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    McWhorter and Davis Award Nominees: LSU

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 25 – Tennis player Sebastian Carlsson and swimmer Jane Trepp have been nominated for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship and track and field athlete Kyle Rose and soccer player Courtney Alexander have been nominated for the Brad Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship by Louisiana State University.

    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 SEC Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship was named for former Associate Commissioner Brad Davis.  Davis succumbed to cancer on March 2, 2006.  He had been a member of the SEC staff since 1988, first serving as an assistant commissioner until 1994 when he was promoted to associate commissioner.

    The Southeastern Conference will name the 2010 recipients of the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship on April 6 in conjunction with National Student-Athlete Day.  The Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship winners will be announced on April 5.

    Highlights of the Tigers’ nominees include:

    Sebastian Carlsson, Tennis (Male McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Nominee)

    •  Will earn B.S. degree in Biological Sciences in December 2011
    •  Three-time ITA Scholar-Athlete and LSU Athletic Director’s Cup for Academic Excellence recipient
    •  Member of Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society
    •  Three year starter and team captain in 2010 and 2011
    •  2010 Southern Region ITA/Arthur Ashe, Jr., Leadership and Sportsmanship Award winner
    •  Has volunteered with Special Olympics, read to children at local elementary schools and has visited with children at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital
    •  Participated in Halloween BOOzar children’s activity as well as Thanksgiving with the Tigers and Christmas Toy Drive.
    •  The Uppsala, Sweden native is the son of Kent and Marina Carlsson

    Jane Trepp, Swimming and Diving (Female McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Nominee)

    •  Will earn a B.S. degree in Psychology in December 2011
    •  Two-time College Swim Coaches Association of America Scholar All-American
    •  Chanellor’s List and Dean’s List student
    •  Voted LSU’s Most Outstanding Swimmer and served as team’s co-captain in 2009 and 2010
    •  LSU record-holder in the 50 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly, 200 and 400 free relays and 200 and 400 medley relays
    •  2011 SEC champion and SEC record holder in the 100 breaststroke
    •  2010 FINA World Championships Finalist
    •  Volunteered with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and the Hurricane Gustav relief efforts
    •  Participated in Christmas with the Tigers and Halloween BOOzar, both visiting with local underprivileged children
    •  Volunteered at LSU Greenring Day, activity designed to help beautify LSU campus
    •  The Baton Rouge, La. native is the daughter of Angela Trepp.
                                  
    Kyle Rose, Track and Field (Male Davis Community Service Nominee)

    •  Will earn a B.S. degree in Kinesiology in August 2011
    •  Chancellor’s List and Dean’s List student
    •  Member of SEC Academic Honor Roll and LSU Scholar-Athlete Directors Cup
    •  Two-year letter winner in Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field
    •  Member of LSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
    •  Active in Halloween BOOzar and Christmas with the Tigers, working with underprivileged children
    •  Participated in Habitat for Humanity and American Cancer Society Relay for Life
    •  Created and coordinated “Geaux Givers Recruits”, serving as tour guides to middle school students to LSU’s campus and athletic facilities
    •  The New Orleans, La. native is the son of Mark and Kelly Rose.
     
    Courtney Alexander, Soccer (Female Davis Community Service Nominee)

    •  Earned a B.S. degree in Kinesiology in December 2010
    •  Two-time Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American All-District
    •  Dean’s List and SEC Academic Honor Roll member
    •  Three-year starter and 2010 team captain
    •  President of LSU’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter (2009-10)
    •  Helped organize fundraisers for Desire Street Ministries
    •  Volunteered with Lespwa means Hope, including mission trip to Haiti and organizing fundraising auction
    •  Served as mentor to children as part of Kid’s Hope USA
    •  The Liberty, Mo. native is the daughter of Ted and Dana Alexander
     
                    The SEC Office will be releasing each of its institution’s nominees periodically until the April 6 winners are announced.  The schedule is as follows:
                    Alabama – McWhorter:  Greg McElroy, football (male); Kayla Hoffman, gymnastics (female) / Davis:  Dan Armstrong, swimming & diving (male); Jessica Allaway, rowing (female).
                Arkansas – McWhorter:  Luke Laird, track & field (male); Michelle Stout, gymnastics (female) / Davis:  Chris Nott, tennis (male); Britni Williams, soccer (female).
                Auburn – McWhorter:  Dan Mazzaferro, swimming & diving (male); Erica Meissner, swimming & diving (female) / Davis:  Justin Hargett, baseball (male); Addison Ragsdale, soccer (female)
                Florida – McWhorter:  Michael Yuan, swimming & diving (male); Ali Crabb, track & field/cross country (female) / Davis:  Bobby Walsh, swimming & diving (male); Megan Bush, softball (female)
                Georgia – McWhorter:  Mark Dylla, swimming & diving (male); Chelsea Nauta, swimming & diving (female) / Davis:  Asaph Levy, track & field (male); Bridget Lyons, track & field/cross country (female)
                Kentucky – McWhorter:  Josh Nadzam, track & field (male); Lauren Rapp, volleyball (female) / Davis:  Marcus Davis, football (male); Samantha DeMartine, softball (female)
                LSU – McWhorter:  Sebastian Carlsson, tennis (male); Jane Trepp, swimming & diving (female) / Davis:  Kyle Rose, track & field (male) / Courtney Alexander, soccer (female)
                Ole Miss – March 28
                Miss. State – March 29
                South Carolina – March 30
                Tennessee – March 31
                Vanderbilt – April 1

     National Student-Athlete Day was created in 1987 by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports (NCAS) and Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society, and presented by the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

    National Student-Athlete Day is held each April 6 to celebrate outstanding student-athletes who have achieved excellence in academics and athletics while having made significant contributions to the community. It is also a time to recognize those parents, teachers, coaches and school systems which make it possible for young people to find the balance between academics and athletics.

     Each year, the SEC, in conjunction with AT&T, an SEC Corporate Champion sponsor, provides the league’s male and female McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients with a $15,000 post-graduate scholarship.  The 22 remaining male and female finalists for the award will also receive a $7,500 post-graduate scholarship.  The Davis Award recipients each receive a $6,000 post-graduate scholarship, provided by the SEC.  The 22 remaining male and female finalists for the award will also receive a $3,000 post-graduate scholarship.

    The award recipients are chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from the 12 SEC institutions and are honored at the SEC Spring Meetings in Sandestin, Fla. on June 3.

    Last year’s McWhorter Award recipients were Auburn swimmer Jordan Anderson and Tennessee track & field athlete Phoebe Wright.  The Davis Award recipients were Georgia track & field athlete John Egan and Auburn gymnast Krissy Voss.