April 22, 2014
ATHENS, Ga.- The Georgia equestrian, which won its sixth national title last weekend, took home the 2014 Bulldog Cup for the second year in a row last night at the Student-Athlete Awards Banquet. The Bulldog Cup is awarded annually and recognizes the team that excels academically, supports their peers in athletic competition, and consistently serves the community. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee initiated the award in 2010.
“Winning the Bulldog Cup two years in a row is an amazing feeling,” senior Julia Hemingway said. It shows how hard the equestrian team works to support our fellow student-athletes, the community and athletics as a whole. The Bulldog Cup has always been a goal of mind since I joined SAAC and graduating with two consecutive wins is a big accomplishment! Our team is capable of greatness and this award shows it.”
In addition to the Bulldog Cup, Kate Skoglund was given the Marilyn Vincent Scholar-Athlete Award, while Julia Heminway earned the Hornsby Howell Community Service Award.
Skoglund and Maria Salazar were given the Scholar-Athlete Award, which is presented to a student-athlete, or athletes, from each team who had the highest GPA at the conclusion of the last academic year.
Kylee Arbuckle and Rachel Kolb were presented with Academic Achievement certificates. These certificates are presented to student-athletes who have exhibited intense focus and/or displayed a marked improvement in the classroom over the course of the past academic year. Honorees have shown extraordinary academic growth by accepting the challenge to become leaders in the classroom. Their competitive desire to become the best student they can be makes them deserving of this award. This group represents the top 5% in terms of academic effort, intensity, and focus.
The equestrian team also had nine riders that were recognized with a 3.70 cumulative GPA or higher. Those riders were: Nicki Alexander, Morgan Beavers, Madison Berger, Hemingway, Morgan Justiss, Kolb, Skoglund, Paige Stawicki and Kelsey Thatcher.