May 18, 2021

H. Boyd McWhorter Student-Athletes of the Year Announced

By: SEC Staff
SECU (Twitter: @TheSECU)

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (May 18, 2021) – Florida women’s swimming team member Savanna Faulconer and Jon Bishop of the Texas A&M men’s track & field and cross country team have been named the 2020-21 Southeastern Conference H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athletes of the Year, Commissioner Greg Sankey announced on Tuesday.

The two were chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from SEC universities and each will receive a $20,000 post-graduate scholarship.

“Savanna and Jon are outstanding representatives of student-athletes from across the SEC. They both achieved excellence in their competitive and academic pursuits, which represents the highest level of success through their experiences as student-athletes,” Sankey said. “The H. Boyd McWhorter Award is the highest honor earned by a student-athlete in the SEC and I congratulate both of them along with their families and universities on their outstanding achievements, especially during the unique circumstances presented by the last 14 months.”

The McWhorter Award adds to a long list of academic and athletic achievements for Faulconer, a Greenville, S.C., native. Faulconer, who majored in microbiology and cell science with a minor in educational sciences and pathogenesis, boasts a 3.93 grade-point average and graduated with Cum Laude honors earlier this month. The swimmer, who plans to attend medical school, currently serves as an intern with Shands Clinical Microbiology Lab and credits that experience as the reason for desire to become a pathologist. During her time at Florida, Faulconer was a four-time CSCAA First Team Scholastic All American and was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll all four years she competed with the Gators (2017-2020). She was ranked in the top 16 at nationals in the 400 IM and was awarded All-American status in 2020. Additionally, she was awarded the UF Swimming and Diving Most Valuable Player Award after she placed 19th in the 400 IM for the Gators at the 2017 NCAA National Championships. Her fastest 400 IM time came at the 2019 SEC Championships, where she placed first in the B-final and ninth overall with a time of 4:06.59. That time ranks sixth on UF’s All-time list. In her final year with the Gators, Faulconer was team captain and helped lead UF to a second-place finish at the 2020 SEC Championships.

Bishop has been a success story on the field of competition and in the classroom. The College Station, Texas, native was the 2020 SEC Indoor and Outdoor Scholar Athlete of the Year. He also earned USTFCCCA Academic All-America Second Team honors. In total, he has been named to

the SEC Academic Honor Roll on six occasions. In competition, Bishop was a NCAA Cross Country Championships qualifier in 2017. He is a two-time All-SEC finisher, once in the indoor 3000m and once in cross country. Bishop has four Texas A&M all-time top-12 marks to his name, including the fourth-best indoor 3000m at 8:06.53. Already a graduate with his bachelor’s in Applied Mathematical Sciences, Bishop is currently pursuing his master’s in computer science.

The 13 female finalists: Alba Cortina Pou, Alabama (Tennis); Kayla McKeon, Arkansas (Soccer); Terri-June Granger, Auburn (Equestrian); Caroline Chipman, Georgia (Soccer); Avery Skinner, Kentucky (Volleyball); Nicole Decker, LSU (Beach Volleyball); Abigail Buesseler, Ole Miss (Rifle); Elanor Grimwood, Mississippi State (Golf); Amanda Smith, Missouri (Swimming); Kelsey Oh, South Carolina (Softball); Chelsea Seggern, Tennessee (Softball); Camille Conner, Texas A&M (Volleyball); Christina Rosca, Vanderbilt (Tennis).

The 13 male finalists: Sam DiSette, Alabama (Swimming); Grant Morgan, Arkansas (Football); Cade Antonucci, Auburn (Track & Field); Cole Johnson, Florida (Track & Field); Davis Thompson, Georgia (Golf); Allen Hamilton, Kentucky (Golf); Braden Nyboer, LSU (Swimming); Cotter Wilson, Ole Miss (Tennis); Daniel Martinez, Mississippi State (Golf); Carter Grimes, Missouri (Swimming); John (Jack) Parrott, South Carolina (Golf); Matthew Butler, Tennessee (Football); Cameron Robinson, Vanderbilt (Football).

