ATLANTA (May 21, 2018) - The Southern Athletic Association (SAA) announced that Centre senior swimming student-athlete Noah Martin has been named the 2017-18 Summit Management Corporation SAA Man of the Year.
The SAA Man of the Year presented by Summit Management Corporation is the highest honor the league bestows.
Martin, who graduated from Centre Sunday, is one of the most decorated swimmers in Colonel history. The Centre Male Athlete of the Year holds school records in both the 100m and 200m butterfly and is a four-time event winner at the SAA Championships. Martin was also selected as the 2016-17 SAA Male Swimmer of the Year.
Additionally, Martin is a three-time All-SAA First-Team selection. He was also a seven-time All-SAA Honor Roll member and will again qualify for that award later this month.
Outside the of the pool, Martin graduated with a 3.98 grade point average (GPA) with a degree in history. The multiple Academic All-District selection was a Brown Fellow at Centre having completed two summers in the self-design summer enrichment program doing work in France and South Africa. A Phi Beta Kappa honoree, Martin was also a member of the Dean's List every semester at Centre.
The Spartanburg, S.C. native was also the John Howard Duff Jr. Memorial Award winner, Enos Swain History Award winner, the Mitchell Young Chamberlain Prize honoree, the Richard Stanford Watson Jr. Memorial Award winner, and a Frank Heck Prize finalist.
Along with being a team captain and serving in Centre' Student Government, Martin spent a summer as a research assistant to Professor Jon Krause of the University of Oxford and as a Food Advocacy Intern.
Finally, at Centre's Commencement, Martin was named the George Winston Welsh Prize winner as the top male senior.
In a joint effort to honor the Southern Athletic Association's most elite student-athletes, Summit Management Corporation and the SAA partnered to create the annual SAA Man and Woman of the Year. The awards, selected by a committee comprised of Summit Management and SAA representatives, are given to the senior class male and female nominees who best exemplify traits of leadership, character, athletic and academic success.
The criteria for SAA Man and Woman of the Year nominees included that they must be a senior with no eligibility remaining, they must have been named First Team All-SAA in the sport in which in the participated during their athletic careers, and they must have qualified for the SAA Academic Honor Roll during their tenure as a student-athlete. Additionally, SAA Man and Woman of the Year candidates are expected to be involved in their local community in some meaningful way.