Earned Second Team WGCA All-America honors and Second Team All-SEC honors... Steadying force in the lineup.... Played in all 11 tournaments... Led the team with a scoring average of 73.12, which ranks second all-time for single season at South Carolina.... Tied for the team lead with eight top-20, five top-10 and two top-five finishes ... Lowered her career scoring average to 75.50, which ties for sixth lowest in program history... Ranked second on the team with 13 rounds of par or better.... Recorded first career top-10 finish with a tie for 10th showing at the Cougar Classic with rounds of 69-72-75=216 (E)... Best finish of the season and first top-five finish of her career was a tie for second place at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship with rounds of 69-71=140 (-2)... Recorded third top-10 finish of the season at the Bryan National Collegiate as she finished tied for ninth with rounds of 75-71-77=223 (+7)... Helped lead the Gamecocks to a first-place finish at the PING ASU Invitational by finishing in a tie for third with rounds of 75-70-66=211 (-5)... Played a key role in the Gamecocks' second-place finish at the NCAA East Regional with a tie for seventh place showing with rounds of 73-70-69=212 (-4)... Tied for 13th at the NCAA Championship with rounds of 73-76-68-67=284 (+4), her 72-hole score of 284 score ranks first all-time at South Carolina.
2012-13 Played in eight tournaments, including three as an individual...Finished the year with a stroke average of 76.71...Career scoring average of 76.51 currently ranks 10th all time at South Carolina...Best performance of the season came at the Tar Heel Invitational...Finished tied for 12th with rounds of 72-76-72=220 (+4)...Came close to a second top-20 finish with a tie for 21st showing at the UCF Challenge with rounds of 71-76-74=221 (+5).
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.