volunteered with Trunk or Treat along with the rest of the Gator Swimming & Diving program, passing out candy on Halloween. Lawless gave a tour of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to kids in the Boys & Girls Club. At the Gator Swim Camp, he helped younger swimmers from all over the country with their skills and what it means to be a Gator.
Gunnar Bentz, Senior, Georgia
Bentz has been a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee for three years, serving as Co-President this year, and has been involved and planned with multiple community groups. With the Clarke County Mentoring Program, he has encouraged good behavior and companionship with a middle school mentee. Bentz has worked with Special Olympics at UGA, involved in Prom and Homeruns for Home Town Rivals fund raisers. With the UGA HEROs (Hearts Everywhere Reaching Out), he has helped spread awareness and raise money for children affected by HIV/AIDS in Georgia. Bentz has volunteered with Learn, Play Excel, speaking to local students about the importance of education, perseverance and pursuing their dreams. He has worked with Relay for Life for cancer awareness; UGA Miracle for fund raisers for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta; It's On Us to raise awareness and fight against sexual assault on college campuses; and Safe Routes to School, which encourages walking and biking to school to promote healthy habits. Bentz holds school records in the 200 fly and the 200 IM and on the 400 and 800 free relays. A member of the U.S. National Team, he is the first UGA male swimmer to win a gold medal at the Olympics. Bentz has earned 15 All-America honors and 16 top-8 finishes at the SECs. He is a CSCAA Scholar All-American and has been named to the SEC and UGA honor rolls.
Isaac Jones, Senior, Distance, Kentucky
Pursuing a career as a teacher, Jones has spent numerous hours volunteering at multiple schools in the Lexington area, mentoring students and assisting teachers. He has volunteered with the Salvation Army, the Tri for Sight, the Iron Horse Half Marathon, the Ronald McDonald House and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Jones was named to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll and twice to the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll. A 2017 team captain, he is a school record-holder in both the 500 and 1,650 freestyle races.
Thomas Smith, Junior, Backstroke, LSU
Smith collaborates with Banana Bread Books, a startup company that looks to give back to Baton Rouge through sales of banana bread. By selling bread, the bakery gives back through donations of school supplies and other things essential for elementary education. He also spends time reading to elementary students at University Terrace Elementary School. Smith currently serves as the VP of Student-Athlete Welfare on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He has participated in the LSU Boozar, an event that allows underprivileged children to trick-or-treat on LSU's campus.
Anthony Ashley, Junior, Backstroke/IM, Missouri
A constant presence in the Columbia community, Ashley has spent numerous hours volunteering with The Food Back for Central & Northeast Missouri. With The Food Bank, he helped sort and package food for area residents in need, including school-aged children, veterans and seniors. Ashley, a team captain, has participated in Swim Across America the past two years.
Bryce Kananowicz, Senior, Freestyle/Backstroke/IM, South Carolina
Kananowicz has recorded nearly 340 community service hours for several groups throughout his collegiate career, including: Blue Ridge Hospice; Crescent Moon Hospice; Relay for Life; Lakeshake; Pawmetto Lifeline; Gamecock Swim Camp and CRISIS Hotline. He has also worked with Pawmetto Lifeline, a not-for-profit animal rescue organization solving pet overpopulation in the Midlands through adoption, medical, rescue collaboration and education efforts. Kananowicz is a two-time member of the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll.
Ty Powers, Junior, Breaststroke/Freestyle, Tennessee
Powers has participated in the ABC (Anti-Bullying Campaign) at Coulter Grove Intermediate. He has volunteered alongside the team at the Man Run, a 5K organized by the University of Tennessee Medical Center that raises proceeds to benefit prostate cancer research and educational programs. Powers visited the Tennessee School for the Deaf and helped with a community holiday meal helping those less fortunate in the Knoxville community. He also participated in Voloween, a Halloween event for children of staff and faculty on the Tennessee campus. Powers was named to the 2016 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll and the 2017 SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Duncan Mulleady, Senior, Swimmer, Texas A&M
A two-time SEC Community Service Team honoree, Mulleady serves as the Selfless Service Chair of the Texas A&M Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He has served in a variety of ways in Bryan-College Station communities, including the Big Event, Aggies READ and Aggies CAN. Mulleady assisted with the Sexual Assault Research Center at multiple athletic events. He and his teammates helped feed the less fortunate at the Twin City Mission soup kitchen, and they volunteered at the Special Olympics on campus. Mulleady has gone to multiple local elementary schools to encourage young people to read. He is a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and has been named to the Texas A&M AD Honor Roll seven consecutive semesters.