2011-12 Played in eight of 11 tournaments... Finished the year with a stroke average of 77.48...Narrowly missed top-20 showing at the Bryan National Collegiate, finishing tied for 22nd with rounds of 73-75-76=224 playing as an individual...Carded a final-round 71 (-1) against a loaded field at the SEC/Pac-12 Challenge to finish tied for 44th...Recorded two rounds of par or better.
2010-11 Named to SEC All-Freshman Team...Played in all 11 events for South Carolina as a freshman... Led the team with four top-20 finishes... Finished freshman season with scoring average of 75.74, which ties teammate Amanda Strang for fourth in school history among freshmen...Equaled best round of the season in the final round of the NCAA Championship, shooting a 1-under-par 71 to finish off a 78-77-77-71=303 week and a tie for 55th place... Helped Gamecocks to 18th-place finish... Earned her fourth top-20 finish of the season, tying for 15th place at the NCAA West Regional with rounds of 75-71-76=222 (+6), leading the Gamecocks to an NCAA Championship berth in her first postseason appearance... Set a Carolina freshman record with a second-round 68 (-4) at the UCF Challenge...Round marked the best score ever by a Gamecock freshman and helped team to a 284 (-4), the best single round of the season and third-best in school history... Finished the event in a tie for 11th place at 217 (+1), her best of the year...Opened the year with a tie for 15th at the Cougar Classic, shooting 71-73-75=219 (+3)... Posted scores of 71 in her first and last rounds of the season... Tied for 12th at Bryan National Collegiate with rounds of 73-73-79=225 (+9).
Prior to South Carolina Ranked No. 32 girls' golfer in the class of 2010, according to Golfweek...Competed for Lancaster High School for four years...2008 Division I OHSAA State Champion...Was named All-Ohio three times...Also named Academic All-Ohio...Won 2008 Hudson Invitational...Had six top-10 finishes in AJGA tournaments...Two runner-up finishes in 2009 on PGA Junior Series...Advanced to match play at U.S. Girls Junior Amateur in 2008...Honor roll students...Member of National Honor Society...Had a hole-in-one in seventh grade...Also played softball.
Personal Full name is Samantha Rae Swinehart...Born October 9, 1991, in Marietta, Ga....Parents are Steve and Terri Swinehart... Her father, Steve, is a 1980 South Carolina graduate and was a reserve quarterback for the Gamecock football team from 1976-79...Her brother, Dane, plays baseball at Belmont University...Has not declared a major...Chose South Carolina because of the coaching staff, team and facilities, and because it is a place she feels she can succeed academically and grow athletically.