LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Four Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference programs were recognized by the league as the 2018-19 Winter Sportsmanship Teams in their respective sports.
The SCAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee instituted the award prior to the 2016-17 academic year in an effort to honor the team that best portrays good sportsmanship and fair play from the players and coaches during the season. The winter awards are presented in men's and women's basketball and men's and women's swimming and diving.
In swimming and diving, Southwestern University swept the team sportsmanship honors on both the men's and women's side. The Pirate men were the top choice with Centenary College finishing second and Colorado College third. For the women, Southwestern earned top honors followed closely by Colorado College in second place. Austin College was third in the balloting.
In men's basketball, Colorado College took top sportsmanship honors, followed by Centenary in second and Austin College in third.
In women's basketball, Texas Lutheran University earned its second consecutive SAAC team sportsmanship award, with Johnson & Wales University and Colorado College earning second and third place, respectively, in the voting.
Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference 2018-19 Winter Team Sportsmanship Award
Men's Basketball: Colorado College
Women's Basketball: Texas Lutheran University
Men's Swimming & Diving: Southwestern University
Women's Swimming & Diving: Southwestern University
The awards were voted on by each member institution's SAAC, with each individual group ranking the top three teams in each sport. The first place selections were awarded five points, second place earned three points and third place earned one point. Points were then totaled to select the conference's overall winner.