BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Swimmers Greg Houchin and Christine Magnuson have been nominated by the University of Tennessee for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship.
The H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship has been presented by the Southeastern Conference since 1986 to the league’s top male and female scholar-athletes.
The Southeastern Conference will name the 2009 recipients of the scholarship on April 6 in conjunction with National Student-Athlete Day.
Houchin, a senior from Nashville, has a 3.23 grade point average and is majoring in Psychology. During the Spring 2008 semester, he earned top ten GPA status among all male student-athletes at Tennessee. He was awarded a $2,000 grant to perform research as part of UT’s Summer Research Institute in 2006 and had an article published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine.
He is currently working as part of an internship with Impact Associates, which is a consulting firm licensed in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He was the VOLScholar Award Winner for the swim team, accumulating more academic points than any other member of the squad.
Houchin is a four-year letter winner for the Vols, concentrating on the butterfly and distance freestyle. He earned wins in the 200-yard fly against Kentucky and in the Tennessee Invitational. He is 13th all-time in the 200-yard fly at Tennessee and is U.S Open Qualifier in the 100- and 200-yard fly and a USA National Qualifier in the 200-yard fly.
He has volunteered with Special Olympics, assisting athletes in the swimming competition, and has participated in Habitat for Humanity. He has also collected toys for the annual Toys for Tots program.
Magnuson, a senior from Tinley Park, Ill., has a 3.68 grade point average and is majoring in Exercise Science. She is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll (Winter 2009 honor roll to be announced later this month). She has earned the Thornton Center Honor Roll (3.0 GPA or higher) every semester at Tennessee and is enrolled in the Honors Program.
She is the reigning SEC and NCAA champion in the 100-yard butterfly and was the recipient of the Commissioner’s Trophy after taking four gold medals at the SEC Championships. She was also named the SEC Female Swimmer of the Year and Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Magnuson earned a silver medal in the 2008 Olympic Games in the 100m butterfly and the 400m medley relay. She has also placed in the top five in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly at U.S. Nationals. She holds eight school records, is a multiple-time All-American and has been ranked in the top 20 in the world in the 100m butterfly for the last two years.
She is very active in the community, serving as a representative on UT’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She has assisted in the SAAC Holiday Dinner for the Homeless, the SAAC Easter Egg Hunt at Maynard Elementary School and the SEC SAAC “Together We Can” canned food drive and has been a team captain of UT Hospital visits. She has also assisted at the YWCA, Relay for Life and Race for the Cure.