UF roundup: McLaughlin receives post-graduate scholarship

FILE — Florida gymnast Grace McLaughlin performs her floor routine during the NCAA Gymnastics Regional at the Exactech Arena in Gainesville. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

She’s contributed more than 670 community service hours during her Gator gymnastics career. Those many hours of helping others makes Florida’s Grace McLaughlin one of two 2017-18 Brad Davis Southeastern Conference Community Service Leaders of the Year, Commissioner Greg Sankey announced Wednesday.

As the SEC Community Service Leader of the Year, McLaughlin and Auburn University track & field athlete Wesley Curles receive $10,000 postgraduate scholarships, provided by the SEC.

“Grace McLaughlin and Wesley Curles epitomize the spirit of the SEC’s commitment to service and they prove through their work in their communities that the young people of our conference really do have the ability to change the world in which they live,” said Sankey. “Grace and Wesley are outstanding representatives of their respective institutions and the many student-athletes in the SEC who have chosen to make their world a better place.”

In the 23-year history of the award, McLaughlin is the fourth Gator recipient and first since basketball player Patric Young claimed the 2014 scholarship.

The SEC Community Service Post-Graduate Scholarship is named for former Associate Commissioner Brad Davis. Davis succumbed to cancer on March 2, 2006. He had been a member of the SEC staff since 1988, first serving as an assistant commissioner until 1994 when he was promoted to associate commissioner.

“From the beginning, I knew that I would dedicate myself to helping the lives of others through either education or medicine,” McLaughlin said.


Gators picked for NCAA Kissimmee Regional

The Gators were selected for the Kissimmee NCAA Regional, where they will be the No. 2 seed out of 14 teams there.

Eighty one teams and 45 individuals were selected to compete in the six regional sites to be played May 14-16. Thirty teams and six individuals will advance from regional sites to the national championships to be played May 25-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Florida is coming off a semifinal run at the SEC Championships and is ranked No. 8 in the country by GolfStat.com.