Feb. 15, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Vanderbilt junior swimmer Alyxandra Vernon is one of 12 student-athletes from the Southeastern Conference to be named to the 2013 SEC Women’s Swimming and Diving Community Service Team.
The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to her community in superior service efforts.
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 Recreational 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 learning stations.
“Alyx is very deserving of this award, she is very focused on helping others and trying to make a difference,” said Vanderbilt swimming head coach Jeremy Organ.
The Fair Oaks, Calif., native is also a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee where she does numerous amounts of community service in the Vanderbilt and Nashville community.
Vernon and the Commodores are set to head to the 2013 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships hosted by Texas A&M University, Feb. 19-23.
2013 SEC Community Service Team
Paige McCleary, Junior, Diving, Alabama
Tera Bradham, R-Freshman, Individual Medley, Arkansas
Hannah Riordan, Senior, Freestyle/Backstroke, Auburn
Jamie Bohunicky, Senior, Freestyle, Florida
Maddie Locus, Sophomore, Freestyle/Butterfly, Georgia
Sarah Chewning, Sophomore, Diving, Kentucky
Kaelee Mader, Senior, Individual Medley/Butterfly/Freestyle, LSU
Sharon Finn, Senior, Diving, Missouri
Whitney Avers, Senior, Freestyle/Butterfly/IM, South Carolina
Lauren Solernou, Junior, Backstroke, Tennessee
Allyson Sweeney, Junior, Freestyle/Butterfly, Texas A&M
Alyxandra Vernon, Junior, Butterfly/Individual Medley, Vanderbilt