2019 Gamecock Gala: Which South Carolina student-athletes won awards?

2019 Gamecock Gala: Which South Carolina student-athletes won awards?

From staff reports | Photo courtesy of SC Athletics 

South Carolina Athletics held its annual Gamecock Gala on Monday at the Koger Center. The event honored the University’s student-athletes for their accomplishments during the 2018-19 campaign. SEC Network’s Alyssa Lang, a South Carolina alum, was the featured emcee.

The winner of the President’s Award was decorated beach volleyball standout Shannon Williams. She is the team’s active career wins leader, with 75. She currently has a program-record 43 career victories at number one, more than the second-and third-ranked Gamecocks combined and is just the second Gamecock all-time to reach 75 career wins.

Williams helped lead South Carolina to the eight-team NCAA Championship bracket in each of the last two seasons. This season she and her partner have 16 victories, including highlight wins over No. 2 Southern Cal and No. 18 Georgia State. She holds an outstanding GPA, has earned numerous academic accolades and is also an outstanding example of leadership through her community outreach events and her involvement on SAAC each of the last two years.

Complete list of award winners for the 2019 Gamecock Gala:

SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Award Nominees: Emma Barksdale (swimming and diving), Fynn Minuth (swimming and diving)

SEC Brad Davis Community Service Award Nominees: Allie Mueller (track and field/cross country), Jack Smith (swimming and diving)

Freshmen of the Year: Jana Johns (softball), A.J. Lawson (basketball)

New Student-Athlete of the Year: Wadeline Jonathas (track and field)

Scholar Athletes of the Year: Ingrid Martins (tennis), Cody Bekemeyer (swimming and diving)

Athletes of the Year: Aliyah Abrams (track and field), Fynn Minuth (swimming and diving)

Dodie Academic MVP Award: Chris Silva (basketball)

Impact Team of the Year: Beach volleyball

Inspiration Award: Will Miles (golf)

Gamecock Leadership Award: Simone Wark (women’s soccer/track and field)

President’s Award: Shannon Williams (beach volleyball)

Athletes of the Year: Aliyah Abrams (track and field), Fynn Minuth (swimming and diving)