Gemmell, Vreeland Nominated for McWhorter Post-Graduate Award

April 18, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Swimmers Andrew Gemmell and Shannon Vreeland have been nominated for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship by the University of Georgia.

The H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship has been presented by the Southeastern Conference since 1986 to the league's top male and female scholar-athletes.

The Southeastern Conference will name the 2014 recipients of the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship on May 6.

Highlights of Georgia's nominees include:

Andrew Gemmell, Swimming & Diving

  • An Economics major scheduled for graduation in May 2014
  • Named the recipient of the B.W. "Bump" Gabrielsen Swimming Scholarship
  • Serves as a student-athlete (non-voting) representative on the UGA Athletic Association Board of Directors
  • Named to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
  • Named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll
  • Ranks No. 5 in the 1,650 freestyle, No. 6 in the 1,000 freestyle, No. 7 in the 500 freestyle and No. 8 in the 400 individual medley in school history
  • Finished sixth in the 1,650 freestyle in the NCAAs to help the Bulldogs post just their second top-5 finish at the national meet
  • Placed third in the 1,650 freestyle, sixth in the 500 freestyle and ninth in the 400 individual medley at the SECs
  • Chosen as a team captain
  • Named to the USA Swimming National Open Water Team for 2013-14
Shannon Vreeland, Swimming & Diving
  • A double major in Economics and International Affairs, she is on target to graduate in December 2014
  • Named a recipient of the Ramsey Scholarship for Academic and Athletic Excellence
  • Chosen as the recipient of the Lisa Coole Memorial Scholarship
  • Named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll
  • Picked as a swimming and diving representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
  • Chosen for the Southeastern Conference Community Service Team
  • Placed second in the 200 freestyle, fifth in the 100 freestyle and sixth in the 500 freestyle at the NCAAs as the Lady Bulldogs won their second straight national championship
  • Came in second on the 800 freestyle relay, third on the 400 medley relay and the fourth on the 400 freestyle relay at the NCAAs
  • Won the 200 freestyle and placed second in the 100 and 500 freestyle at the SECs as the Lady Bulldogs won their fifth straight title
  • Finished first on the 400 and 800 freestyle relays and second on the 400 medley relay at the SECs
  • Named the Kansas City Sports Commission's Sportswoman of the Year
  • Selected as a team captain
  • Earned a Golden Goggles Award from USA Swimming for Relay Performance of the Year after helping the 400m freestyle relay win gold and set the American record at the 2013 World Championships
  • Placed second in the 100m freestyle, fourth in the 200m freestyle and eighth in the 400m freestyle as the United States defeated Europe 132-131 in the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool in Scotland
  • Swam on the runner-up 400m freestyle relay in the Duel in the Pool
  • Ranks second in the 200 freestyle, fourth in the 500 freestyle, sixth in the 100 freestyle, eighth in the 200 and 400 individual medley, ninth in the 1,000 freestyle and 10th in the 1,650 freestyle in school history
  • Led off the 800 freestyle relay that set the American, U.S. Open, NCAA and Georgia records
  • Led off the 400 freestyle relay that lowered the NCAA, U.S. Open and Georgia marks
  • Swam on the 400m freestyle relay that set the American record

Each year, the SEC, in conjunction with AT&T, an SEC Corporate Champion sponsor, provides the league's male and female McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients with a $15,000 post-graduate scholarship. The 26 remaining male and female finalists for the award will also receive a $7,500 post-graduate scholarship.

The award recipients are chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from the 14 SEC institutions and are honored at the SEC Spring Meetings in Sandestin, Fla., in late May.

Last year's McWhorter Award recipients were Barrett Jones of the Alabama football team and Chelsea Oswald of the Kentucky track & field team.

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