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Tulane's Allie Evans Named Conference USA Spirit Of Service Honoree

Green Wave standout earns distinction for performance in the pool, in the classroom and in the community

NEW ORLEANS – After concluding her collegiate career in February when she helped the Tulane women's swimming and diving team post its highest Conference USA Championship point total in seven years, Green Wave senior Allie Evans was named one of 12 recipients of the Conference USA Spirit of Service Award on Monday.

The C-USA Spirit of Service Award is designed to recognize the community service efforts of the league's student-athletes, based upon significant community service, good academic standing and participation in their elected sport. The Spirit of Service Award is presented three times throughout the academic year with Monday's recipients representing the conference's winter sports of men's and women's basketball, men's and women's indoor track and field, and women's swimming.

A native of St. Petersburg, Fla., Evans has participated in 10 community service events during her time at Tulane and served the last two years as the community outreach chair for Student Government. She volunteered for the Newcomb Tulane Big/Little Sisters Program Global Brigades, Catholic Charities Adopt-An-Angel Program, Second Harvest Food Bank, the Jessie Rees Foundation and Relay for Life Wave Days. Evans also was a Walk With Me volunteer to raise funds and awareness for cerebral palsy.

In the pool, Evans participated in nine of 10 meets as a senior during the 2012-13 campaign, posting career-best marks of 24.77 in the 50 free at the Phil Hansel Invitational on Nov. 15 and of 52.51 in the 100 free, 1:52.51 in the 200 free and 2:09.58 in the 200 IM during the 2013 C-USA Championship. In addition, she won the 200 free at Loyola Marymount with a season-best 1:55.23 on Jan. 11 and clocked a season-best 5:08.45 in the 500 free at the LSU Tri-Meet on Jan. 26.

As a member of Tulane's relay teams, she helped the Green Wave set a school record in the 800 free when she swam the leadoff leg of the event when the team clocked a 7:23.20 and swam the third leg of the 200 free relay which timed out at 1:33.25 – the second-fastest time in school history. Both of those came during the C-USA Championship.

Away from the pool, Evans was a two-time member of the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and will graduate with a degree in public health in May.

Evans is the lone swimmer to earn the C-USA Spirit of Service Award for the winter and is joined on the list by East Carolina's Ariana Jackson (women's basketball), Houston's Mikhail McLean (men's basketball), Marshall's Erica Woods (women's basketball), Memphis' Justin Pinkston (men's track and field), Rice's Lilian Nwora (women's track and field), SMU's Alisha Filmore (women's basketball), Southern Miss' Ance Celmina (women's basketball), Tulsa's Taleya Mayberry (women's basketball), UAB's Amber Jones (women's basketball), UCF's Kayli Keough (women's basketball) and UTEP's Konner Tucker (men's basketball).

Ariana Jackson, East Carolina, Women's Basketball

Mikhail McLean, Houston, Men's Basketball

Erica Woods, Marshall, Women's Basketball

Justin Pinkston, Memphis, Men's Track & Field

Lilian Nwora, Rice, Women's Track & Field

Alisha Filmore, SMU, Women's Basketball

Ance Celmina, Southern Miss, Women's Basketball

Allie Evans, Tulane, Women's Swimming & Diving

Taleya Mayberry, Tulsa, Women's Basketball

Amber Jones, UAB, Women's Basketball

Kayli Keough, UCF, Women's Basketball

Konner Tucker, UTEP, Men's Basketball