June 2012 Archives

Georgia in the 2012 Olympics

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We've got Olympic fever here at UGA, and we hope you do, too! So far 24 current or former Georgia student-athletes have qualified for the 2012 Summer Games, which begin in London on July 27. Here is a list of who to watch for next month:


Swimming & Diving:

Rising senior Allison Schmitt (USA)

Rising junior Shannon Vreeland (USA)

Rising junior Andrew Gemmell (USA)

Former Bulldog Amanda Weir (USA)

Former Bulldog Kara Lynn Joyce (USA)

Former Bulldog Chris Colwill (USA)

Former Bulldog Wendy Trott (South Africa)

Former Bulldog Troyden Prinsloo (South Africa)

Former Bulldog Sarah Poewe (Germany)

Incoming freshman Brittany MacLean (Canada)

Incoming freshman Matias Koski (Finland)

Incoming freshman Yousef Alaskari (Kuwait)

Incoming freshman Ediz Yildirimer (Turkey)

Track & Field:

Former Bulldog Reese Hoffa (USA)

Former Bulldog Kibwe Johnson (USA)

Former Bulldog Andras Haklits (Croatia)

Former Bulldog Martin Maric (Croatia)

Former Bulldog Hyleas Fountain (USA)

Former Bulldog Jenny Dahlgren (Argentina)

Former Bulldog Sultana Frizell (Canada)

Former Bulldog Levern Spencer (St. Lucia)


Men's Tennis: Former Bulldog John Isner (USA)


Gymnastics: Incoming freshman Brittany Rogers (Canada)


Volleyball: Former Bulldog Lizzie Reid (England)


Also, former Lady Bulldog women's basketball star Teresa Edwards has been named the Chef de Mission for the U.S. Olympic Team, and will provide leadership for the squad while functioning as a liaison between the London Organizing Committee, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and other committees at the Games.


Men's basketball graduate Connor Nolte is serving this summer as a digital media intern for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., and will be assisting the governing body with its social media outreach efforts leading up to and during the Olympics.


And on Sunday Jarryd Wallace - the son of women's tennis coach Jeff Wallace and former Georgia distance runner Sabina Wallace - was named to the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Track & Field team which starts in August in London.


Be sure to keep up with all your favorite Bulldogs as they pursue their Olympic dreams -- follow along for updates here on Between The Hedges and, as always, on

Bulldogs in the NPF

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It may be the offseason for the Georgia softball team, but things are certainly busier for a handful of former Bulldogs playing in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league, including 2012 graduate Kristyn Sandberg - who recently played in her first professional game with the USSSA Pride. 

Sandberg, who led Georgia in home runs, RBI and batting average in 2012 and garnered All-America honors, made her Pride debut last weekend, batting .600 with three hits in five plate appearances including a double and an RBI.

Sandberg is one of five former Dawgs in the league, including the 2011 Rookie of the Year in Alisa Goler, who has appeared in four games for the Chicago Bandits. Goler is batting .364 with four hits in 11 at bats, registering two doubles and a triple while driving in two and crossing the plate twice.

Brianna Hesson is batting .400 with two hits in five at bats in her first season with the Akron Racers, with one run scored and five RBI in addition to a home run and three walks.

Megan Wiggins is back after earning 2011 All-NPF honors, and has played in four games so far for the Bandits in 2012. She is hitting 3-for-11 with a double, two walks and three runs scored.

Taylor Schlopy has made four appearances for the Racers, currently sitting at .231 on the season with one RBI and four runs scored.

Follow all the Bulldogs in the pros at the NPF web site here

Georgia Summer Round-up

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It's slower than usual in the UGAAA this time of year, but here is a round-up of some of the latest news surrounding your Bulldog teams as we enter the summer months:

*Baseball's Hunter Cole was named a Freshman All-America, while several of his Diamond Dog teammates were chosen in this month's MBL draft. Read more about the draft here.

*Track & Field performed solid at the NCAA Championships, with the women recording their highest team finish since 2007 and freshman pole vaulter Morgann Leleux taking second place in her event. More here.

*Mark Richt's new contract was finalized and approved, securing Richt in Athens through the 2016 season while Director of Athletics Greg McGarity's contract was extended through 2017. 

*Gymnast Kat Ding and swimmer Wendy Trott were named Capital One Academic All-Americans, with UGA one of just four schools (Alabama, Duke, Vermont) to have two student-athletes named to the prestigious list. More on that here.

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