UGA roundup: Vreeland named SEC Female Scholar Athlete of the Year

Georgia swimmer Shannon Vreeland was chosen as the 2013-14 Southeastern Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, it was announced Tuesday.

Golfer Cory Whitsett of Alabama was named the Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Chosen by a committee of faculty athletics representatives from the SEC universities, Vreeland and Whitsett will receive $15,000 postgraduate scholarships from AT&T and the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

Vreeland, an Overland Park, Kan., native, is a double major in economics and international affairs and is on target to graduate in December. She holds a 3.83 GPA, was named a recipient of the Ramsey Scholarship for academic and athletic excellence and chosen as the recipient of the Lisa Coole Memorial Scholarship.

Vreeland is a member of the UGA Honors Program and is in Palladia, SGA, the UGA Leadership Academy, Blue Key and Omicron Delta Kappa.

Vreeland 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 won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics and three gold medals at the 2013 World Championships.

Lawlor earns weekly SEC honor

Georgia sophomore Ryan Lawlor, who pitched a complete game three-hitter in a 3-1 win over seventh-ranked South Carolina last Friday, was named the SEC Co-Pitcher of the Week.

It was Lawlor’s third complete game in his last four starts. He blanked South Carolina for seven innings before allowing a leadoff home run. It would be the only Gamecock to reach second base as he faced just 29 batters (two over the minimum).

Lawlor helped Georgia snap an eight-game skid Friday, and the Bulldogs rode the momentum to their first series win over a top-10 opponent since 2011 and first over South Carolina since 2008. For the year, Lawlor is 4-4 with a 3.31 ERA in 12 starts. Earlier this year, he pitched complete games against Tennessee and at Florida.

Lawlor shared the weekly honor with junior left-hander Ross Mitchell of Mississippi State. Mitchell threw the only complete game shutout on the road in the SEC this year as MSU beat Auburn.

Wilkinson named SEC Pitcher of the Week

Sophomore right-hander Chelsea Wilkinson was named the SEC Pitcher of the Week, a first for Wilkinson.

Wilkinson went 2-0 with a pair of complete-game wins as Georgia swept No. 10 Kentucky in the final regular-season series. She is 26-7 on the year, putting her in a tie for the most wins by an SEC pitcher this season. She now has 28 complete game performances this season.

Wilkinson leads the SEC in strikeouts and innings pitched. She also leads the Bulldogs in ERA (2.14), strikeouts (234), opponent batting average (.188), innings pitched (199.2) and saves (3).

Bulldogs earn top seed for NCAA regional

The Georgia men’s golf team was chosen on Monday as the No. 1 seed for the NCAA San Antonio Regional at the Briggs Ranch Golf Club in Texas.

All six of the national regionals will be held May 15-17. The top five teams from each regional will advance to the NCAA Championship May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Golf Club in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Joining the sixth-ranked Bulldogs in San Antonio will be No. 7 Central Florida, No. 18 UCLA, No. 19 Vanderbilt, South Florida, SMU, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, TCU, Northwestern, College of Charleston, Virginia Commonwealth and Columbia. SMU (American Athletic), Georgia Southern (Southern), Georgia State (Sun Belt), College of Charleston (Colonial), Virginia Commonwealth (Atlantic 10) and Columbia (Ivy) were invited after claiming conference championships.

The other top seeds are No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Oklahoma State, No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 California and No. 5 Georgia Tech. Eighty-one teams and 45 individuals not on those squads were invited to regionals on Monday. The other regionals will be held at Auburn University Club in Auburn, Ala.; The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Mo.; Lonnie Poole Golf Course in Raleigh, N.C.; Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.; and Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.

Bulldogs well-represented on All-SEC teams

Three Georgia softball players were named to the All-SEC First Team.

Chelsea Wilkinson was named to the All-SEC First Team as a pitcher, while Alex Hugo and Paige Wilson were each named first team all-conference selections as infielders.

The three selections was the most first team honorees since the 2010 season. In addition to the All-SEC honorees, Niaja Griffin was named to the SEC Community Service Team.

Wilkinson, Hugo, Wilson, Griffin and the Bulldogs play Florida at 4 p.m. Friday in the SEC tournament in Columbia, S.C.

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