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UGA alumna named SEC’s McWhorter Female Scholar-Athlete of Year

Former UGA swimmer Maddie Locus is the 2014-2015 Southeastern Conference H. Boyd McWhorter Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Chosen by a committee of faculty athletics representatives from SEC universities, she received a $15,000 post-graduate scholarship. The 26 remaining male and female finalists for the award—including UGA swimmer Nicolas Fink—each received a $7,500 post-graduate scholarship.

Locus is the eighth swimmer from UGA to earn SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, and UGA leads the list with 10 honorees since the award began in 1986.

Locus, who received the award May 28 during the SEC spring meeting in Destin, Florida, is splitting her summer doing “math research” at an Emory University internship and training for the World University Games, which will take place in July in South Korea.

A freestyle and butterfly sprinter from Sugarland, Texas, Locus graduated summa cum laude in 2014 with bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and Italian.