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  • ATHENS, Ga. --- Bulldog senior Kendell Williams has been named the Southeastern Conference’s Roy F. Kramer Female Athlete of the Year, according to a league announcement on Thursday.   Williams, a heptathlete on Georgia’s track and field team, is the sixth UGA woman to win this SEC honor since 1992 and the 11th Bulldog overall to garner the men or women’s award. The Marietta, Ga., native is the first Georgia student-athlete to win since Allison Schmitt from swimming and diving in 2013. Also of note, current Bulldog gymnastics head coach Courtney Kupets earned the honor in 2009 during her undergraduate years in Athens.   A two-time semifinalist for The Bowerman Award, which is track and field’s version of the Heisman Trophy, Williams was most recently named the Honda Award winner for her sport and one of three finalists for the Honda Cup. Williams was the 20th Bulldog to win a Honda Award but was the first from track and field.   Anchored by Williams’ finishes, the Georgia women have posted eight straight top-five NCAA team finishes, including record-breaking runner-up finishes at the 2017 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships.   Williams scored 6,265 to capture her third NCAA heptathlon title (2014, 2016, 2017) outdoors in early June and her seventh national championship overall. Her final tally was the second best of her career at the time behind her 6,402 school record at the 2016 Olympic Trials. The four-time SEC champion becomes only the third competitor in NCAA history to win at least three national heptathlon crowns. Following this year’s NCAA meet, the 2016 Olympian returned to action at the USATF Outdoor Championships in late June and scored a personal best 6,564 points to clinch the title by seven points. This score is the second-best tally by a collegian outside of the collegiate season in history. Williams’ older brother, fellow Bulldog senior Devon Williams, took third at the USATF meet in the decathlon to also qualify for the IAAF World Championships coming to London in August. Kendell and Devon became the first siblings to qualify for the World Championships for Team USA since Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Al Joyner in 1983.   Indoors, Williams became the only woman in NCAA Division I history to win four times in the same event after sweeping the pentathlon from 2014-17. She ends her career with seven of the top-10 pentathlon scores in collegiate history, including the top four. These 2017 NCAA victories in the pentathlon and heptathlon gave her the multi-events sweep for the third time in her career. Only two other competitors in history have swept the multi-events for the women.   The three-time U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Women’s Indoor Field Athlete of the Year finished her Georgia career as a 10-time First Team All-American. She holds collegiate all-time bests in the pentathlon 60-meter hurdles (8.03) and heptathlon 100m hurdles (12.83).   Updates from Georgia’s track and field and cross country teams can always be found on Twitter/Instagram (UGATrack) and Snapchat (ugatrack).
  • From UGA Sports Communications ATHENS, Ga. – Eighty-six University of Georgia student-athletes were named to the 2017 Spring Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll this week by SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. The 2017 Spring SEC Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2016 Summer, 2016 Fall and 2017 Spring terms.   Any student-athlete who participates in a Southeastern Conference championship sport, has completed a minimum of 24 semester hours, and has a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, is eligible for nomination.   The following UGA student-athletes were named to the 2017 SEC Academic Honor Roll:   Baseball: Ryan Avidano (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Peachtree City, Ga.); Blake Cairnes (Real Estate, Douglasville, Ga.); Michael Curry (Computer Science, Gainesville, Ga.); Andrew Gist (Sport Management, Cumming, Ga.); Adam Goodman (Marketing, Fayetteville, Ga.); Trey Logan (Finance, Suwanee, Ga.); Keegan McGovern (Biology, Willacoochee, Ga.); Drew Moody (Communication Studies & Management, LaGrange, Ga.); Adam Sasser (Sports Management, Evans, Ga.); Shaefer Shepard (Masters of Higher Education, Boca Raton, Fla.); Kevin Smith (Management, Dunwoody, Ga.); Patrick Sullivan (Marketing, Sandy Springs, Ga.); LJ Talley (Communication Studies & Management, Folkston, Ga.); Mitchell Webb (Sport Management, Dallas, Ga.)    