BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The SEC sponsors Community Service Teams for all 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 2013 SEC Women’s Swimming and Diving Community Service Team follows:
Paige McCleary, Junior, Diving, Alabama
Worked with Tuscaloosa community children during the Crimson Tide’s annual Halloween Extravaganza…Visited and spent time with residents at the Glen Haven Health & Rehabilitation Center…Took part in Alabama Swimming and Diving Team’s annual Laps for CF event at the Alabama Aquatic Center…participated in the Tide’s Power of Pink initiative, raising awareness in the fight against breast cancer…Member of Alabama’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, helping direct the community service activities of UA’s student-athletes...Captain of the 2013 team…A two-time CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-American…Two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll…A two-year SEC Championship Finalist off both the 1-meter and 3-meter board…Championship finalist at the 2012 NCAA Zone B Championships…2011 SEC Freshman Diver of the Year…Crimson Tide’s 2012 Christina Jarvis Most Valuable award…Dean’s List (3.5 or better GPA) student.
Tera Bradham, R-Freshman, Individual Medley, Arkansas
Tallied 36.5 community service hours for the fall semester working with Horses for Healing (14.5 hours), FCA (1 hour), Run for Love (15 hours), Harps Canned Food Drive (1 hour), Miracle League (3 hours), Campus Food Pantry (1 hour) and the Fayetteville Half Marathon (1 hour)...SEC Honor Roll...Academic champion at Arkansas (4.0 GPA)...Fellow in the Honors College...Received an honors grant to study abroad.
Hannah Riordan, Senior, Freestyle/Backstroke, Auburn
Volunteered at Big House in December 2010 and 2011...Participated in "Quidditch for Quesimpuco", a fundraiser that supports Auburn University's chapter of Engineers Without Borders...AU Swimming & Diving representative for Downtown Halloween in 2011 and 2012...Core Volunteer at Lee County Humane Society, 2010-12...Lee County Humane Society/Petco Adoption Event (April 2012)...Volunteered with the Museum of East Alabama...Six-time NCAA All-American; four-time SEC Champion...Canadian National Record-Holder in 4x100 freestyle relay (2008-10)...Canadian National Champion in 4x100 freestyle relay (2010)...Canadian Olympic Trials finalist/medalist (2008, 2012)...Three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll and Academic Top Tiger...Member of Chi Alpha Omega, Golden Key and Pi Delta Phi honor societies.
Jamie Bohunicky, Senior, Freestyle, Florida
Volunteered four hours with Habitat for Humanity, two hours with Caleb’s Pitch Syringe Art and two hours with Noah’s Endeavor Swimming...Three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll...Three-time CSCAA Scholar All-American.
Maddie Locus, Sophomore, Freestyle/Butterfly, Georgia
Member of the UGA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, serving as a liaison between student-athletes and the athletic department, the SEC and the NCAA. The SAAC identifies and meets community service needs...Has read to kindergartners at an Athens elementary school...Delivered donated books on behalf of the Athletic Association to an Athens elementary school...Sorted food at the Athens food bank with members of the swimming and diving team...Tutored students for their Spanish classes...Volunteered as a water safety instructor at a Girl Scout event...Volunteered at a program offering swim lessons and teaching water safety.
Sarah Chewning, Sophomore, Diving, Kentucky
Community service projects include UK Fusion, Special Olympics swim meet, Maxwell Presbyterian Church, Thursday Evening Meals (served meals to homeless), Ruth Palumbo Precinct flyer drop off, Christian Student Fellowship and the ACS Hope Lodge...SEC First Year Honor Roll 2011-12...Athletic Director Honor Roll, Fall and Spring 2011-12.
Kaelee Mader, Senior, Individual Medley/Butterfly/Freestyle, LSU
Super Bowl volunteer...Back to School Bash volunteer...Summer 2011 DC volunteer work...Purple & Gold Blood Drive volunteer...BCS Champions through Service Project at New Orleans Boys & Girls Club...Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital Visit...College & Career Day Fair participant at Dufrocq Elementary...Marathon volunteer at Wampold Park...Give Kids a Smile Day volunteer...Read Across Louisiana event volunteer...Read Across America Day volunteer (two times)...Spring Greening Day (two times)... Geaux Givers Recruiting Trip...Halloween BOOzar and Foundation 56 breast cancer awareness volunteer...Second year serving as a Swimming & Diving rep on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Sharon Finn, Senior, Diving, Missouri
Finn is active in the Columbia community in a myriad of organizations. She coordinated a service event for student-athletes at the Tiger Place Independent Living Center, helped make videos for a local elementary school for a literacy week reading initiative, organized a team to help as Columbia Food Bank volunteers, helped the team package gifts at Christmas for the Boys & Girls Club of Columbia and volunteered at an MS 150 Bike-Ride.
Whitney Avers, Senior, Freestyle/Butterfly/IM, South Carolina
Participated in the Light the Night Walk to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society...Works in the nursery at First Presbyterian Church...Served dinner at Transitions Homeless Shelter...Team Captain...SEC Academic Honor Roll...President's Honor List (Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012)...Arnold School of Public Health Dean's List...School of Public Health Dean's Student Advisory Council Student Representative...Exercise Science Club Health Fitness Track Student Representative...Student-Athlete Advisory Council Representative.
Lauren Solernou, Junior, Backstroke, Tennessee
Helped with a holiday dinner to feed those in the Knoxville community...Participated in caroling during the holidays at a nearby nursing home...Participated in a present wrapping activity...Participated in the Man Run and BBBS Movie Event.
Allyson Sweeney, Junior, Freestyle/Butterfly, Texas A&M
Participated in “The BIG EVENT” – In 2012, over Texas A&M 17,500 students volunteered to complete almost 1,650 jobs, performing tasks that range from painting, to yard work, and to cleaning. Already the largest one-day, student-run service project in the nation, The Big Event has expanded to 75 other schools across the nation. The Big Event Committee is responsible for planning and organizing all events surrounding this day, allowing students to work with residents in their community...Volunteered at the “Fall Festival” for local elementary school... Coordinated H.O.S.T. for Aggie Athletes Involved – mentoring first-graders on importance of reading...Helped with Twin City Missions – Swimming and Diving team volunteered at the organization’s soup kitchen during holiday training...Other community service projects include the Special Olympics, “Aggies Can” canned food drive and Hard Hats for Little Heads – Making sure young people have safety helmets...Hosts young people at various Texas A&M sporting events in conjunction with the Junior Aggie Club...Co-Vice President of Aggies Athletes Involved (AAI).
Alyxandra Vernon, Junior, Butterfly/Individual Medley, Vanderbilt
Vernon helped create a program called the $100 Solution with a fellow classmate named David Landzberg. Each Friday, a group of children from the Salama School in Nashville come to the Vanderbilt Rec Center to learn how to swim and learn the importance of exercise/nutrition. Vernon’s duties range from instructing/teaching swimming to creating the lesson plans and “stations”...Member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee where she does numerous amounts of community service.