Gemmell and Salazar Named Recipients of the 2012 Joel Eaves Scholar-Athlete Award

Aug. 29, 2012

ATHENS, Ga. --- Maria Salazar from equestrian and Andrew Gemmell from swimming have been chosen as the recipients of Georgia's 2012-13 Joel Eaves Award, which is presented annually to the student-athletes with the highest grade point averages entering their senior year.

Eaves was Georgia's Director of Athletics from 1963 to 1979, and the award was established to acknowledge the lives of student-athletes and the contributions he made during his tenure.

Salazar and Gemmell will presented the Joel Eaves Award during Saturday's football game between Georgia and Buffalo.

Salazar, who hails from Portland, Ore., is a Western rider for the Bulldogs. She was an Academic All-American in 2012 and has been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Salazar was a 2012 All-American in horsemanship, and her best ride came against Fresno State when she earned an MVP-winning ride of 77. Salazar has a career record of 27-13 in horsemanship, including a 14-3 mark during the 2010-11 season. At the 2011 Varsity National Championship, Salazar went undefeated in three rides. She followed that up with a 2-1 mark at the 2012 Varsity Nationals.

Gemmell, a native of Wilmington, Del., is a senior academically, but he is a junior in terms of eligibility as he redshirted in 2010-11. He represented the United States in the Olympics in the men's 1,500-meter freestyle, coming in ninth. Gemmell qualified for the London Games by winning the 1,500-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic Trials. In the Georgia record books, he ranks fifth in the 1,000- and 1,650-yard freestyle and the 400-yard individual medley and sixth in the 500-yard freestyle. A two-time scorer at both the NCAA and SEC meets, Gemmell has earned four All-America citations. He also has been chosen as an Academic All-American and has been named to the conference and Georgia academic honor rolls. Gemmell is a member of the UGA Student-Athlete Leadership Academy and has served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

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