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SEC Announces McWhorter Award Winners

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

University of Alabama golfer Cory Whitsett and University of Georgia swimmer Shannon Vreeland have been named the 2013-14 Southeastern Conference H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athletes of the Year, Commissioner Mike Slive announced Tuesday.

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 Champion, and the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

"Cory and Shannon demonstrate a commitment to excellence that makes them the ideal choices for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Award," Slive said.  "This is the SEC's most prestigious award and they deserve this honor because of their hard work that allows them to excel at the highest level in their sport and in the classroom.  I congratulate them as outstanding representatives of their respective institutions and the SEC."

A business major, who graduated this past Saturday, Whitsett's accomplishments both on and off the golf course are nearly unmatched in collegiate golf.  Whitsett was the 2013 SEC Golfer of the Year and SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a two-time NCAA Elite 89 Award winner as the golfer with the highest grade-point average (4.0) at the NCAA Championships.

An at-large member of the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America team and a Cleveland Golf All-American Scholar, he is a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection and was named to the SEC Newcomer Academic Honor Roll in 2011.

In 2013 he helped lead Alabama to the NCAA Championship and spent time as the world's No. 1 amateur while helping lead the United States to victory at the 2013 Walker Cup and Palmer Cup.

He is a four-year starter at Alabama, earning first team All-SEC in each of his first three years and consensus first team All-America honors in 2013 while gaining a second-team selection in 2011 and 2012.  He was a member of the 2013 All-Nicklaus Team and the 2011 All-Mickelson Team, and he owns five career individual medalist honors, second most at Alabama and is third in school history in scoring average (71.45).

The 2011 SEC Freshman of the Year, he has 16 top-five and 22 top-10 finishes in his career and has won three individual titles at the Linger Longer Invitational as well as the 2011 Western Refining All-American Classic and the 2013 Aggie Invitational.

Vreeland is a double major in Economics and International Affairs and is on target to graduate in December 2014.  She was named a recipient of the Ramsey Scholarship for Academic and Athletic Excellence and chosen as the recipient of the Lisa Coole Memorial Scholarship.

Named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll, Vreeland was picked as a swimming and diving representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and chosen for the Southeastern Conference Community Service Team.  She was previously recognized as the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for swimming and diving.

She 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.  She came in second on the 800 freestyle relay, third on the 400 medley relay and fourth on the 400 freestyle relay at the NCAAs.

Vreeland, a team captain, won the 200 freestyle and placed second in the 100 and 500 freestyle at the SEC Championships as the Lady Bulldogs won their fifth straight title.  She finished first on the 400 and 800 freestyle relays and second on the 400 medley relay at the SEC meet.

Named the Kansas City Sports Commission's Sportswoman of the Year, Vreeland earned a Golden Goggles Award from USA Swimming for Relay Performance of the Year after helping the 400-meter freestyle relay win gold and set the American record at the 2013 World Championships.  She also placed second in the 100-meter freestyle, fourth in the 200-meter freestyle and eighth in the 400-meter freestyle as the United States defeated Europe 132-131 in the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool in Scotland, and she swam on the runner-up 400-meter freestyle relay in the Duel in the Pool.

Vreeland 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 Georgia school history. She led off the 800 freestyle relay that set the American, U.S. Open, NCAA and Georgia records and she led off the 400 freestyle relay that lowered the NCAA, U.S. Open and Georgia marks.  She also swam on the 400 freestyle relay that set the American record.

The 13 other male recipients are:  Hall Fess, Arkansas (tennis); TJ Leon, Auburn (swimming & diving), Bob van Overbeek, Florida (tennis); Andrew Gemmell, Georgia (swimming & diving); Tyler Riggs, Kentucky (soccer); Sean McMullen, LSU (baseball); Tyler Campbell, Ole Miss (football); Malte Stropp,  Mississippi State (tennis); Max Storms, Missouri (cross country); Stephen Anderson, South Carolina (soccer); Rick Lamb, Tennessee (golf); Paul-Marc Schweitzer, Texas A&M (swimming & diving); Fitz Lassing, Vanderbilt (football).