Men’s Golf: Matthew Beringer (Finance, Macon, Ga.); Jack Larkin (Finance, Atlanta, Ga.); Jaime Lopez Rivarola (Economics, Buenos Aires, Argentina); David Mackey (Risk Management & Insurance, Bogart, Ga.); Greyson Sigg (Sport Management, Augusta, Ga.)   Women’s Golf: Jillian Hollis (Journalism, Rocky River, Ohio); Sammi Lee (Legal Studies & Finance, Winter Park, Fla.); Rinko Mitsunaga (Communication Studies, Roswell, Ga.); Mary Ellen Shuman (Finance, St. Simons Island, Ga.); Isabella Skinner (Accounting, Cumming, Ga.)   Softball: Kylie Bass (Health & Physical Education, Gray, Ga.); Brea Dickey (Health & Physical Education, Lawrenceville, Ga.); Cortni Emanuel (Psychology, Missouri City, Texas); Sydni Emanuel (Psychology, Missouri City, Texas); Bekah Farris (Genetics, Marietta, Ga.); Tyra Holliday (Romance Languages, Lawrenceville, Ga.); Maeve McGuire (Criminal Justice, Downers Grover, Ill.); Lindsey Miles (Early Childhood Education, Jefferson, Ga.); Lacey Sumerlin (Early Childhood Education, Mobile, Ala.)   Men’s Tennis: Walker Duncan (Accounting, Atlanta, Ga.); Andrew Martinez (Finance, Atlanta, Ga.); Paul Oosterbaan (Consumer Economics, Kalamazzo, Mich.); Alex Phillips (Finance, Peachtree City, Ga.); Jan Zielinski (Management, Warsaw, Poland)   Women’s Tennis: Caroline Brinson (Marketing, New Orleans, La.); Mariana Gould (Health Promotion, Boise, Idaho); Stephanie Grodecki (Psychology & Biology, Germantown, Md.); Laura Patterson (Finance, Roswell, Ga.); Ellen Perez (Sport Management, Shellharbor, Australia)   Men’s Track and Field: Denzel Comenentia (Sport Management, Amsterdam, Netherlands); Terrell Estime (Finance, Snellville, Ga.); Ayrian Evans (Sociology, Ellenwood, Ga.); Jeramey Hampton (Finance, Suwanee, Ga.); Tyler Jones (Consumer Economics, Bogart, Ga.); Bryan Kamau (Financial Planning, Snellville, Ga.); Joe Kimura Smith (Finance, Marietta, Ga.); Alexander Larsson (Mechanical Engineering, Uppsala, Sweden); Stephen Martinez (Health Promotions, Doraville, Ga.); Jon Moses (Marketing, Lawrenceville, Ga.); Jonathan Pelham (Political Science & International Affairs, LaGrange, Ga.); Ryan Peppenhorst (Economics, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cumming, Ga.); Jonathan Raines (Finance, Macon, Ga.); Karl Saluri (Food Industry Marketing & Administration, Kuimetsa, Estonia); Sid Vaughn (Consumer Economics, Baton Rouge, La.); Eric Westog (Communication Studies & Religion, Wilmington, Del.)    Women’s Track and Field: Morgan Ainslie (Digital & Broadcast Journalism, Marietta, Ga.); Devon Artis (Marketing, Alpharetta, Ga.); Shelby Ashe (International Affairs & Political Science, Stone Mountain, Ga.); Natalie Bordes (Communication Studies, Alpharetta, Ga.); Allie Castro (Health Promotions, Lincolnton, N.C.); Asianna Covington (Consumer Economics, Vancouver, British Columbia); Caroline Dickey (Civil Engineering, Gainesville, Ga.); Holly Ebbets (Nutrition Science, Leesburg, Ga.); Mady Fagan (Sport Management, Los Gatos, Calif.); Anna Gandolfo (Marketing, Johns Creek, Ga.); Sarah Gardner (Marketing, Marietta, Ga.); Morgan Green (Exercise & Sport Science, Roswell, Ga.); Tatiana Gusin (Art, Orhei, Moldova); Lauren Hovis (Middle School Education, Dacula, Ga.); Aliyah Johnson (Sport Management, Brisbane, Australia); Addison Lippitt (Management, Lawrenceville, Ga.); Anna Machovec (Computer Science, Dacula, Ga.); Keturah Orji (Financial Planning, Mount Olive, N.J.); Breanna Ragsdale (Accounting, Peachtree City, Ga.); Catelyn Schmiedebusch (Management Information Systems, Troy, Ohio); Kayla Smith (Sociology, Indianapolis, Ind.); Georgia Stefanidi (Advertising, Pallini, Greece); Katie Stone (Early Childhood Education, Macon, Ga.); Laurel Sumner (Mathematics, Snellville, Ga.); Grace Tavani (Communication Studies & Spanish, Roswell, Ga.); Mary Terry (Health & Physical Education, Norcross, Ga.); Kendell Williams (Advertising, Marietta, Ga.)
