AUBURN, Alabama, May 8. AUBURN men’s swimmers Spencer Kerns and TJ Leon have been awarded NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, the NCAA announced.
Both Kerns and Leon just completed their final year of eligibility for the Tigers in 2014. Kerns recently graduated with a degree in chemistry and Spanish, while Leon will graduate in December 2014 with a degree in pre-medicine/biomedical sciences. The pair was also honored at April’s AUSPY Awards as both received the Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.
Kerns was recently accepted to graduate school at the University of Texas, while Leon plans to attend medical school once he completes his undergraduate work.
A four-year letterwinner for the Tigers, Kerns was a Rhodes Scholarship Nominee and was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll. The Grand Bay, Ala., native competed at the 2012 Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb.
Leon was a member of Auburn’s 200 freestyle relay team that captured the NCAA title in 2013. In his four years at Auburn, Leon was a five-time All-American, All-SEC First Team selection and three-time SEC Champion in the 200 free relay. He served as the team captain for the Tigers in 2013-14 and was also Auburn’s nominee for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
The NCAA scholarship committee selects 29 women and 29 men each season (fall, winter, spring) for the $7,500 honor. Created in 1964, the NCAA postgraduate scholarships promote and encourage academic excellence in education by rewarding the NCAA’s most accomplished student-athletes.
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