2011 SEC Women’s Swimming and Diving Community Service Team Announced
Birmingham, Ala -- The SEC sponsors Community Service Teams for all 20 league sponsored sports. The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to her community in superior service efforts. The 2011 Women’s Community Service Team follows:
Kelsie Ludolph, Senior, Freestyle, Alabama
Spends considerable time tutoring and mentoring students at the Cottondale Elementary School … participated in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk … took part in the Tide’s Power of Pink breast cancer awareness initiative … worked with the Swimming and Diving Bake Sale … participated in the Tide’s Halloween Extravaganza … worked the Tide’s Laps for CF initiative. The Peoria, Ill. native is also a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and an Honorable Mention Scholar All-American.
Erica Meissner, Senior, Backstroke/IM, Auburn
Meissner has dedicated much of her time during her collegiate career to community service. Recently, the senior co-captain and the Auburn team took part in the local organization Big House Dec. 2010 and welcomed foster children to the pool where they made gifts for the families the kids were a part of. Meissner has been a part of many local food drives and toy drives put together by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and as volunteered her time to sign autographs and give out candy at the City of Auburn Trick or Treat event. Erica’s passion is geared toward the community and lately, she has been active in researching the effects of community-supported agriculture and community gardens for her degree. She has dedicated her time to local organizations with those focuses. Meissner is also an All-American, an SEC Academic Honor Roll selection and a CSCAA Academic All-American.
Anna-Liisa Pold, Junior, Backstroke/IM, Florida
Pold’s various community efforts include: Serving as a volunteer for the Alachua County Crisis Center, the MLK Day Service Project, Haiti Relief 5K, and Climb for Cancer. A 2008 Olympian for her native country, Estonia, Polds was a 2009 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll selection and a 2010 SEC Academic Honor Roll selection. In addition, she is a two-time CSCAA Academic All-American.
Lauren Cartwright, Senior, Georgia
Cartwright is the swimming and diving representative to the Georgia Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Her community efforts include volunteering at the 2010 SEC Together We Can food drive, the Athens Area Homeless Shelter and participating in Relay For Life. Cartwright also collected money to help provide Thanksgiving meals to Barrow Elementary School families and participated in a Christmas card signing for troops stationed at Fort Knox shortly before they were deployed. Cartwright holds the fifth-best times in the 400 individual medley and 200 butterfly and the ninth-best time in the 200 individual medley in school history. Additional accolades include being chosen as a recipient of the Ramsey Academic Scholarship, chosen as an Academic All-American by the CSCAA and being named to the SEC and UGA Academic Honor Rolls.
Kayla Sergesketter, Senior, Freestyle, Kentucky
Sergesketter’s community service efforts include volunteering for activities and organizations like Touch-a-Truck Child Development Center for the Bluegrass, Tri for Sight Triathlon, Legacy Trail Grand Opening and Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome. She has also tutored at Tates Creek Elementary, helped out at Big Blue Madness fundraiser, God’s Pantry backpack program (packing), Jesus Prom and was a Salvation Army Bell Ringer. Sergesketter has logged over 29 hours of community service throughout the season, while also earning NCAA (B) provisional times in the 50-, 100- and 200-freestyle. She has seven NCAA (B) provisional times, including four relays (200- and 400-freestyle relays and the 200- and 400-medley relays), the highest GPA on the team and leads the Cats in the 50-, 100- and 200-freestyle events.
Shanna Spears, Senior, Distance Freestyle, LSU
Coordinates team’s community service efforts as Vice President of LSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee … Led a long-term effort with the Girls Hope Boys Hope organization to provide free swimming clinics this spring for teens and children … Volunteers in local public schools’ Everybody Reads programs … Helped renovate local Lanier Elementary School as part of NBC show School Pride … Assisted a local dentistry in putting on Give Kids a Smile Day, an effort to provide underprivileged children with a free teeth cleaning and dental education … Set up physical fitness stations for young children and promoted healthy lifestyles as part of the American Heart Association’s Go Healthy Challenge … Spearheaded the team’s Christmas toy
drive to provide needy children with gifts for the holidays. Spears was a 2009-10 SEC Community Service Team member … Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in the past two seasons … Serves as a team co-captain in 2010-11.
Mallory Cage, Junior, Breaststroke, South Carolina
Cage helped coordinate Dance Marathon team from athletic department and collected bottle caps from swimmers to help softball team with project to raise money for dialysis for children in the Columbia area. Cage helped coordinate South Carolina’s contribution to SEC “Together We Can” food drive and with setup for Juvenile Diabetes research Foundation “Palmetto Walk to Cure Diabetes”. She arranged a team visit to Duke University Hospital before team’s meet at Duke to visit a boy with a terminal illness; she had coached the boy in youth swimming in her hometown. The Waxhaw, N.C. native is also secretary of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, works as a sports writer for The Daily Gamecock and is a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
Gabrielle Trudeau, Junior, Diving, Tennessee
Trudeau participated in Habitat for Humanity in August and helped put a roof on a house and she participated in the Lady Vols Donor Thank-o-Thon which consisted of calling donors to thank them for their contribution to the athletic department. Trudeau went to a local elementary school for a reading night and read to the children, made a visit to the local children's hospital, went to Cleveland (Tenn.) to shop at K Mart with underprivileged kids at Christmas time. The Montreal, Canada native sold towels before the Florida football game in which all proceeds went to Second Harvest Food Bank and helped at the SAAC Holiday Dinner which gives homeless people an opportunity to have a holiday meal.