Bulldog Monthly

Message from the Executive Director:

Dear Georgia Bulldog Club members,

Our Softball, Men's Golf and Track & Field teams are still in contention for NCAA Championships! We are excited for them and wish them all the best in their pursuit of titles. Our Tennis teams advanced far at Nationals and we are very proud of their accomplishments. Several of the students will now play in the NCAA singles and doubles tournaments. This is an exciting time to be a Bulldog and support our teams!

On behalf of everyone in the Athletic Association, we thank you for your commitment and support of Georgia Athletics. We experienced increased membership in The Georgia Bulldog Club and total giving to the Athletic Association will be one of the best in our history. The student-athletes, coaches, staff and administration take great pride in representing the University of Georgia. We are truly grateful of your support!

TOGETHER WE MAKE GEORGIA GREAT!

Mark Slonaker
Executive Director
The Georgia Bulldog Club


Athletic News:

2015 Student-Athlete Thank-A-Thon A Big Success

The 9th Annual Student-Athlete Thank-A-Thon reached approximately 4,500 randomly selected donors to the William C. Hartman Fund, The Gymnastics Endowment Fund, the Basketball Enhancement Fund and the Georgia Baseball Fund. The purpose of the Thank-A-Thon is for the student-athletes who benefit from these generous gifts to express their appreciation to the donors with a simple “thank you”. Donations made to these funds help fund scholarships, facility improvements, and also provide financial support for all 21 varsity sports programs at the University of Georgia.

This year approximately 225 student-athletes participated in this worthwhile event which was held in April. The links below show gymnastics, football and baseball hard at work making their calls.

http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/042015aaa.html

http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/w-gym/spec-rel/042715aab.html


Have you considered Georgia Always?

Memories tie us to UGA. Fall Saturdays in Athens. A packed Stegeman Coliseum for national championship caliber gymnastics. A ruckus crowd pulling our basketball teams to another victory. Beautiful spring afternoons at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex or Foley Field.

The memories also tie us to our family and friends. Regardless of the result on the scoreboard, we share in these great victories because we had another reason to be in Athens and cheer on the Dawgs.

Planned giving can tie your memories to UGA Athletics forever through our Georgia Always society. To learn more about how you can leave a lasting legacy on Georgia Athletics, please call us in The Georgia Bulldog Club at 877-GA-DAWGS (877-423-2947) or visit us online at http://thegeorgiabulldogclub.com/campaigns/georgia_always.php.


Seventy-Four UGA Student-Athletes Graduate May 8

May 5, 2015

ATHENS, Ga. - Seventy-four University of Georgia student-athletes will receive their undergraduate or graduate degrees Friday at the annual spring commencement exercises. The undergraduate ceremonies will be held in Sanford Stadium beginning at 7 p.m.

Among the 74 UGA student-athlete graduates are 14 members of the football team, nine women’s track and field athletes, eight members of the equestrian team, seven men’s track and field athletes, six volleyball players, four members of the men’s golf team, four members of the gymnastics team, four baseball players, four men’s basketball team members, four members of the men’s tennis team, three women’s swim & and dive athletes, two soccer players, two members of the women’s basketball team, two women’s tennis players, and one softball player.

Baseball: Zachary Freeman, Communication Studies, Lake Park; Taylor Hicks, Sport Management, Statham; Brandon Stephens, Communication Studies, Marietta; Zachary Waters, Agribusiness, Woodstock.

Men’s Basketball: Nemanja Djurisic, International Affairs, Podgorica, Montenegro; Taylor Echols, Ecology, McDonough; Cameron Forte, Sociology, Tempe, Ariz.; Dusan Langura, International Affairs, Romont, Switzerland.

Women’s Basketball: Krista Donald, Sociology, Lake, Miss.; Erika Ford, Human Development & Family Science, Alpharetta. Equestrian: Kylee Arbuckle, Accounting, Torrance, Calif.; Madison Berger, Animal & Dairy Science, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Caroline Blackshear, Sociology, St. Simons Island; Taylor Leigh Davis, Anthropology, Newborn; Morgan Justiss, Marketing, Alpharetta; Megan Southam, Exercise & Sport Science, Langley, B.C.; Paige Stawicki, Psychology & Biology, Argyle, Texas; Lauren Tieche, Risk Management & Insurance, Ocala, Fla.