The 13 other female recipients are:  Kim Jacob, Gymnastics, Alabama (gymnastics); Julia Kucherich, Arkansas (swimming & diving); Jennifer Waxman, Auburn (equestrian); Agata Strausa, Florida (track & field/cross country); Emily Holsopple, Kentucky (rifle); Simone Heyward, LSU (softball); Caroline Rohde-Moe, Ole Miss (tennis); Elisabeth Sullivan, Mississippi State (soccer); Alyssa Diggs, Missouri (soccer); Danielle Au, South Carolina (soccer); Ellen Renfroe, Tennessee (softball); Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar, Texas A&M (soccer/basketball/tennis); Kendra Hendrix, Vanderbilt (soccer).

Past recipients include:  2013 - Barrett Jones, Alabama (football) and Chelsea Oswald, Kentucky (track & field/cross country); 2012 - Michael Roth, South Carolina (baseball) and Wendy Trott, Georgia (swimming & diving); 2011 - Dan Mazzaferro, Auburn (swimming & diving) and Erica Meissner, Auburn (swimming & diving); 2010 - Jordan Anderson, Auburn (swimming & diving) and Phoebe Wright, Tennessee (track & field); 2009 - Bram ten Berge, Ole Miss (golf) and Christine Magnuson, Tennessee (swimming & diving); 2008 - Joseph Sykora, Alabama (golf) and Kristen Hastrup, Auburn (swimming & diving);  2007 - Emeel Salem, Alabama (baseball) and Erika Schneble, Vanderbilt (track & field); 2006 - Rudy Niswanger, LSU (football) and Sarah Lowe, Florida (basketball); 2005 - Rob Robertson, Ole Miss (football) and Lauryn McCalley, Tennessee (swimming & diving); 2004 - Caesar Garcia, Auburn (swimming & diving) and Lauren Imwalle, Alabama (soccer); 2003 - Matt Bonner, Florida (basketball) and Kristin Sterner, Alabama (gymnastics); 2002 - Trey Dyson, South Carolina (baseball) and Tiffany Woolley, Arkansas (softball); 2001 - Scott Westerfield, Mississippi State (football) and Kim Black, Georgia (swimming); 2000 - Joey Pitts, Georgia (tennis) and Lisette Lee, LSU (golf); 1999 - Jeff Zurcher, Kentucky (football) and Jessica Field, Arkansas (volleyball); 1998 - Jeremy Jackson, Mississippi State (baseball) and Shani Abshier, South Carolina (volleyball); 1997 - Andrew DeVooght, Georgia (swimming) and Meredith Willard, Alabama (gymnastics); 1996 - Martin Nyberg, LSU (swimming) and Michelle Palmisano, Vanderbilt (basketball); 1995 - Michael Blanchard, LSU (football) and April Ecke, Mississippi State (cross country); 1994 - Peter Duitsman, South Carolina (soccer) and Tammy Newlon, Mississippi State (basketball); 1993 - Lang Wiseman, Tennessee (basketball) and Aimee York, Mississippi State (volleyball); 1992 - Jeff Laubenthal, Alabama (baseball) and Jenifer Kleyn, Auburn (volleyball); 1991 - Al Parker, Georgia (tennis) and Patty Wiegand, Tennessee (track and cross country); 1990 - Burke Masters, Mississippi State (baseball) and Janice Kerr, Florida (gymnastics); 1989 - Mikael Olander, LSU (track) and Deanne Burnett, Georgia (swimming); 1988 - Danny Hoskins, Ole Miss (football) and Linda Leith, Georgia (swimming); 1987 - Jeff Noblin, Ole Miss (football) and Julie Estin, Alabama (gymnastics); 1986 - John Young, Tennessee (track) and Virginia Diederich, Georgia (swimming).

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