CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern senior Alex Tomasovich was named as the 2014 recipient of the Hunter Cup, presented to CSU's top student-athlete and seniors Ross Thomson and Alexandra Walters were named the 2013-2014 Male and Female Athletes of the Year, highlighting CSU's Athletic Awards Dinner held on Monday night on the CSU campus. Senior Laura Grace Swindler was named the winner of the R.L. Wynn Christian Leadership Award, and junior Jason Sauder was named the Michael Frost Christian Athlete Award recipient.
Tomasovich will receive his award at CSU commencement due to his excelling in the area of Christian leadership, community service, athletics and academics. As an undergraduate student, Tomasovich graduated in three-and-a-half years with a 3.73 GPA as a business administration major. He has continued in the Master of Business Administration program as a graduate student, and has been named a CSU Scholar Athlete seven times, a Dean's List winner five times, and three times has been selected to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll. On the field, Tomasovich is third in career hits as a Buc and is also among CSU leaders in doubles.
Thomson, a four year letter winner on the men's golf team, became CSU's career leader in rounds played with 120, eagles with 14, and birdies with 313 in his senior season, capping off a career in which he has rewritten the CSU record books. He has fired 37 rounds of tournament golf at par or better and has accomplished three top-12 finishes this season. Thomson has also highlighted his career with a sixth place finish at the 2012 Big South Conference Championship, which earned him All-Conference accolades.
Walters continues to make her mark in the Charleston Southern women's tennis career record books during her senior season as the Adelaide, Australia, native has posted a career record of 46-22 in singles action, with an impressive 27-3 mark in Big South Conference play. She is a three-time Big South Conference Flight Champion, including going an impressive 9-0 in conference singles play on court no. 3 this season. Her overall career doubles record includes a 45-29 record, 26-5 in Big South play including earning All-Conference doubles honors and Flight Champion honors in each of the last two seasons with teammate Yvonne Hubler. She is also a 2012 Big South All-Academic Team selection.
Walters and the No. 72 Charleston Southern women's tennis team are in action this weekend in the 2014 Big South Conference Championship match as the Bucs host Winthrop on Saturday afternoon, with doubles play set to begin at 1 p.m.
Senior Laura Grace Swindler was named the winner of the R.L. Wynn Christian Leadership Award. A senior from Lexington, S.C., Swindler receives the award for the second year in a row after a distinguished career where she played in 76 matches and 170 career sets in the CSU Blue and Gold. She finishes her career with 170 career digs and 189 set assists, while serving as a leader both in the classroom and on the court. She has been influential in her four years on the CSU campus, serving as a true Christian leader among all her surroundings and has been seen as a positive force in making an impact on both her teammates and the CSU community.
Jason Sauder, a junior golfer from Mount Joy, Pa., earned the Michael Frost Christian Athlete Award. A team leader who exudes a positive attitude at practice each and every day, Sauder has been an uplifting presence for Head Coach Mike Wilson and the Bucs. Sauder has helped develop teammates personally and spiritually, as he has led several to Christ.