Crouch Repeats As SSC Male Athlete of the Year, Swan Named SSC Male Scholar Athlete of the Year
WINTER PARK - Florida Southern golfer Tim Crouch and swimmer Robbie Swan capped off their stellar senior campaigns on Thursday by taking home two of the top individual awards for the 2013-14 school year given out by the Sunshine State Conference as Crouch was named the SSC Male Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive year, while Swan was tabbed as the SSC Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Crouch and Swan were chosen for their respective awards in a vote conducted among athletic directors, senior women's administrators, SIDs and faculty athletic representatives from all nine of the SSC's member institutions. The schools ADs, SWAs, SIDs and FARs weren't allowed to vote for the nominee from their institution.
With his SSC Male Athlete of the Year honor, it marks the fifth consecutive year and 15th time in the in the 27 year history of the award that a Moccasin has won the honor as before Crouch won the past two awards, former men's swimmer Jeb Halfacre won the award in both 2011 and 2012 and former men's golfer Matt Stauch won the honor in 2010. In addition to becoming the fifth consecutive Moccasin to win the award, Crouch also becomes the sixth Moc golfer to earn the award and the seventh golfer overall to earn this prestigious honor from the league.
Other Mocs who have been named SSC Male Athlete of the Year include baseball player Nick Diyorio (2004-05), men's golfer Steve Sokol (2000-01), men's golfer Jeff Klauk (1999-00), baseball player B.J. Leach (1998-99), men's golfer John Curley (1995-96), baseball player Brett Tomko (1994-95), baseball player James Vida (1993-94), basketball player Derek Flowers (1990-91), basketball player Kris Kearney (1988-89) and basketball player Jerry Johnson (1987-88).
Swan becomes just the third male student-athlete and the sixth overall winner from Florida Southern in the 19 year history of the award that was started in 1995-96. Additionally, Swan is also the first swimmer, either male or female, to win the Scholar Athlete of the Year Award from the league.
Other Mocs who have been named as the Male Scholar Athlete of the Year include tennis player Ryan Dunne (2002-03) and men's basketball player Shanaka Weerasooriya (1995-96). Three Moccasin female student-athletes have also been named the Female Scholar Athlete of the Year and those winners are softball player Karlyn Scott (Softball), softball player Megan Brown (2006-07) and softball player Katie Wolfe (2001-02).
Crouch, who is a native of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, repeats as the SSC Male Athlete of the Year after winning the 2014 NCAA Division II Men's Golf individual national title for a second consecutive season. At the NCAA D-II National Championships held at the Meadows at Grand Valley State, Crouch shot an even-par 213 for 54 holes to win by one stroke over Barry's Adam Svensson and two strokes in front of third place Santiago Gomez of Nova Southeastern. With his second straight national championship, Crouch is the eighth Moccasin to win an individual national title and first to ever win back-to-back. In addition, he is just the third D-II men's golfer to ever win back-to-back national titles as Valdosta State's Briny Baird won consecutive titles in 1994 and 1995, while Tampa's Jeff Leonard won in 1987 and 1988 and the fourth to win multiple national title as Cal State-Chico's J.J. Jakovac won titles in 2002 and 2004.
He advanced to the NCAA D-II National Championships in Allendale, Mich., after taking home medalist honors at the NCAA D-II South/Southeast Super Regional at the Savannah Quarters Golf Club in Pooler, Ga. At the super regional, Crouch shot a six-under par 210 to win to earn a spot in the national championships as an individual qualifier. He won the super regional by one shot over Saint Leo's Ryan Gendron, who also qualified for nationals as an individual.
On the season, Crouch was named a repeat First-Team PING/GCAA All-American, a repeat First-Team PING All-South Region honoree and a repeat First-Team All-SSC selection and also repeated as both the 2014 Polk County Male Collegiate Athlete of the Year and the Hal Smeltzly Award winner, which is given annually to FSC's outstanding male and female student-athletes. In addition to his success on the golf course, Crouch was also recognized for his efforts in the classroom as he is set to be named to the SSC Spring Commissioner's Honor Roll for the fourth time and was named a Third-Team Capital One Division II Academic All-America At Large selection and he was also named a Capital One Division II Academic All-District At Large honoree for District 5.
This past season, Crouch led the Mocs with a 71.97 scoring average in 32 rounds and 11 tournaments as he won two tournaments and two other Top 5 finishes. He had 18 rounds of par or better golf, including a season-low round of 66 in the second round of the AFLAC/Cougar Invitational hosted by Columbus State University and had three of the lowest rounds on the team this past season. He was the team's top finisher in seven of 11 events, including all four fall tournaments. Won his final two tournaments of his collegiate career and over the past two seasons, he has won five tournaments, including two this season.
Swan earns the SSC Male Scholar Athlete of the Year honor after recording a 3.86 cumulative grade point average in business and repeating as a First-Team Capital One Division II Academic All-American At Large selection and also earned Capital One Division II Academic All-District At Large honors for the second straight year. He is a three-time CSCAA Scholar All-American, a four-time member of the SSC Commissioner's Honor Roll and a two-time NCAA Division II ADA Academic Achievement Award. In addition, he was the winner of the Elite 89 Award at the 2013 NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving National Championships and was a two-time winner of the Pat McFadden Award, which is given annually to the top male and female student-athlete at Florida Southern.
Along with his accolades in the classroom, the Snellville, Ga., native, was a key figure on the Mocs 2014 NCAA Division II National runner-up team. At the NCAA D-II National Finals in Geneva, Ohio, Swan, who earned Second-Team All-SSC honors this season and was named the SSC co-Swimmer of the Year, picked up six All-American awards while participating in a total of six events at this year's national championships. He was the anchor on the Mocs national runner-up 400-free relay team and posted five individual wins this season, including posting four wins in the 100 freestyle.
Swan was also the runner-up in the 50 free at this year's SSC Championships and the at the 2014 NCAA National Championships, Swan placed third in the 100 and fourth in the 50 free and swan anchor on three of FSC's relay teams. In his career at FSC, Swan earned a total of 16 All-American certificates and was a member on the Mocs national champion 200 free relay team in 2013. He holds the school record in the 50 free (20.05) and also holds the school record in the 100 free (44.12) and is a member of two school record setting relay teams.
Along with Crouch and Swan, the league also named three other award winner on Thursday as Lynn junior women's golfer Jessica Bradley was named the SSC Female Athlete of the Year, while Lynn senior women's golfer Ellen Chambers was named the SSC Female Scholar Athlete of the Year and was also chosen as the SSC's NCAA Woman of the Year nominee.