  • From UGA Sports Communications EUGENE, Ore. --- The Georgia women’s team set a school record by taking second with the No. 1 score in team history (62.2 points) at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday.   With the last day of women’s competition arriving on Saturday, meet host Oregon edged the Lady Bulldogs 64-62.2 by winning the 4x400-meter relay for 10 points in the final event of the competition. Southern California (43), Kentucky (40) and Florida (39) rounded out the top five as five different teams from the Southeastern Conference finished in the top 10.   On Friday, the Bulldog men finished with 22.5 points for sixth after sophomore Keenon Laine left Hayward Field with a tie for fourth in the high jump. Florida (61.5) captured the team title and Texas A&M (59.5), Virginia (36), Arkansas (33) and Auburn (24) made up the top five team finishers. Eight SEC men’s teams were in the top 10.   This overtook the previous best combined finish of sixth for the men and fifth for the women in 2014.   “This second-place finish is kind of bittersweet since we came within two points of winning a national championship for our women’s team,” said Bulldog head coach Petros Kyprianou. “This one will take a while to get over but I think as time passes and we look back, we will be proud of how great a year this has been. We met or surpassed school records for our men and women’s team finishes at the NCAA indoor and outdoor meets and finished the year with two finishes in the top six.    “I want to congratulate Robert Johnson and the Oregon Ducks for this title, their first at their home track. They did a great job and finished the meet like they had to. But I am very proud of how our teams fought. To complete this weekend with a win in the triple, a win in the heptathlon and a 1-2 finish in the high jump is incredible. I have said it before but this is why our student-athletes want to come to Georgia. And I hope this strengthens our tradition even more and I believe we will be in position to win this thing in the years to come.”   Georgia surged into contention with three NCAA champions on Saturday as senior Kendell Williams won her third NCAA heptathlon crown, junior Mady Fagan walked away with her first outdoor national high jump crown and junior Keturah Orji captured her third consecutive triple jump championship to highlight the meet’s fourth and final day. Also, junior Tatiana Gusin matched Fagan’s school record height in the high jump to earn runner-up honors.   Bringing no team members to compete on the track and nine to compete in six field events, the Lady Bulldogs set a meet record for points scored in the field events only (Arizona State, 59, 2008). The Georgia women also became the first group to record NCAA titles in the long, triple and high jumps in the same year.   Williams, a native of Marietta, Ga., scored 6,265 to capture her third NCAA heptathlon title (2014, 2016) and her seventh national championship overall to end her career. Her final tally was the second best of her career behind her 6,402 school record at the 2016 Olympic Trials, which was also scored at Hayward Field.   Williams becomes only the third competitor in NCAA history to win at least three national heptathlon crowns. Oregon’s Brianne Theisen captured the 2009-10 championships and then the 2012 title while Arizona State’s Jackie Johnson won the 2004 crown and then three straight from 2006-08.   Georgia finished with 13 First Team All-America scorers. On Thursday, the Lady Bulldogs finished first and second in the long jump with redshirt freshman Kate Hall winning her first title and Orji reaching 22 feet for the first time in her career. True freshman Beatrice Llano unloaded a career-long hammer throw toss to take third and redshirt freshman Kayla Smith added .20 points to her team’s total by tying for eighth in the pole vault.   Senior Devon Williams scored the second-highest decathlon point total of his career on Thursday to finish second in the only men’s event of the day.    On Wednesday, sophomore Denzel Comenentia complemented his fifth-place finish in the hammer throw with another fifth-place showing in the shot put. His senior teammate, Alex Poursanidis, wrapped up his four years with the Bulldogs by earning an expected First Team All-America certificate with a seventh-place finish in the hammer.   