BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Swimming and Diving’s Timmy Dasinger along with soccer’s Natalie Ieyoub are LSU’s nominees for the SEC Brad Davis Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship announced Tuesday by the league office.
In total, 28 SEC student-athletics – one male and one female from each of the SEC’s 14 institutions, are candidates for the prestigious award which will be announced on Friday, April 4. Last year’s Davis Award recipients were LSU’s Cullen Doody and Alabama’s Leigh Gilmore, both cross country and track & field student-athletes.
Dasinger is a team leader who earned the program’s annual Stripes Award for his contributions in the pool, classroom and community. He was a 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Qualifier and two-year team captain for LSU, where he ranks eighth all-time in school history in the 200 butterfly.
Dasinger also secured a spot on the 2012 SEC Swimming and Diving Community Service Team and is a member of LSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He has been active in the community making hospital visits and participating in Habitat for Humanity builds. The Madison, Miss., native is expected to graduate with a B.S. degree in kinesiology in May 2013.
Ieyoub was a member of the soccer program, a four-time recipient of the Tiger Cup for community service, academics and SEC finish, and was the 2009-10 winner of the Volunteer Cup, the LSU team award for community service. Individually, she was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District second team, a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and initiated into the Chi Alpha Sigma National Collegiate Athlete Honor Society.
A member of LSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and two-time SEC Community Service team recipient, Ieyoub is involved with Kids Hope USA, an organization that matches mentors with an at-risk elementary child for an hour each week. The Lake Charles native earned a B.A. degree in international studies and environmental development with minors in disaster science and economics in December 2012.
The Davis Award recipients each receive a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship, provided by the SEC. The 26 remaining male and female finalists for the award will also receive a $5,000 post-graduate scholarship.
The SEC Community Service Award is named for Brad Davis, who succumbed to cancer on March 2, 2006. He had been a member of the SEC staff since 1988, first serving as an assistant commissioner until 1994 when he was promoted to associate commissioner.
The award recipients are chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from the 14 SEC institutions and are honored at the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin, Fla. on May 30.