York Suburban grad and former York YMCA swimming standout Julia Kucherich is one of the two University of Arkansas athletes nominated 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.
A release from the Arkansas athletic communication office stated the following: The SEC, in conjunction with AT&T, an SEC Corporate Champion sponsor, provides the league’s male and female McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship recipients with a $15,000 post-graduate scholarship. The 22 remaining male and female finalists for the award will also receive a $7,500 post-graduate scholarship.
The award recipients are chosen by a committee of Faculty Athletics Representatives from the 12 SEC institutions and are honored at the SEC Spring Meetings in Sandestin, Fla., in late May
Read on for details on Kucherich's credentials
Kinesiology / Dietetics major and on track to graduate in May with her undergraduate degree
Contributed to a highly successful swimming and diving program both academically and athletically during her time at the University of Arkansas
Selected CSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-American in 2011, 2012 and 2013
Named to SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2012 and 2013
Named to SEC First Year Honor Roll in 2011
Made the University of Arkansas’ Dean’s List in Fall 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and in Spring 2012 and 2013
Aided Arkansas swimming and diving in achieving the second-best GPA in the SEC and the ninth-best GPA in the country in 2013
Competed at the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships during each of her four years at Arkansas
Contributed points to Arkansas’ SEC Championship finishes in the 400 individual medley during each of her four seasons and scored points in the 1,650 freestyle during the final three seasons of her career
Helped Arkansas to a 9-1 dual-meet record and was an active member of the team during Arkansas’ longest consecutive dual meet win streak in history, recording 14 wins from Oct. 26, 2012 - Nov. 9, 2013
Served as a captain of the team during the 2012-13 season
Qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in both the 200-meter backstroke and the 400-meter individual medley.
Kucherich was a former stand-out with the York Y, and is one of several swimmers that York coach Michael Brooks trained that is swimming and studying at Division I universities.