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Bulldog Monthly March 2019

dates and deadlines

March 31: Football Season Ticket Renewal Deadline

April 30: Football Away Game Ticket Application Deadline

Football Ticket Update

Spring practice is underway in Athens, and with G-Day coming up in three weeks, be sure to have your season ticket renewal submitted! With a home schedule featuring opponents like Notre Dame and Texas A&M, the 2019 season is guaranteed to be a thrilling time Between the Hedges.

All donors who submit their ticket renewals by the March 31st deadline can choose whether or not to opt into our new, online football season ticket and parking selection process. Appointment times, instructions on how to participate, and more will be communicated to all who opt into the process in late April. Renewing donors who opt out of the optional seat/parking selection process will retain the same seats and parking they had in the 2018 season.

Away Game Tickets

All Hartman Fund donors will be notified via email in early April when away game ticket applications are available online. The deadline to request away game tickets will be April 30th.

G-Day Game Information

The 2019 G-Day game is rapidly approaching, and we can't wait to see our fans fill Sanford Stadium for a look at the 2019-20 Bulldogs! Admission to the game is free, and all seating will be available for fans with the exception of Section 141 and Sections 208-228. Parking is first-come first-serve, and Sanford Stadium's clear bag policy will be in effect.

Schedule of Events

Date: Saturday, April 20th

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Gates Open: 11:00 a.m.

Alumni Flag Football Game: 11:15 a.m.

Dawg Walk: 12:50 p.m.

Kickoff: 2:00 p.m.

GymDogs Set to Host NCAA Regionals

The eighth-ranked University of Georgia gymnastics team will be the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Athens Regional April 4-6 at Stegeman Coliseum, the NCAA announced Monday.

The Regional begins on April 4th with the first round of competition featuring NC State and New Hampshire. The winner will advance to the second round on April 5.

Georgia will compete in the in the afternoon session of the second round with No. 9 Kentucky, Missouri, and Iowa State, beginning at 2 p.m.

The evening session, scheduled to start at 7 p.m. will include top-ranked Oklahoma, No. 16 California, Maryland, and the winner of the first round.

The top two teams from each second round session will advance to the Regional Final at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. The top two teams will then advance to the NCAA Championships April 19-20 in Fort Worth, Texas.

In 35 all-time regional appearances, Georgia has won 24 regional championships and finished second 11 times. A year ago, the GymDogs advanced through the Tuscaloosa Regional and finished seventh at the NCAA Championships.

To purchase tickets for the NCAA Athens Regional, visit www.georgiadogs.com/tickets.

Four Gymnasts Earn All-American Honors

University of Georgia gymnasts Sydney Snead, Sabrina Vega, Rachel Dickson, and Rachael Lukacs have claimed six Women's Collegiate Gymnastics Association (WCGA) Regular Season All-America Honors.

As the best vaulter in the Southeastern Conference and fifth- ranked in the country, senior Sydney Snead claimed First Team honors on vault after scoring a 9.900 or better in every meet this season, marking a career-high score of 9.950 three times. The Raleigh, North Carolina native also earned Second Team honors in the all-around. Snead is ranked as the 13th-best all-around gymnast in the nation. She leads the GymDogs with 14 event titles in her senior campaign-five on vault and in the all-around, two on beam, and one on bars and floor.

Junior Sabrina Vega earned First Team honors on beam. The Carmel, New York native moonwalked her way to a 9.925 National Qualifying Score (NQS) with seven scores of 9.900 or better for the event this season. She notched a new career-high of 9.950 at Florida and earned five event titles on beam. Vega also earned Second Team honors on floor. She scored a nearly perfect 9.975 on floor against Kentucky to record a career-best.

Junior Rachel Dickson claimed Second Team honors on floor. The Canton, Michigan native scored eight 9.900's or better for the event this season, posting a career-high 9.950 twice.

Freshman Rachael Lukacs earned Second Team honors on vault. The Hillsborough, New Jersey native is ranked as the best freshman vaulter in the SEC (third overall) and top-15 in the country. She earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors three times and earned eight scores of 9.900 or higher on vault, including five in row against SEC opponents.

Three Bulldogs Named to SEC Community Service Teams

Three UGA student-athletes were recently recognized on the SEC's Community Service Teams! The Community Service Team looks to highlight athletes from each school who give back to their community in superior service efforts. Turtle Jackson, Rachael Lukacs, and Stella Martin were all recognized for their outstanding efforts to make a difference in the community while maintaining a high level of performance in the classroom and in competition.

Turtle Jackson - Men's Basketball

Turtle Jackson's numerous community service efforts include assisting with the Northeast Georgia Food Bank's "Stuff the Truck" food drive in the fall surrounding the Thanksgiving holidays, mentoring local children as part of the University of Georgia's Archway Partnership, volunteering for various events at the Boys and Girls Club of Athens and taking part in the Georgia School Nutrition's "Let's Move" initiative.

Jackson was a household name in Athens even before he joined the Bulldogs. He enjoyed a standout prep career at Athens Christian School, where he was a four-time All-State performer. Jackson, a 6-4, senior guard, started 26 of 31 games this season and led the Bulldogs with 68 assists. He averaged 5.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 23.8 minutes per game. Jackson has started 76 of 131 games played at Georgia. Among the Bulldogs' career leaders, he ranks No. 13 in 3-point field goal attempts (393) and No. 16 in 3-point field goals made (126).