Just as she had in the heptathlon 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200m on Friday, Williams competed in the long jump for the final time in the Red and Black and ended with a personal record. Opening with a mark of 20 feet, 7 inches that also would have taken second in the event, Williams built to a 21-1.50 for 988 points. This surpassed her previous career best in the hep’s long jump of 21-1.25 set while taking second in the event and second overall at the 2015 meet.   Williams started the sixth event, the javelin, up by 215 points. By the last throw, Williams’ lead had grown with her second personal best of the day. She started with a 128-0, followed with a 133-4 and completed her series with the longest throw of her career (152-6). This earned Williams 792 points after surpassing her former personal record of 138-6 at the Olympic Trials in Eugene last summer.   Williams completed her highest heptathlon total in her career at the NCAA Championships by finishing off with a 2:26.17 in the 800m. Her finish scored her 742 points and helped complete her 306-point victory.   Orji, a native of Mount Olive, N.J., opened with a triple jump mark of 45-2.25, which would have won the title by three and a half inches. The American and collegiate record holder then traveled a wind-aided (3.3 m/s) distance of 46-10.75 and significantly widened her victory margin. Orji’s winning mark measured as the fourth-longest wind-aided effort in collegiate history.   Orji has now won five NCAA triple jump titles, including two indoors and all three outdoors.   Fagan, a native of Los Gatos, Calif., arrived at Nationals as the 2017 NCAA indoor champion and the 2016 national outdoor runner-up. On Saturday, Fagan reached her former career best of 6-2 on her third try to stay in the competition with Gusin. Fagan then followed that up with an opening clearance at a school record mark of 6-3.25.   Gusin, who hails from Orhei, Moldova, stayed clean with no misses through her first four heights, including at 6-2 which equaled her personal best. Moments later, Gusin tied Fagan’s school record of 6-3.25. However, Gusin’s clearance came on her third attempt giving her teammate top honors. This marks Gusin’s fourth First Team All-America certificate, including her second-place finish at this year’s NCAA indoor meet and a fifth-place finish at the 2015 outdoor Nationals.   Also of note, sophomore Aliyah Johnson left the Oregon campus with a Second Team All-America honors after taking 14th in the triple jump (43-0.25).   Updates from Georgia’s track and field and cross country teams can always be found on Twitter/Instagram (UGATrack) and Snapchat (ugatrack).   Heptathlon Results     100mH    HJ    SP   200m    Day1Total Kendell Williams ^12.95 (1132 pts) 5-11.25 (991) 38-10.25 (651) 24.12 (969) 3,743 pts.      LJ   Javelin  800m  TOTAL *21-1.50 (988) *152-6 (792) 2:26.17 (742) 6,265 pts. *personal-best mark; ^season-best mark (in heptathlon); DNF-Did Not Finish; DNS-Did Not Start   Bulldog NCAA Scorers Name  Event   Finish/Mark WEDNESDAY Denzel Comenentia Hammer throw 5th/*235-4 Denzel Comenentia Shot put 5th/64-5  Alex Poursanidis Hammer throw 7th/234-4   THURSDAY Kate Hall Long jump 1st/*$22-1 Devon Williams Decathlon 2nd/8,181 pts. Keturah Orji Long jump 2nd/*22-0.25 Beatrice Llano Hammer throw 3rd/*221-2 Kayla Smith Pole vault T-8th/13-7.25 $school record  FRIDAY Keenon Laine High jump T-4th/6-11.75 SATURDAY Kendell Williams Heptathlon 1st/6,265 pts. Keturah Orji Triple Jump 1st/46-10.75 Mady Fagan High Jump 1st/*$6-3.25 Tatiana Gusin High Jump 2nd/*$6-3.25  
  • From UGA sports communications ATHENS, Ga.—The 511 student-athletes enrolled at the University of Georgia earned a grade point average of 3.13 or better during the spring semester.   The 3.13 spring semester GPA average is a best ever, surpassing the previous high of 3.06. This is the eighth year in a row that Georgia student-athletes have combined for a GPA of 3.0 or better during the spring semester.   On the men’s side, the cross country team claimed the honor for the highest GPA with a 3.43 average, while the tennis team led the women’s teams with a GPA of 3.49.   Among the men’s sports, the swimming and diving team came in second with a combined GPA of 3.29 followed by tennis at 3.17, track and field with a GPA of 3.14, and baseball at 2.98.   Equestrian came in second from the women with a GPA of 3.396 followed by track and field at 3.391, soccer at 3.38, swimming and diving with a GPA of 3.34, and gymnastics at 3.32.  
