BATON ROUGE -- The Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes honored six LSU student-athletes for their academic achievements and community service for February.
Each month, five student-athletes are recognized for their academic improvement, dedication and proven ability. In addition, one student-athlete is chosen through LSU's Student-Athlete Affairs program for their volunteerism and commitment to the community.
February’s student-athletes of the month are Amber Carter [Swimming & Diving], Nate Fury [Baseball], Emma Hiller [Sand Volleyball], Justin Maclin [Football] and Gabrielle Otero [Women’s Tennis]. Christian LaCouture [Football] was selected as the Shaquille O'Neal Life Skills Program Student-Athlete of the Month.
Carter is majoring in sociology, while Fury, Maclin and LaCouture are sport administration majors. Hiller is majoring in textiles, apparel and merchandising, and Otero is a nutrition major.
A junior butterfly and freestyle swimmer from Houston, Texas, Carter is a two-time NCAA qualifier. On day one of the Houston quad meet, both her 200-meter and 400 freestyle relay teams took first place finishes. She also notched two individual first-place victories in the 100 fly and 50 freestyle. Carter was a part of the 200 medley relay team that secured an automatic qualifying time of 1:37.34 at the SEC Championships. She also was recognized at a recent men’s basketball game for achieving a 3.0 or higher GPA during the fall semester.
Fury, a pitcher from Harahan, La., has made a trio of scoreless appearances to begin his senior season. He’s allowed one hit and struck out three over his three innings of work. Last season, Fury saw action in 20 games. He tallied a career-best five strikeout during LSU’s 16-inning victory over Allabama. He was touched up for only two singles with no walks. He also earned SEC Academic Honor Roll honors in 2013.
A freshman sand volleyball player from Baton Rouge, La., Hiller is a member of LSU’s first sand volleyball team. She led her St. Joseph’s Academy team to four consecutive district championships as well as a spot in the quarterfinals of the 2012 state championships her senior season. She won her school’s Outstanding Setter Award three straight years as well as the SJA Coaches Award and All-District Honorable Mention honors in 2012.
Maclin, a junior defensive end from Memphis, Tenn., competed in five games during the 2013 season, recording two tackles against UAB and Furman. He has participated in numerous community service activities, including the Big Buddy Program’s Boyz II Men event where student-athletes teamed up with Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden to work with students of Dalton Elementary.
A freshman tennis player from Albuquerque, N.M., Otero kicked off the 2013-14 season for the Lady Tigers at the Coleman Vision Tennis Championships, a pro circuit event, and she tied teammate Ella Taylor for most singles victories during the fall season. During LSU’s matchup against USF in the ITA Kickoff, Otero secured victories in singles and doubles alongside partner Abigail Owens.
LaCouture, a defensive tackle from Lincoln, Neb., competed in all 13 games last season. As a freshman he tallied 11 tackles, one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss and received an LSU Newcomer Award. LaCouture participated in the recent Jump Rope for Heart event hosted by the American Heart Association at Dutchtown Primary School. He talked with students about maintaining a healthy lifestyle through exercise and proper nutrition before jumping rope with the students at a pep rally.
For putting forth extra effort in the classroom and community in addition to their rigorous academic and competition schedules, these six student-athletes will have their pictures displayed on the wall in the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes.