BRISTOL, Tenn. – At the conclusion of the spring season, Conference Carolinas has announced their Scholar Athletes of the Year for the spring sports. King University student-athletes Elizabeth Swallow and Alex Martin earned the award first time in their careers. Swallow garnered the distinction in women's golf and Martin earned the selection in baseball.
Swallow, a Berkshire, England native had a solid campaign, earning second team All-Conference Carolinas honors, along with earning academic all-conference honors for the first time. Following her junior year, Swallow carries a 3.92 GPA while majoring in mathematics and biology.
On the course, she has been atop the King lineup since she stepped on campus, garnering all-conference honors all three seasons. This year she led the Tornado with a stroke average of 77.17 strokes per round while finished in the top 10 six times, including five top five finishes and one victory. She won the Pfeiffer University Invitational with a total score of one-over 145 after carding her low round of the season, even-par 72 in the first round. She earned two runner-up finishes on the year, first at the King University Invitational, and at the Converse Spring Invitational. For the third time in three tries, finished in the top 10 at the Conference Carolinas Championship, taking sixth and helped King to a second place finish.
A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Martin earned All-Conference Carolinas honors for the first time during his senior year, and was named to the academic all-conference team. This spring, he graduated from King with his MBA, carrying a 3.94 GPA.
Martin moved into a starting role this season and has tossed a pair of complete games, both coming in Conference Carolinas play. His first complete game came in a 9-1 victory at Limestone College before tossing his second complete game on Senior Day, a 4-1 win over Southern Wesleyan. On the season, he ranked ninth in the league in complete games and has tossed a total of 61 innings. Martin's 3.39 ERA ranked fourth in the conference, and his 2.70 ERA in Conference Carolinas games was tops in the league.
With Swallow and Martin earning Conference Carolinas Scholar Athlete of the Year honors, that brings the total number of King student-athletes to earn the distinction this year to five. The duo joins Payton Tipton (women's volleyball), Chelsea Bowling (women's basketball) and Logan Lyle (men's basketball).