  • From UGA Sports Communications EUGENE, Ore. --- Aiming for their second combined top-10 finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships since 2014, the Bulldog track and field teams will compete in Eugene, Ore., in June 7-10.   The fourth-ranked Georgia men and sixth-ranked Lady Bulldogs traveled to Portland on Sunday and then made the drive to the University of Oregon’s home later that day. The Bulldogs also joined the country’s top squads in Eugene for Nationals in 2013-16 and will be back in the Pacific Northwest for NCAAs in 2018-21.   Who Qualified For The Dawgs?: Sixteen Georgia team members along with the men’s 4x100-meter and 4x400m relays will represent the Red and Black at the NCAA meet. For the women, senior Kendell Williams (heptathlon), juniors Mady Fagan (high jump), Tatiana Gusin (high jump), Keturah Orji (triple/long jumps), sophomore Aliyah Johnson (triple jump) and freshmen Kayla Smith (pole vault), Kate Hall (long jump), Beatrice Llano (hammer) and Louisa Grauvogel (heptathlon) will try for the squad’s fourth top-five performance in a row at the meet.   On the men’s side, seniors Alex Poursanidis (hammer), Devon Williams (decathlon), Ayrian Evans (relay leg), Maurice Freeman (relay leg), Reggie Glover (relay leg), juniors Cejhae Greene (100m, relay leg), Gabe Blackman (relay leg), Karl Saluri (decathlon), sophomores Kendal Williams (100m, 200m, relay leg), Keenon Laine (high jump), Denzel Comenentia (shot put, hammer), Jeramey Hampton (relay leg) and freshman Mecole Hardman (relay leg) will be in search of the team’s second top-10 finish since 2014.    Georgia combined for their top outdoor national finish in school history in 2014 as the women finished fifth and the men took sixth.   Kyprianou’s Comments: “We have arrived at the finale of the season, the most important four days,” said Bulldog head coach Petros Kyprianou, who was recently named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) South Region Women’s Head Coach of the Year. “We have tried to maintain laser focus training for this meet and attempted to keep our team as healthy and as happy as possible. It’s time now to continue the tradition that Georgia and the SEC has established at this meet over the last five years and beyond. We anticipate challenges from every direction and from the country’s top competition. But I have faith that the Dawgs will answer the bell and perform to their potential out here in Oregon.”   Honors Begin To Roll In: In addition to Kyprianou’s accolade, Orji was named the South Region Women’s Field Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive time while Devon Williams was honored as the Men’s Field Athlete of the Year for the first time in his career.   When Does The NCAA Meet Crank Up?: Devon Williams and Saluri will start the action in the decathlon at 3:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 7. They will start with the 100m and plan on completing the first five events on day one. Comenentia and Poursanidis will begin the open events for Georgia in the men’s hammer at 5 p.m. on day one. The men’s 4x100m semifinal at 7:32 p.m. on the first day will be the Bulldogs’ opening event on the track.   Georgia’s Early Qualifiers: All but four of the Bulldogs qualified for Nationals at the NCAA East Prelims in Lexington, Ky., on May 25-27. Decathletes Devon Williams and Saluri along with heptathletes Kendell Williams and Grauvogel punched their ticket before Prelims in the combined events. Devon Williams sits second in the national rankings with 8,345 points behind collegiate record holder Lindon Victor (8,539) of Texas A&M. Saluri is ranked fifth nationally at 7,948 points.    Kendell Williams, younger sister of Devon, has tallied the country’s best heptathlon score (6,354) this season and is the defending NCAA champion in the event. Grauvogel sits 18th on the national list at 5,616.   Where To Catch The Meet: The NCAA Championships will be streamed live for portions of the meet all four days.   ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU, WatchESPN info: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. ET – ESPNU/WatchESPN; LINK: http://es.pn/2rxPJ46 Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. – ESPN2/WatchESPN; LINK: http://es.pn/2qdPzuD Thursday, 7:30 p.m. – ESPN2/WatchESPN; LINK: http://es.pn/2qM50wI Friday, 8:30 p.m. – ESPN/WatchESPN; LINK: http://es.pn/2rxE3ON Friday, 11 p.m. – ESPN3; LINK: http://es.pn/2rQGJDr Saturday, 6:30 p.m. – ESPN/WatchESPN; LINK: http://es.pn/2qdX1px Saturday, 9 p.m. – ESPN3; LINK: http://es.pn/2rNqKXL   Live Results: To check on Georgia at the NCAA Championships, please visit the live results link at: http://gado.gs/7kx   Flashback To 2016: The Georgia women matched their best finish in history (third place) with 41 points in 2016 as they had five scorers, including Chanice Porter (long jump), Orji (triple jump) and Kendell Williams (heptathlon). The Lady Bulldogs traveled only five women (six entrants with Orji doubling in the long and triple jumps) to Oregon last year.    The Bulldog men tied for 29th with eight points in 2016 after graduated senior Maicel Uibo took third in the decathlon and Saluri was seventh in the combined events. The Georgia men traveled 11 men, including their 4x400m relay team, and had nine entrants.
