Virginia's Jamie Grimes, Georgia's Kim Black Win NCAA Postgrad Scholarships -- July 27, 2001
INDIANAPOLIS, IND., July 27. THE UNIVERSITY of Virginia's Jamie Grimes (Olney, Md./Sherwood) and the University of Georgia's Kim Black have been selected as recipients of a 2000-2001 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, according to an announcement today by the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee.
Fifty-eight men and 58 women received the $5,000 award. To qualify for an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall grade-point average of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) or its
equivalent and must have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity team in the sport in which the student-athlete was nominated. The student-athlete must have behaved both on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics. The student-athlete also must intend to continue academic work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time of
part-time graduate student.
Grimes, who served as a U. Va.team captain in 2000-2001, was also the recipient of one of the Atlantic Coast Conference's 2001 Weaver-James-Corrigan
Postgraduate Scholarships. Grimes has exhausted his athletic eligibility and will graduate in May of 2002. He is majoring in biology and also working on a master's in secondary education.
This past season, Grimes earned honorable mention All-America accolades in the 1650-yard freestyle with his 15th place finish (15:06.75) at the NCAA Championships. He finished third in the both the 500 and 1650-yard freestyle at the 2001 ACC Championships which UVa won with a meet record 883.5 points. His time of 14:58.45 in the 1650 free was a personal best
and automatically qualified him for the NCAAs.
Grimes earned first-team All-America honors at the 2000 NCAA Championships with a sixth-place finish in the 1500-meter freestyle. He was an honorable
mention All-American in 1999 by placing ninth in the 1650-yard freestyle at the NCAAs.
Academically, Grimes was a first-team College Swimming Coaches Association of American Academic All-American in 1999-2000, and was also named to the 1999-2000 ACC Academic Honor Roll. Grimes was named to the Dean's List five times and is a member of the OKD Honor Society. Grimes was a member of UVa's Captain's Council in 2000-2001 and also served as a volunteer
tutor at local schools this past year.
Kim Black was one of two Georgia Bulldogs to win the NCAA scholarship; the other was basketball player Kelly Miller. Both women were named All-America and Academic All-America during 2001.
A native of Liverpool, N.Y., Black helped the Lady Bulldogs to their third straight NCAA championship and fifth consecutive SEC title this year. She was a member of the winning 800-yard freestyle relay team at the 2001 NCAAs and SECs. Black will be a member of the U.S. team for the World University Games in Beijing, China from Aug. 22-Sept. 1. There she will be
competing in the 800-meter free relay, the same event she earned a gold medal in at the 2000 Olympic Games.
Black, who is the daughter of James and Nancy Black, is a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and a Presidential Scholar at Georgia. This is Black's second accolade from the NCAA this spring as she was the female recipient of the prestigious Walter Byers Post-Graduate Scholarship.
Earlier this year, Black also was honored as the Verizon Academic All-America Fall/Winter Women's At-Large Team Member of the Year as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), and she was the female recipient of the 2000-2001 H. Boyd McWhorter Southeastern Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award as well.
The scholarships earned by Black and Miller represent the 46th and 47th won by University of Georgia student-athletes, the fifth-highest total of any school in the nation. Black becomes the 15th recipient within the
women's swimming and diving program, while Miller becomes the second Lady Bulldog basketball player to earn the honor.