Rachael Lukacs - Gymnastics

Since arriving on campus, Lukacs has dove head first into emerging herself in the community of Athens. With her bubbly personality and genuine heart for others, Lukacs is always the first to volunteer when an opportunity arises.

The Hillsborough, New Jersey native is involved with "Reading Across America" where she goes to local preschools and elementary schools to read to the children. She volunteers with the Special Olympics who come to the Georgia facility each week and has volunteered at the Athens Half Marathon and Triathlon events. She has also been involved with raising money for the Cancer Society and local food drives, bringing toiletries and other needed goods to homeless shelters. Lukacs is a devoted member of the Georgia and Athens community and her efforts will continue to spread as she grows as a student-athlete at UGA.

Stella Martin - Equestrian

Junior Stella Martin of the University of Georgia equestrian team was named to the 2019 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Community Service Team, the conference announced Thursday.

As the philanthropic chair of the Georgia equestrian team, Martin has accumulated over 28 hours of community service this season. With a passion for others, she organizes and arranges the service efforts of the team. She has personally volunteered at Butterfly Dreams Farm Therapeutic Riding Center and running in their 5K. She prepared meals for the Athens Area Homeless Shelter and organized all meals in the fall semester. In addition to donating to Red Cross Hurricane relief, Martin volunteers at the Special Olympics gymnastics practice at UGA.

Additionally, the Marietta, Georgia native, has also participated in Shop with a Bulldog, painted bowls to raise money for the Food Bank, donated blankets to the International Rescue Committee, and is a Clarke County Mentor.

Georgia Captures Two Top-10 Performances at NCAAs

Camden Murphy and Javier Acevedo showcased Georgia's performance Friday night during the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

In the championship finals of the 100 butterfly, Murphy finished fifth in 45.03 breaking his own school record for the second time this season. This is a career-best time for the sophomore and his first individual All-America honor.

"I was really excited going a best time," said Murphy. "It's really, really cool because I wasn't really too nervous going in. I was just excited being in the final heat."

During the championship finals of the 100 backstroke, Acevedo finished eighth touching the wall in 45.24.

"We did a good job today," said Jack Bauerle, Georgia's Tom Cousins Swimming and Diving Head Coach. "I'm proud of both guys because they didn't final last year and today is an absolute achievement for them. We want to secure top-20 here and be the team we need to be. After that, we're going to be better, get better, and be back again here next year."

UGA Alum Grade Currently Competing on ‘Jeopardy!’

Former University of Georgia swimmer Steven Grade is currently enjoying a three-day win streak on "Jeopardy!"

"Jeopardy!" airs weekdays on NBC affiliate WXIA Channel 11 out of Atlanta at 7:30 p.m., and Grade has won a total of $64,200 in his three days of competition.

Grade swam from 2006-08 at Georgia and was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll three times.

"It took a lot of hard work to prepare," Grade said. "It was fun, it was stressful, it was exciting. I was exhausted at the end. It was a great experience that I'll never forget. So basically, it was exactly like swimming for UGA!"

Jack Bauerle, Georgia's Tom Cousins Swimming and Diving Head Coach, said he and Grade used to have interesting trivia discussions, and that he was not surprised that Grade landed on "Jeopardy!"

"I'm excited about Steven being on the show," Bauerle said. "It's one of my favorite shows. If any of our former swimmers had general knowledge and a great amount of it, it was Steven. I'm hoping he's going to do great."

G-Club Spotlight: Maria Taylor to Receive UGA Young Alumni Award

Former University of Georgia volleyball and women's basketball student-athlete Maria Taylor has been announced the recipient of the UGA Young Alumni Award, the university announced recently.

Taylor will receive the award as part of the 2019 Alumni Awards Luncheon on Friday, Apr. 5. The awards luncheon will take place at the Grand Hall inside Tate Student Center.

The Young Alumni Award is presented to individuals who bring recognition and honor back to the University of Georgia through outstanding leadership and service to the University, the community, and his or her profession. The honoree, in deed or action, reflects and recognizes the importance of his or her education at the University, demonstrates pride in our alma mater, and shows a continued interest in UGA. The recipient must have attended UGA within the past 10 years.

Beginning in 2014, Taylor has served as a college analyst and reporter on the networks of ESPN. She's been regarded as one of the network's most versatile personalities having appeared on College GameDay Built by Home Depot, ABC Saturday Night Football,andSEC Nation just to name a few.

Taylor was a standout on the volleyball court from 2005 to 2008. The Alpharetta, Georgia native finished her career ranked third with 4,517 attacks, fourth with 2,020 points and fourth with 1,729 kills. She led the team in kills and attacks in three of her four seasons and was twice named an All-SEC performer. In addition to excelling at volleyball and earning a spot on the U.S. National A2 Team in 2007, she also played on the women's basketball team during their 2007 "Sweet 16" campaign, averaging 1.2 points and 1.9 rebounds per game.

A three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll student and representative on the UGA Athletic Association Board of Directors, Maria earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism degree in May 2009 with a major in Broadcast News and a minor in Sociology. As a senior in 2008, Taylor was named a member of Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars Team for volleyball by DIVERSE Issues in Higher Education Magazine. In 2011, she was awarded an Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics from the NCAA and was accepted to UGA's MBA program. She graduated with her Master of Business Administration from UGA in 2013.

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