CHARLOTTE – Gardner-Webb men's swimmer Connor Bos was honored Wednesday by the Big South Conference with the prestigious George A. Christenberry Award for Academic Excellence.
Bos (Holland, Mich. / Holland HS) was one of a league-record eight student-athletes to be honored in 2017. It marks the fifth consecutive year with a new record total for the award.
The conference will formally present the awards on Thursday, June 1, at The Marriott Resoort in Hilton Head, S.C., as part of the Big South's annual Spring Meetings and Hall of Fame Dinner.
The award is given to the male and female student-athletes who attain the highest cumulative GPA during their college careers. The honor is named for George A. Christenberry, the former President of Augusta College (now Georgia Regents University-Augusta) and one of the founders of the Big South Conference. A member of the Big South Hall of Fame, Christenberry served as the League's first President from 1983-86.
Big South member institutions nominate one male and one female undergraduate student-athlete for the annual Christenberry Award.
Bos, who graduated from Gardner-Webb on May 13, 2016, finished his academic career with a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average in economics/finance. He was recently named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District III At-Large Team and is now eligible for Academic All-America voting later this year.
Bos was also named 2017 CCSA (Coastal Collegiate Sports Association) Men's Swimming Scholar-Athlete of the Year, capping an excellent season – and career – in the pool and in the classroom.
Bos swam to conference titles in the 100 back (47.61) individually and as a member of the 200 medley relay team (1:27.66) at the Conference Championships in Athens, Ga. Those titles added to a significant list, who ended his career with 14 different CCSA championships – eight individual and six relays.
In addition, Bos has earned All-CCSA honors 17 different times during his four-year career in Boiling Springs. In 2016, Bos earned a spot in the U.S. Olympic Trials, representing Gardner-Webb on the sport's biggest national stage in Omaha, Nebraska.