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South Carolina nominees for McWhorter Award announced

278 days ago
SEC Staff
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Harrison O'Keefe of the South Carolina men's tennis team and Meredith Vay of the Gamecock women's swimming & diving team have been nominated for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship by the University of South Carolina.

The H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship has been presented by the Southeastern Conference since 1986 to the league's top male and female scholar-athletes.

The Southeastern Conference will name the 2018 recipients of the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship on April 26.

Highlights of South Carolina's nominees include:

HARRISON O'KEEFE, Men's Tennis, South Carolina
Major: Retail Management

  • 3.492 GPA
  • Dean's List (minimum 3.25 GPA): Fall 2014, Fall 2017
  • SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll, Fall 2015, Fall 2017
  • SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll, 2015
  • AD Honor Roll, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017
  • Dean's List, Fall 2014, 2017;
  • Spring 2014, 2016 SEC Community Service Team, 2015
  • 11-9 overall this season with 6-6 singles record in SEC play 2017
  • First Team All-SEC honoree
  • Tied for 10th in school history in SEC matches won (4) as a freshman since 1991-92
  • Named team MVP in 2016 and 2017
  • Began the season second in SEC singles winning percentage in school history
  • No. 9 in school history in combined wins and tied for 7th in combined matches played
  • Career high No. 41 singles ranking to start the 2017-18 season

MEREDITH VAY, Women's Swimming & Diving, South Carolina
Major: Exercise Science

  • GPA: 3.938
  • Dean's List (minimum 3.5 GPA), Fall 2014, 2015, 2016 2017;
  • Spring 2015, 2016, 2017 President's List (4.0 GPA), Fall 2014, 2015; Spring 2015, 2016, 2017
  • AD Honor Roll (minimum 3.0 GPA), Fall 2014-Present
  • SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll, 2016, 2017
  • SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll, 2015
  • CSCAA Scholar All-American, 2015, 2016
  • USC Outstanding Senior Award, 2018
  • Holds USC school records in 100-yard freestyle, 400 freestyle relay, and 200-yard medley relay
  • 2015 Second Team All-SEC honoree
  • Set a PR with a 54.58 in the 100-yard butterfly at 2018 SEC Championships, finishing 30th overall
  • Competed in 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, finishing 123rd in the 50-meter freestyle

Each year, the SEC, in conjunction with AT&T, an SEC official sponsor, provides the league's male and female McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients with a $20,000 post-graduate scholarship. The 26 remaining male and female finalists for the award will also receive a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship.

The award recipients are chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from the 14 SEC institutions and are honored at the SEC Spring Meetings in Sandestin, Fla., in early June.

Last year's McWhorter Award recipients were University of Alabama swimmer Anton McKee and Texas A&M University swimmer Sarah Gibson.