Locus and Dun named recipients of Joel Eaves Scholar-Athlete Award

University of Georgia track & field athlete Jared Dunn and swimmer Maddie Locus have been named winners of the 2013-14 Joel Eaves Scholar-Athlete Award.

The award is presented to the male and female student-athletes with the highest grade point average upon entering the fall semester of his or her senior year, based upon academic hours rather than eligibility.

Dunn and Locus will be recognized at the football game against South Carolina on Sept. 7.

Eaves was Director of Athletics at UGA from 1963 to 1979, and the award was established with the aim of acknowledging his contributions during his tenure while also highlighting the academic achievements of current student-athletes.

Dunn, a native of Johns Creek, Ga., is majoring in Public Relations and boasts a 3.93 GPA. As a junior last season, Dunn clocked a season-best time of 8.45 in the 60-meter hurdles at the Auburn Invite. During the outdoor campaign, Dunn finished fifth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.88 at the Spec Towns Invite.

Locus, a native of Sugar Land, and a junior based upon eligibility, currently owns a 3.95 GPA while majoring in mathematics. During the 2012-13 season, she was named to both the UGA Athletic Association’s Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Locus currently owns the sixth-fastest time in school history in the 50 freestyle and the eighth-fastest time in the 100 freestyle. She was a member of the 200 freestyle relay that came in second at the NCAA Championship as the Lady Bulldogs won the program’s fifth national title. She was also named a first-team All-SEC selection and chosen to the SEC Community Service Team. During the summer of 2012, Locus qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle.

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