Southern Wesleyan Hosts 13th Annual SWUPY Awards

Southern Wesleyan Hosts 13th Annual SWUPY Awards

Central, SC – Central, S.C. - Southern Wesleyan University hosted its thirteenth annual SWUPYs show April 23 as 47 different awards and gifts were handed out.  For the second consecutive year the award show was sponsored by Founders Federal Credit Union.

The SWUPY for Male and Female Team Community Service went to the Men's and Women's Golf Teams.

Southern Wesleyan continued the kick-off of the 13th SWUPYs with the presentation of a new award.  The Spirit of the Warrior Award honors the legacy of service to SWU and Warrior Athletics.  It was given posthumously to P.B. Wood, and was accepted by his son Andrew Wood and the Wood family.  The award reads: Beyond years yet to come, we honor those who gave their best.  For hands that served, hearts that loved, minds that challenged, and faith that lifted us heavenward to soar higher as eagles.  The original plaque of the Spirit of the Warrior can be found in the Square mounted within the Eagle monument.

The SWUPY for Female Newcomer went to Lydia Clanton. Clanton has played in 36 games for the Softball team this spring. She was named to Conference Carolinas All-Conference First Team and the Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year.  The freshman second baseman led the Warriors with six home runs, two triples and 10 doubles while posting a .406 batting average. The SWUPY for Male Newcomer went to Peyton Shelton. Shelton led the Warriors in the Conference Carolinas Cross Country Championship this fall as he took fifteenth place with a time of 26:46.9 to earn a spot on the All-Conference Third Team and set a new school record.  He continued to impress in Track and Field as he has set new school records in the Indoor 3000 Meters with a time of 9:03.76 and the Outdoor 5K with a time of 16:12.78.

The SWUPY for Production Team Member of the Year went to Dallas Collins for her contribution to the production of the 2019 SWUPYs Award Show.

The SWUPY for Jazz Member of the Year went to Jose Carrasco.

The Scholar-Athlete Team recognized the athlete from each sport with the highest GPA over the past two semesters. The members of that group include:

Bowen Brock (Baseball)

Zalan Richards (Men's Basketball)

KatyBeth Rentz (Women's Basketball)

Mason Sims (Men's Cross Country)

Anne-Marie Martin (Women's Cross Country)

Davis Hendricks (Volleyball)

Jacob Cashour (Men's Soccer)

Emily Corriher (Women's Soccer)

Johnny Bogert (Men's Track and Field)

Haley McLaughlin (Women's Track and Field)

Kali Berrigan (Softball)

Thomas Nielsen (Men's Golf)

Emily Anderson (Women's Golf)

Kristi Cooper (Women's Tennis)

The SWUPY for Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year finished in a four-way tie.  The award was presented to Anne-Marie Martin, Emily Corriher, Kali Berrigan and Haley McLaughlin.  The SWUPY for Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year went to Jacob Cashour.

The SWUPY for Female Performance of the Year was presented to Emily Waters of the Women's Basketball for the performance she had in the 79-74 victory over the King Tornado on senior night.  Waters led the Warriors with 28 points in the victory over the Tornado.  She secured a double-double for the game as she posted 10 rebounds.  She went on to have two assists and two blocks in the season-ending victory.  The SWUPY for Male Performance of the Year ended in a tie as both Sawyer Price in Baseball and Eric Shea in Men's Golf walked away with an award.  Sawyer Price came in clutch for the Warriors in the ninth inning walk-off 16-15 victory over the Emmanuel Lions.  Down seven runs in the ninth inning, Price came into the game as a pinch hitter.  The junior singled in his first at bat and eventually came in to score on a single by Ty King Richards.  The Warriors continued to battle as they brought several more runs in to close the gap on the Lions of Emmanuel.  Needing three more runs to score and with the bases loaded, Price came to the plate for the second time in the inning and hit a bases clearing double to bring Quinton Bent, Kole Rogers and Tanner Glass in and allow the Warriors to win 16-15.  Eric Shea took first place in the Anderson Invitational this past fall.  After starting the tournament with a first round score of 73, Shea battled back with a second round score of 66 to put him five under par and give him a 139 total round score.

The Dr. C. Keith Conner Spirit Award went to Religion professor Brent Dongell.

The SWUPY for Male Academic Team of the Year went to the Men's Tennis team and the SWUPY for the Female Academic Team of the Year went to the Women's Golf team.

Nine intramural awards were given out including 2018 Co-Ed Ultimate Frisbee Champions, 2018 Co-Ed Soccer Champions, 2018 Flag Football Champions, 2018 8-Ball Pool, 2018 Madden Champion, 2019 Basketball Champions, 2019 Co-Ed Sand Volleyball Champions, 2019 Ping Pong Champion and 2019 Chess Master.

The SWUPY for Male and Female Team Community Service went to the Men's and Women's Golf Teams.

The Mary Will Thomas Award went to the Atcheson Family for their support to the SWU community.

The Female Athlete of the Year Award went to Mycherie Onwuzuruike of Women's Track and Field. Onwuzuruike led the Warriors in the Conference Carolinas Indoor Championship as she set a new school record in the long jump with a jump of 5.81 meters, to be named 16th in the nation. The Male Athlete of the Year Award went to Jalen Lowery of Men's Basketball.  Lowery started in all 28 games for the Warriors and led the Warriors with 468 total points.  The sophomore shot 37.5% from the field and 34.4% from beyond the three point line.  He continued to lead the team with 102 rebounds, 55 assists and 49 steals.

The SWUPY for the Fan of the Year was given to John Bolton.  Bolton is the owner of John Bolton Photography.  He takes all of the Warriors head shots and action shots.  He is regularly seen at all the athletic venues, helping us make our Warriors look their best.

The Courage Award was presented to Madalynn Crawford, a junior Women's Basketball and Lacrosse player at Southern Wesleyan.

The SWUPY for Male Fall Team of the Year went to the Men's Cross Country team and the SWUPY for the Female Fall Team of the Year went to the Women's Soccer team.  The SWUPY for Male Spring Team of the Year went to Men's Track and Field and the SWUPY for the Female Spring Team of the Year went to the Softball team.

The SWUPY for Mr. Warrior was presented to Josh Core from Baseball and the SWUPY for Ms. Warrior was presented to Holly Richardson from Volleyball.

During the show, all of the graduating seniors receiving a watch with the Southern Wesleyan athletics logo on it and a Bible from the athletics department.

The show concluded with a special ceremony to induct current Vice President of Student Life, Dr. Joe Brockinton in to the Athletics Hall-of-Fame.  Dr. Brockinton announced his intention to retire at the conclusion of the current academic year.  He has served the Warrior community since 2006 and will complete 13 years of service in June of 2019.  During his tenure, the university has experienced significant growth and development.  Beyond the list of accomplishments, Dr. Joe Brockinton was and will continue to be a Warrior at heart.  He has been a loyal fan of the Athletics teams, student-athletes and coaches.  He is often seen sitting on the hill at soccer and lacrosse games, helping to count laps at CC/Track and field meets, by the dugout at the softball field, in the stands at the volleyball and basketball games and in the bleachers at the baseball field.  For the past 13 years Dr. Joe Brockinton has led the charge of TeamSWU!  Dr. Brockinton enters the SWU Athletic hall of Fame after serving the university and the department of athletics as an administrator, coach and friend for the past 13 years.