ATLANTA, Ga. –The Southern Athletic Association (SAA) announced the 2012-13 SAA Man and Woman of the Year presented by Summit Management Group and Sewanee’s Phillip Link and Jenny Liles claimed the league’s top awards.
The SAA Man and Woman of the Year presented by Summit Management Corporation are the highest honors the league bestows, and a luncheon will be held June 8 at the Atlanta Fish Market in Buckhead to celebrate the recipients and their families. Link and Liles of Sewanee are the first recipients of the prestigious honor and they each perfectly embody the spirit of the award with their incredible contributions to the Sewanee campus.
Link, of Atlanta, Georgia, holds three school and SAA records and was an eight-time All-Conference selection. This past season, Link led Sewanee to a close second-place finish at the 2013 SAA Championships and was First-Team All-SAA honoree. A four-time qualifier for the NCAA Championships, Link earned NCAA All-American honors in the men's 100 and 200 Breaststroke events in 2011-12. A two-time Academic All-American, Link has compiled a stellar cumulative GPA as a biochemistry major. He also serves as the President of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society and as the Vice-President of Alpha Epsilon Delta National Medical Society. Link is a member of the Order of Gownsmen, a Presidential Scholar, and serves as the treasurer of the Chi Psi Fraternity. Earlier this month, Link was awarded a prestigious postgraduate NCAA scholarship.
Liles, of Little Rock, Arkansas, continues an incredible athletic and academic career on the campus of Sewanee. She is a four-time All-Conference First Team selection and continues her playing career as part of a doubles duo with her younger sister in the NCAA Championships later this month. On the same day she was guiding Sewanee to a second round NCAA Tournament victory last Saturday, Liles was also named Valedictorian of the University of the South. She has also been named a Benedict Scholar (highest merit scholarship) and is president of both Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Delta Epsilon. Liles offers herself to the community as a member of the Arcadian (admissions tour guide) and is a member of the Order of the Gownsman. So respected by her peers, Liles was selected Homecoming Queen by the student body.
In a joint effort to honor the Southern Athletic Association’s most elite student-athletes, Summit Management Corporation and the SAA partnered last fall to create the annual SAA Man and Woman of the Year. The awards, selected by a committee comprised of Summit Management and SAA representatives, are given to the senior class male and female nominees who best exemplify traits of leadership, character, athletic and academic success.
The criteria for SAA Man and Woman of the Year nominees included that they must be a senior with no eligibility remaining, they must have been named either First or Second Team All-SAA in the sport in which in the participated during their athletic careers, and they must have qualified for the SAA Academic Honor Roll during their tenure as a student-athlete. Additionally, SAA Man and Woman of the Year candidates are expected to be involved in their local community in some meaningful way.
Sewanee sports information contributed to this report
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