UK's Oswald is SEC Female Scholar-Athlete of Year
LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 8, 2013) — Chelsea Oswald has been named 2012-13 Southeastern Conference H. Boyd McWhorter Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Alabama Football player Barrett Jones was the men’s recipient of the award.
The honorees 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 sponsor, and the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
“I am extremely grateful for the recognition of this award because I am sure that every other nominee was as capable of winning,” Oswald said. “This award recognizes not only my achievements, but also all the great people who have helped me along the way. I truly would not have been able to do this without the help of the whole University of Kentucky including my coaches, teammates and family.
“I have been given such a great opportunity here at UK, and I’ve just tried my hardest every day to make the most of it. A sincere thank you to all.”
“I couldn’t be prouder of the year Chelsea has had so far,” UK track and field and cross country head coach Edrick Floreal said. “The best is still yet to come. These sorts of awards are the byproduct of early morning workouts and late night study sessions.
“She is the model for what we want to instill from every member of our team.”
Oswald was the recipient of the 2013 NCAA Elite 89 Award for NCAA Indoor Track and Field, which is awarded to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each NCAA Championship.
She is expected to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in May 2013 and a Bachelor of Science in psychology in June 2014. Oswald holds a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
Oswald is a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, the Athletics Director’s Honor Roll and the Dean’s List each semester of her collegiate career. She is an NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship recipient as well as a nominee for the 2013 NCAA Walter Byers Scholarship.
Oswald has been honored as a 2012 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-American in cross country and was also a first-team All-SEC recipient after a third-place finish at the 2012 SEC Cross Country Championships. She also earned 2013 USTFCCCA Indoor Track and Field All-America honors in the 3,000 meters and the distance medley relay. She was also a 2012 USTFCCCA cross country All-Academic honoree.
The SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards were first presented in 1986. They were renamed the SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards in May 1990 to honor the former commissioner who served the conference from 1972-86.
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