  • From UGA Sports Communications ATHENS, Ga. – Ninety-seven University of Georgia student-athletes will receive their undergraduate or graduate degrees Friday, May 5, at the annual spring and summer Commencement exercises. The undergraduate ceremonies will be held in Sanford Stadium beginning at 7 p.m.   Among the 97 UGA student-athlete graduates are one baseball player, five men’s basketball team members, four members of the women’s basketball team, 17 members of the equestrian team, 14 members of the football team, two members of the men’s golf team, five members of the women’s golf team, six members of the gymnastics team, six soccer players, eight softball players, six women’s swim and dive athletes, two men’s swim and dive athletes, one member of the men’s tennis team, five men’s track and field athletes, nine women’s track and field athletes, and five volleyball players.   Baseball: Brooks Brown, Housing Management & Policy.    Men’s Basketball: JJ Frazier, Sport Management; Kenny Paul Geno, Communication Studies; Houston Kessler, Management; Juwan Parker, Masters in Sport Management; Brandon Young, Management.   Women’s Basketball: Shanea Armbrister, Sociology; Haley Clark, Finance; Pachis Roberts, Housing Management & Policy; Halle Washington, Human Development and Family Science.   Equestrian: Sydney Beasley, Exercise and Sport Science; Abby Brown, Risk Management and Insurance; Lindsey Cheek, Management Information Systems; Liza Finsness, Biology; Lauren Garmon, Psychology; Vanessa Gillette, Marketing; Allie Harbert, Biology; Kyndall Harper, Human Development and Family Science; Ashlin Liedberg, Early Childhood Education; Katherine LoChiatto, Athletic Training; Megan O'Mara, Marketing; Ashlyn Perry, Communication Sciences and Disorder; Caroline Robinson, Psychology; Emma Schauder, English; Heather Schmidt, Marketing; Claudia Spreng, Finance; Agne Stoskute, Animal Science.    Football: Chuks Amaechi, Communication Studies; Aulden Bynum, Agricultural and Applied Economics; Reggie Carter, Economics; Jared Chapple, Human Development and Family Science; Rennie Curran, General Business; James DeLoach, Sociology; Ray Drew, Communication Studies; Brandon Kublanow, Real Estate; Kyle Lestrange, Consumer Economics; Brice Ramsey, Communication Studies; Ryne Rankin, Agricultural and Applied Economics; Jonathon Rumph, Human Development and Family Science; Billy Seward, Finance; Glenn Welch, Finance; Reggie Wilkerson, Human Development and Family Science.    Men’s Golf: Jaime Lopez Rivarola, Economics; Greyson Sigg, Sport Management.   Women’s Golf: Manuela Carbajo Re, Masters in Sport Management; Harang Lee, Consumer Economics; Sammi Lee, Finance; Rocio Sanchez Lobato, Masters in Sport Management; Mary Ellen Shuman, Finance.    Gymnastics: Ashlyn Broussard, Human Development and Family Science; Lauren Johnson, Human Development and Family Science; Morgan Reynolds, Consumer Journalism; Beth Roberts, Management Information Systems; Brittany Rogers, Consumer Journalism; Rachel Schick, Biological Science.    Soccer: Summer Burnett, Accounting; Marion Crowder, Sport Management; Kara Looby, Economics; Morgan Orobello, Biology; Lauren Tanner, Marketing; Caroline Waters, Exercise and Sport Science.   Softball: Bekah Farris, Genetics; Alex Hugo, Communication Studies; Tina Iosefa, Housing Management & Policy; Samantha LaZear, Biological Engineering; Maeve McGuire, Criminal Justice; Kayleigh Medlin, Management; Kaylee Puailoa, Criminal Justice; Chelsea Wilkinson, Health Promotion.    