Swimmer Simpson honored

Vol swimmer Greg Simpson was honored this week by the NCAA with a post-graduate scholarship.

"Greg has been one of our team academic leaders and a great team co-captain," head coach John Trembley said. "This award is a testimony to his leadership, determination and a conscientious performance in academics."

To be eligible, a student-athlete must be in his final year of eligibility, have performed with distinction in his sport and have a minimum grade-point average of 3.20.

Simpson, a marketing major with a 3.94 GPA, has proven to be a solid performer in the pool and the classroom. This past season Simpson qualified for the NCAA Championships for the fourth-straight season and earned All-America honors for his work on the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay squads. The senior co-captain also ranked seventh in scoring and won six individual dual-meet events for the Vols.

Out of the pool, Simpson was named to his third consecutive SEC Academic Honor Roll, was honored with the Academic Achievement Award for having the highest GPA among all senior student-athletes and was named to the Verizon Academic All-America/District IV At Large Team.

The NCAA awards 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, 87 for men and 87 for women. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are in their last year of intercollegiate athletics competition.

The one-time grants of $6,900 each are awarded for fall sports, winter sports and spring sports. 58 scholarships are awarded for each category, 29 scholarships going to both men and women. The scholarships are one-time, nonrenewable grants.

"We are proud for Greg and his family," Trembley said. "We are also pleased that it reflects good things about Dr. Ruth Darling, Susan Ratliff, the Thornton Athletic Student Life Center and the positive academic peer pressure from his team and coaches."

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