Feb. 16, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vanderbilt swimming senior Alyxandra Vernon was named as one of 12 student-athletes to the 2014 SEC Women's Swimming and Diving Community Service Team. This is the second-straight year that Vernon has received the honor.
The Community Service Team looks to highlight a student-athlete from each school who gives back to his/her community in various service efforts.
Vernon has done a lot to give back to the community. She volunteers for both Homeward Bound in her home state of California and is the co-founder of $100 Solution. Homeward Bound is a dog shelter for Golden Retrievers, while $100 Solution is an organization whose goal is to educate underprivileged children on the importance of nutrition and exercise.
Vernon also finished her first season as the head coach of the Belle Meade Country Club swim team this past year, leading them to their first undefeated season in four years. She also acts as a swim coach for SwimAmerica-Nashville.
The Fair Oaks, Calif. native is also a leader outside of the pool. She spent last spring break in Lima, Peru doing relief work at a local orphanage. That trip was followed up by a "Vanderbilt Maymester" in Vienna, Austria, which was a six week course on international diplomacy.
Finally, Vernon is actively involved in the Vanderbilt community, serving as the Vice President for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
Vernon and the `Dores will wrap up their season this week at the 2014 SEC Championships at the University of Georgia.