Wiggins and Lonergan To Receive ExCEL Award For Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year

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          Release: 04/03/2012
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - College of Charleston senior student-athletes Antwaine Wiggins (Greeneville, Tenn.) and Amanda Lonergan (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) are this year's male and female recipients of the ExCEL Award for Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year.

The ExCEL award presentation will take place on Wednesday, April 4, at 5 p.m. (ET) at the Sottile Theatre located at 44 George Street on the CofC campus. The ExCEL Awards Program is in its sixth year and presented by the Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services.

This awards program is designed to honor students, faculty, staff, and neighbors (individuals, agencies, or companies) for their dedication to excellence and enhancing diversity on campus and in the community. This dedication is displayed through teaching, athleticism, student leadership, departmental support, or commitment to the community.

Wiggins, a 6-foot-7 senior forward on the CofC men's basketball team, closed out his career ranked 14th all-time in career scoring with 1,306 points (seventh-most in the program's Division I history), fourth all-time in Division I career rebounding (702) and seventh all-time in career three-pointers made (174). In the fall, he was named one of the best perimeter defenders in the country by Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com. Wiggins played and started in all 31 games of the season and averaged a team-leading 15.9 points per game which ranked fourth-best in the SoCon. He was named a 2012 All-Southern Conference Team selection by the league's head coaches and is on track to graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in sociology.

Lonergan, a 5-foot-7 senior first baseman, has been fundamental to the continued progression of the CofC softball team. She joined the program in 2009 and made an immediate impact as a freshman by starting in 30 games and tallying five RBI and five extra-base hits, while batting .226 on the year. From there, Lonergan went on to bat .310 with a team-high 29 RBI starting in all 51 games of her sophomore season. Her junior year forced her to battle a year-long shoulder injury, but she still played in 46 games and drove in 155 runs. As the lone senior on a team with 15 underclassmen in 2012, Lonergan has assumed an expanded leadership role and is batting .279 with 12 RBI. She is a lifetime .261 hitter with 61 RBI after playing in 163 games as a Cougar. She will graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in physical education.