Football: Sterling Bailey, History, Gainesville; Faton Bauta, Sport Management, West Palm Beach, Fla; Michael Gilliard, Communication Studies, Valdosta; Jesse Jones, International Affairs, Alto; Jackson Loonam, Management, Lexington, S.C.; Kareem Marshall, Human Development & Family Science, Grover, N.C.; Leonard Pope, Housing, Americus; Lucas Redd, Health and Physical Education, Jefferson; James Rome, History, Valdosta; Garrison Smith, History, Atlanta; Nate Theus, Human Development & Family Science, Jacksonville, Fla.; Xzavier Ward, Communication Studies, Moultrie; Danny Ware, Housing, Rockmart; Justin Wesley, History, Camilla.

Men’s Golf: Arthur DeMoss, Communication Studies, Duluth; Nicholas Reach, MIST, Moscow, Pa.; Josef Straka, Management, Valdosta; Samuel Straka, International Affairs, Valdosta.

Gymnastics: Chelsea Davis, Exercise & Sport Science/Psychology, Austin, Texas; Kaylan Earls, Communication Studies, Chicago, Ill.; Demetria Hunte, Psychology, Alpharetta; Sarah Persinger, Consumer Journalism, Mount Holly, N.C.

Soccer: Jillian Maloney, International Affairs/Political Science, Alpharetta; Carli Shultis, Sociology, McDonough.

Softball: Anna Swafford, Psychology, Dallas.

Women’s Swimming & Diving: Olivia Boggs, Accounting, Smyrna; Lauren Harrington, Digital Broadcast/Political Science, Memphis, Tenn.; Laura Ryan, Psychology, Elk River, Minn.

Men’s Tennis: Garrett Brasseaux, Finance & Real Estate, Mandeville, La.; Eric Diaz, Communication Studies, Athens; Nathan Pasha, Communication Studies, Atlanta; Hernus Pieters, Finance/Risk Management & Insurance, Pretoria, South Africa.

Women’s Tennis: Lauren Herring, Psychology & Sociology, Greenville, N.C.; Alina Jerjomina, International Business & Finance, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Men’s Track & Field: Lucas Baker, Marketing/Management, McDonough; Caleb Ebbets, Exercise & Sport Science, Leesburg; Charles Grethen, Finance, Tuntange, Luxembourg; Brendan Hoban, Turfgrass Management, Duluth; Brandon Lord, Applied Biotechnology, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Burke McCarty, Exercise & Sport Science, Dunwoody; Caleb Whitener, Political Science, Dallas.

Women’s Track & Field: Anna Bowles, Psychology, Martinez; Ann Centner, Consumer Foods, Watkinsville; Carly Hamilton, Marketing, Springboro, Ohio; Hilenn James, Housing & Consumer Economics, Trinidad and Tobago; Marrion Kalafut, Exercise & Sport Science, Acworth; Bret McDaniel, Economics, Atlanta; Nkenna Njoku, Human Development, Rex; Sarah Perry, Biology, Lawrenceville; Elizabeth Tepe, Biology, Parker, Co.

Volleyball: Jasmine Eatmon, Human Development & Family Science, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; Kaylee Kehoe, Sport Management, Fayetteville; Inutiraha Le’Au, Social Work, Duarte, Calif.; Brittany Northcutt, MS - Sport Management, Greensboro, N.C.; Elena Perri, Grad School, Richland, Mich.; Gabriela Smiley, Biology, Alpharetta.


Georgia's Locus Named SEC's Scholar-Athlete Of The Year

April 30, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- Georgia swimmer Maddie Locus has been chosen as the 2014-15 Southeastern Conference H. Boyd McWhorter Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, according to an announcement Thursday by the league office.

Arkansas track and field athlete Nathanael Franks was named the Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

The two were chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from SEC universities and both will receive a $15,000 post-graduate scholarship, provided by AT&T, an SEC Corporate Sponsor, and the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The 26 remaining male and female finalists for the award -- including Georgia swimmer Nicolas Fink -- will receive a $7,500 post-graduate scholarship.

"Nathanael and Maddie demonstrate the kind of commitment to excellence in the classroom and in competition that reflect the high standards of the Southeastern Conference," Commissioner Mike Slive said. "They represent the very best that college athletics has to offer. They are tremendous representatives of the SEC and their characteristics and accomplishments make them ideal choices for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Award."

"We could not be more proud of Maddie for winning this prestigious award," Georgia head coach Jack Bauerle said. "Her coaches and teammates are as happy about this as Maddie is. She is a great team person and has been instrumental in our quest for championships. Her motivation to succeed in every aspect of her life is remarkable. We're also proud that she is the next in a long line of Georgia swimmers recognized in this way."

