Asia Seidt Named SEC Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year

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University of Kentucky swimmer Asia Seidt has been named the female recipient of the 2019-20 Southeastern Conference H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey announced Tuesday.

LSU basketball player Skylar Mays joins Seidt as the male recipient of the honor.

The two were chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from SEC universities and each will receive a $20,000 post-graduate scholarship. The honorees were chosen from student-athletes across all SEC sports.

“The Boyd McWhorter Award is the highest achievement the Southeastern Conference can bestow on a student-athlete,” said Mitch Barnhart, UK Director of Athletics. “Asia Seidt embodies the characteristics of elite-level achievement in every area of life. There is no one more fitting to receive this award than Asia. Her accomplishments, leadership and dedication exemplify the principles of the student-athlete. We have been incredibly proud and honored to have her wear the Blue and White and excited to see the great things she will continue to do on her journey.”

Seidt is the most decorated student-athlete of all time in the UK swimming and diving program. The Louisville, Kentucky, native has earned more All-America honors, NCAA Championship podium finishes, SEC Championship medals and All-SEC First Team selections than any UK swimmer or diver, man or woman, that has come before her.

“I am so honored to receive the Boyd McWhorter scholarship,” Asia Seidt said. “The Southeastern Conference includes some of the most elite athletes in the world, and it has been incredible to be a part of the program for the past four years. I want to thank the athletic department, my coaches and my professors for giving me the opportunity to compete and study at the collegiate level. This scholarship will allow me to continue my education and pursue a career in the medical field. Finally, I want to thank my teammates that have supported me every step of the way.”

In her years at Kentucky, the Louisville native has collected 21 All-America honors, 15 SEC Championship medals, eight NCAA Championship podium finishes, four conference titles, one USA Swimming Summer Nationals gold medal and one World University Games silver medal. Seidt holds five individual school records, was twice named to the USA Swimming National Team, twice qualified for Team USA Olympic Trials, was three times named to the All-SEC First Team, is the 2019 ELITE 90 recipient, 2019 SEC Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipient and the 2019 Arthur Ashe Female Sports Scholar of the Year recipient.

“She embodies everything it means to be an elite student-athlete,” said head coach Lars Jorgensen. “She has excelled in all areas and has been such a great representative of our team and athletic department. It’s been a rewarding four years, and now she will leave a legacy on our program.”

The summa cum laude graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology will attend the UK’s Physical Therapy Graduate Program this fall, while she expects to train for the 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials.

Asia Seidt is the first swimmer to win the award since Anton McKee and Sarah Gibson won in 2017.

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