Past recipients:

1986 – John Young, Tennessee (track) and Virginia Diederich, Georgia (swimming)

1987 – Jeff Noblin, Ole Miss (football) and Julie Estin, Alabama (gymnastics)

1988 – Danny Hoskins, Ole Miss (football) and Linda Leith, Georgia (swimming)

1989 – Mikael Olander, LSU (track) and Deanne Burnett, Georgia (swimming)

1990 – Burke Masters, Mississippi State (baseball) and Janice Kerr, Florida (gymnastics)

1991 – Al Parker, Georgia (tennis) and Patty Wiegand, Tennessee (track and cross country)

1992 – Jeff Laubenthal, Alabama (baseball) and Jenifer Kleyn, Auburn (volleyball)

1993 – Lang Wiseman, Tennessee (basketball) and Aimee York, Mississippi State (volleyball)

1994 – Peter Duitsman, South Carolina (soccer) and Tammy Newlon, Mississippi State (basketball)

1995 – Michael Blanchard, LSU (football) and April Ecke, Mississippi State (cross country)

1996 – Martin Nyberg, LSU (swimming) and Michelle Palmisano, Vanderbilt (basketball)

1997 – Andrew DeVooght, Georgia (swimming) and Meredith Willard, Alabama (gymnastics)

1998 – Jeremy Jackson, Mississippi State (baseball) and Shani Abshier, South Carolina (volleyball)

1999 – Jeff Zurcher, Kentucky (football) and Jessica Field, Arkansas (volleyball)

2000 – Joey Pitts, Georgia (tennis) and Lisette Lee, LSU (golf)

2001 – Scott Westerfield, Mississippi State (football) and Kim Black, Georgia (swimming)

2002 – Trey Dyson, South Carolina (baseball) and Tiffany Woolley, Arkansas (softball)

2003 – Matt Bonner, Florida (basketball) and Kristin Sterner, Alabama (gymnastics)

2004 – Caesar Garcia, Auburn (swimming & diving) and Lauren Imwalle, Alabama (soccer)

2005 – Rob Robertson, Ole Miss (football) and Lauryn McCalley, Tennessee (swimming & diving)

2006 – Rudy Niswanger, LSU (football) and Sarah Lowe, Florida (basketball)

2007 – Emeel Salem, Alabama (baseball) and Erika Schneble, Vanderbilt (track & field)

2008 – Joseph Sykora, Alabama (golf) and Kristen Hastrup, Auburn (swimming & diving)

2009 – Bram ten Berge, Ole Miss (tennis) and Christine Magnuson, Tennessee (swimming & diving)

2010 – Jordan Anderson, Auburn (swimming & diving) and Phoebe Wright, Tennessee (track & field)

2011 – Dan Mazzaferro, Auburn (swimming & diving) and Erica Meissner, Auburn (swimming & diving)

2012 – Michael Roth, South Carolina (baseball) and Wendy Trott, Georgia (swimming & diving)

2013 – Barrett Jones, Alabama (football) and Chelsea Oswald, Kentucky (track & field/cross country)

2014 – Cory Whitsett, Alabama (golf) and Shannon Vreeland, Georgia (swimming)

2015 – Nathanael Franks, Arkansas (track & field) and Maddie Locus, Georgia (swimming)

2016 – Forrest Gamble, Ole Miss (golf) and Haylie McCleney, Alabama (softball)

2017 – Anton McKee, Alabama (swimming) and Sarah Gibson, Texas A&M (swimming)

2018 – Parker Henry, Tennessee (football) and Kelly Quinn, LSU (volleyball)

2019 – Nathan Hite, Texas A&M (track & field) and Kristin Quah, Vanderbilt (bowling)

2020 – Skylar Mays, LSU (basketball) and Asia Seidt, Kentucky (swimming)