Locus is the eighth Georgia swimmer to earn SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, joining Virginia Diederich (1986), Linda Leith (1988), Deanne Burnett (1989), Andy DeVooght (1997), Kim Black (2001), Wendy Trott (2012) and Shannon Vreeland (2014). Georgia tennis players Al Parker and Joey Pitts won the award in 1991 and 2000, respectively.

Georgia leads the list with 10 honorees since the award began in 1986. Alabama is second with nine, followed by Tennessee, Mississippi State and Auburn with six; LSU with five; Ole Miss and South Carolina with four; Florida and Arkansas with three; and Vanderbilt and Kentucky with two.

Locus already has graduated summa cum laude with a double major in Mathematics and Italian. She earned the Outstanding Graduating Senior Italian Major/Minor Award, was named to the SEC and UGA academic honor rolls, and earned UGA's Women's Swimming and Diving Scholarship. Locus was invited to the UGA Number Theory Seminar to present research from the Emory Research Experience for Undergraduates. She also was chosen as a speaker for the Romance Languages Graduation Ceremony.

Locus holds the third-fastest time in the 50 freestyle, eighth-fastest time in the 100 freestyle and ninth-fastest time in the 100 butterfly in school history and she led off the 200 freestyle relay that set the Georgia record. Locus capped her collegiate swimming career by earning All-America status in the 50 and 100 freestyle and on the 200 and 400 freestyle relays at the NCAAs. She also notched All-SEC recognition with top-5 efforts in those events at the conference meet as Georgia won its sixth straight league title.

"I am humbled and truly honored to receive this recognition," Locus said. "I am grateful to Georgia for the educational opportunity I've gotten. I have been fortunate to have such a strong support system of my family, coaches, teammates, classmates, professors, academic counselors and tutors, and friends. They have helped me evolve in my studies and in my swimming, and I've learned valuable lessons along the way that will benefit me the rest of my life. The University of Georgia cares for you on so many levels and these people have helped me grow so much. We've achieved great things in the pool, but I'm equally proud of what we've done academically. It means the world to me to accept this award on behalf of UGA and everyone associated with our swimming and diving program."


Fink, Locus, Mattern Earn NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships

May 8, 2015

Athens, Ga. ---Georgia swimmers Nicolas Fink, Maddie Locus and Jordan Mattern have been chosen as 2015 recipients of NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, according to an announcement Friday by the NCAA.

Fink, Locus and Mattern each will receive a $7,500 Postgraduate Scholarship from the NCAA, which awards 87 to women and 87 to men annually. The Georgia swimming and diving program has produced 34 recipients (26 women, eight men) of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, garnering more than $187,000. Dating back to 1965, Georgia has 73 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients.

"When we sat down with Maddie, Jordan and Nic as freshmen and even before that during the recruiting process, we discussed this as a possible goal, so it's great to see this come to fruition for them," Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. "They all have been spectacular in the classroom and in the pool. They've worked really hard to get where they are and I could not be more proud of them for what they've accomplished. This is a great honor for them and a great honor for the University of Georgia."

Fink, a senior from Morristown, N.J., was chosen earlier as the SEC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year for swimming and diving. He has a 3.80 GPA in Agricultural Engineering. Fink earned a Ramsey Scholarship for Academic and Athletic Excellence, won the Joel Eaves Award as the male senior student-athlete with the best grade point average, and was named to the SEC and Georgia academic honor rolls. Fink ended his career as a 19-time All-American, the second-highest total in school history. He won the 100 and 200 breaststroke titles at the SECs, becoming the first Bulldog and the second male in SEC history to win the 100 breaststroke all four years. Fink set school marks in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and ranks second in the 200 individual medley and seventh in the 50 freestyle in Georgia history, plus he helped the 200 and 400 freestyle and 200 and 400 medley relays set school records.

Locus, a senior from Sugarland, Texas, was named recently as the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for all sports. She recorded a 3.93 grade point average and graduated summa cum laude with a double major in Mathematics and Italian. She was named to the SEC and Georgia academic honor rolls this year and she earned UGA's Women's Swimming and Diving Scholarship. Locus was invited to UGA's Number Theory Seminar to present research from the Emory Research Experience for Undergraduates. She won the Outstanding Graduating Senior Italian Major/Minor Award and was chosen as a speaker for the Romance Languages Graduation Ceremony. Locus capped her collegiate swimming career by earning All-America status in the 50 and 100 freestyle and on the 200 and 400 freestyle relays at the NCAAs. She also notched All-SEC recognition with top-5 efforts in those events at the conference meet. Locus holds the third-fastest time in the 50 freestyle, the eighth-fastest time in the 100 freestyle and the ninth-fastest time in the 100 butterfly in school history, plus she led off the 200 freestyle relay that set the Georgia record.

