Whitney Avers
Whitney Avers

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Arnold, Md.

High School:
Broadneck

Height:
5-6

Event:
Free/Fly/IM


  • 2013 SEC Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year finalist
  • 2013 SEC Community Service Team

2012-13 - Served as one of the team's captains...South Carolina's female nominee for the SEC Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year...Swam in all but one regular-season meet...Competed in the 500 freestyle, 1,650 freestyle and the 400 IM at the SEC Championships...Scored points for the Gamecocks at the SEC Championships with a 22nd-place finish in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 17:00.28, which was the Gamecocks' fastest time of the season...Had the third fastest time on the team in the 500 freestyle (4:58.89) and posted the fifth fastest time in the 400 IM (4:32.23)...Won two races on the season, both in the 500 freestyle...Leaves South Carolina with the fourth fastest time in the 200 butterfly in school history (2:00.20) and the ninth fastest mark in the 400 IM (4:22.36)...Named to the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll...Received SEC Community Service Team honors.

2011-12 - Competed in every regular season meet and at the SEC Championships...Scored points at the SEC Championship with a 12th-place finish in the 200 butterfly with a mark of 2:01.30, which was the second fasted time on the team...Posted a personal record of 4:53.57 in the 500 freestyle to finish 19th at the SEC Championships, with the time being the fastest on the team for the season...Won one race on the season, claiming first against rival Clemson (2:04.89)...Had team's fourth fastest time in the 400 IM with a mark of 4:22.54 at the SEC Championships...Also swam the 200 freestyle, 200 breaststroke and 100 butterfly during the season...Qualified to compete at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200-meter butterfly...Finished 118th with a time of 2:21.03...Named to the SEC Winter Academic Honor Roll.

2010-11 - Put together a strong sophomore campaign...Earned first career NCAA `B' cut in 200 butterfly with time of 2:00.20 at SEC Championships, finishing 11th and scoring six points for Carolina...Was top time by a Gamecock in that event for the season and ranks third in school history...Had strong performances in all of her events...Has team's third-best 500 freestyle time (4:54.86)... Third-best Gamecock time in both 1000 free (10:16.17 vs. UNC Wilmington) and 400 IM (4:22.36 at SEC Championships)...Her 400 IM time ranks eighth in South Carolina history...Totaled seven individual wins on the season...Won four times in 200 fly...Had multiple wins vs. Kentucky/Charleston, East Carolina and UNC Wilmington...Part of top 400 FR (3:23.16) and 800 FR (7:19.66) teams that both earned `B' cuts at SEC Championships.

2009-10 - Competed at SEC Championships in 500 free, 400 IM and 200 fly... Posted the Gamecocks' best time in the 400 IM (4:25.48) at SEC Championships... Had the team's third-best time in 500 free (4:57.49)... Turned in the second-best 200 fly time for Carolina (2:04.06)...Won three races on the year, taking first in the 200 fly vs. Clemson, 800 free vs. College of Charleston and 400 IM vs. Duke... One of five Gamecocks to win multiple races during the season... Named to SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll.

PRE-COLLEGE - Graduated from Broadneck High School...Coach was Colleen Winans...2008 county champion in the 500 free...Regional champion in 200 IM in 2008...Was on the 2008 all-county team...Team MVP...High school team was 2008 regional champions...Was a U.S. Swimming Scholastic All-American in 2007 and 2008...Club team was Naval Academy Aquatic Club.

PERSONAL - Full name is Whitney Elizabeth Avers...Born Feb. 27, 1991...Parents are Randall Avers and Janet Johnson...Father was a sprinter and football player at the Naval Academy...Has one brother, Nathan, who swims at Case Western...Plans to major in exercise science...Chose South Carolina because of the tight-knit team atmosphere, the beautiful campus and the pride people have for the University.

Avers' Top Times
Event Time Date Meet Location
50 freestyle 27.15# 10/26/12 Florida Columbia, S.C.
200 freestyle 1:53.60 10/22/11 Georgia Tech Columbia, S.C.
500 freestyle 4:53.57 2/16/12 SEC Championships Knoxville, Tenn.
1000 freestyle 10:14.68 1/18/13 Arkansas/Florida State Columbia, S.C.
1650 freestyle 17:00.28 2/23/13 SEC Championships College Station, Texas
200 butterfly 2:00.20 2/19/11 SEC Championships Gainesville, Fla.
200 IM 2:08.60 11/19/09 Gamecock Invitational Columbia, S.C.
400 IM 4:22.36 2/18/11 SEC Championships Gainesville, Fla.
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