Women’s Swimming & Diving: Hali Flickinger, Finance; Kimberlee John-Williams, International Affairs; Brittany MacLean, Sport Management; Kelly Thatcher, Exercise and Sport Science; Chantal Van Landeghem, Psychology; Annie Zhu, Early Childhood Education.   Men’s Swimming & Diving: Matias Koski, Psychology; Garrett Powell, Sport Management;   Men’s Tennis: Nick Wood, Real Estate.    Men’s Track & Field: Ayrian Evans, Sociology; Maurice Freeman, Human Development and Family Science; Reggie Glover, Human Development and Family Science; Sidney Vaughn, Consumer Economics; Devon Williams, Communication Studies.   Women’s Track & Field: Morgan Ainslie, Digital and Broadcast Journalism; Shelby Ashe, Political Science; Asianna Covington, Consumer Economics; Holly Ebbets, Nutrition Science; Morgan Green, Exercise and Sport Science; Ashley Henry, Biology; Chanice Porter, Financial Planning; Catelyn Schmiedebusch, Management Information Systems; Georgia Stefanidi, Advertising.   Volleyball: Amanda Dachs, Finance; Jasmine Eatmon, Masters in Social Work; Kaylee Kehoe, Masters in Sport Management; Elle McCord, Marketing; Megan Spencer, Economics. 
  • From UGA Sports Communications ATHENS---------The University of Georgia has partnered with Nike and the Soles4Souls program in order to bring donated sneakers to children in Costa Rica. Nineteen members of the UGA Athletic Association’s Student-Athlete Leadership Academy (L.E.A.D.) will participate in this service trip from May 6 through May 12.   UGA representatives scheduled for the trip include: Jeb Blazevich, Football; Mary Beth Box, Gymnastics; Maddie Burdick, Soccer; Summer Burnett, Soccer; Emily Cameron, Swimming & Diving; Michael Chigbu, Football; Haley Clark, Basketball; Taja Cole, Basketball; John Courson, Football; Sarah Gardner, Track & Field; Jackson Harris, Football; Jimmy Hicks, Track & Field and Cross Country; Lauren Johnson, Gymnastics; Kimberlee John-Williams, Swimming & Diving; Kendall Kazor, Volleyball; Elle McCord, Volleyball; Basil Orr, Swimming & Diving; Rachel Schick, Gymnastics; Rachel Zilinskas, Swimming and Diving.   Heather LaBarbera, UGAA Director of Student Services, has been a major part in the organization of the trip. The Soles4Souls program creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world.   “This is such an amazing opportunity for these student-athletes who have worked hard in their academics, in their sport, and in the community to be able to give back in a special way,” said LaBarbera. “This trip to Costa Rica is the first time we have done a service learning trip for our students, and it speaks to how much our administration cares about the meaningful experiences that our student-athletes get to be a part of.”   These student-athletes partnered with Soles4Souls at the Savannah State baseball game earlier this spring for a shoe collection. The shoes that will be given in Costa Rica are new Nike shoes that were shipped to Costa Rica on a container this past January.   “As student-athletes at the University of Georgia, we are given an incredible platform to impact others,” said senior Sarah Gardner. “With that being said, we are all very excited to team up with Soles4Souls and Nike and travel to Costa Rica to serve their community.”    This trip combines service and learning for the student-athletes in a new environment. In addition to the shoe distributions, the student-athletes will take part in a myriad of activities while there. During their six-day stay student-athletes will help with the handing out the sneakers as well as interact with the children receiving them. Additionally, they will visit the UGA Costa Rica campus and local government offices, cook with a local family, attend a dance workshop, and tour a coffee farm.