Mattern, a senior from Aurora, Colo., boasts a 3.70 GPA in Biology and Psychology. She was named to the SEC and UGA academic honor rolls, was chosen as the recipient of the Vickie and Leon Farmer Scholarship, was picked for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and was inducted into Georgia's Leadership Academy. Mattern ended her career seventh in the 200 and 500 freestyle and ninth in the 200 backstroke in school history and she helped the 800 freestyle relay set the Georgia record. She earned All-America and All-SEC recognition this season in the 200 and 500 freestyle and on the 800 freestyle relay.

This is the second straight year that Georgia swimming and diving has produced three recipients. Andrew Gemmell, Laura Ryan and Shannon Vreeland were recognized in 2014.


Equestrian Wins Third Straight Bulldog Cup

April 28, 2015

ATHENS, Ga.

In addition to the Bulldog Cup, Morgan Justiss was given the Marilyn Vincent Scholar-Athlete Award. Kate Skoglund was 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.

Justiss and Paige Stawicki 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 and the men's tennis team were recognized as the recipients of the Faculty Athletics Representative's award, after earning the highest team grade point averages of 3.40 and 3.26, respectively, during the 2013-14 academic year.


Six UGA Student-Athletes Named To Academic All-District At-Large Teams

May 14, 2015

ATHENS, Ga.

Tennis player Lauren Herring and swimmers Olivia Boggs, Maddie Locus and Chantal Van Landeghem were named to the Women's At-Large Team, while swimmers Nicolas Fink and Ty Stewart were selected for the Men's At-Large Team.

As All-District honorees, the six Georgia student-athletes now will be listed on the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot where First-, Second- and Third-Team choices will be named later this month.

A senior from Greenville, N.C., Herring is ranked fifth in singles and 11th in doubles and will lead Georgia against Michigan on Friday in the NCAA Championships Round of 16 in Waco, Texas. She was a Second-Team Academic All-American in 2014 and was on the Third Team in 2013. Herring is a three-time ITA Scholar-Athlete and has been named to the SEC and Georgia academic honor rolls. She earned a Ramsey Scholarship and an SEC Community Service Postgraduate Scholarship.

Boggs, a senior from Smyrna, Ga., scored in three events to help Georgia win the SEC title for the sixth straight year in February. She is enrolled in a combined BBA/Master's of Accounting program. Boggs earned a Ramsey Scholarship, was named to the SEC and Georgia honor rolls, and won the Scholar-Athlete Award for swimming and diving. Last season, she was chosen as a Scholar-Athlete by the College Swim Coaches Association of America.

A senior from Sugarland, Texas, Locus recently earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and was named as the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for all sports. She graduated summa cum laude with a double major in Mathematics and Italian. Locus was named to the SEC and Georgia academic honor rolls and earned Georgia's Women's Swimming and Diving Scholarship. She capped her collegiate career by earning All-America status in the 50 and 100 freestyle and on the 200 and 400 freestyle relays at the NCAAs. Locus claimed SEC titles on the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.

Van Landeghem, a junior from Winnipeg, Manitoba, was an All-American in six events at the NCAAs and won SEC titles in the 50 freestyle and on the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. She previously was named an Elite 89 winner as the swimmer or diver at the national meet with the highest GPA and picked up Georgia swimming's Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. Van Landeghem was a Ramsey Scholarship recipient, was named a CSCAA Scholar All-American, and was chosen for the SEC and Georgia academic honor rolls.

A senior from Morristown, N.J., Fink recently earned an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and was named as the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for swimming and diving. He was a Third-Team Academic All-American in 2014. Fink earned a Ramsey Scholarship, won the Joel Eaves Award as the male senior student-athlete with the top GPA, and was named to the SEC and Georgia academic honor rolls. Fink ended his career as a 19-time All-American, the second-highest total in school history. He won the 100 and 200 breaststroke titles at the SECs, becoming the first Bulldog and the second male in SEC history to win the 100 breaststroke all four years. Fink set school marks in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and on the 200 and 400 freestyle and 200 and 400 medley relays.

Stewart, a junior from Hattiesburg, Miss., scored in three events at the NCAAs and in five events at the SECs for the Bulldogs. He won the NCAA Elite 89 Award for Swimming in 2014 and 2015 for having the top GPA at the national meet. Stewart is a participant in the Georgia Honors Program, earned a Ramsey Scholarship, won swimming and diving's Scholar-Athlete Award, was named to the SEC and Georgia honor rolls, and was picked as a CSCAA Scholar All-American.

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