Georgia’s Allison Schmitt has been named as the 2012-2013 Roy F. Kramer SEC Female Athlete of the Year the conference announced Tuesday. She was joined in that honor by Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, the men’s winner; Manziel became the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy as the nation’s best football player this year.
Schmitt earned the equivalent award for women’s swimming as the recipient of the 2013 Honda Sports Award for swimming as she led the Georgia Bulldogs to the NCAA Division I National Championship.
She was a member of the 400, and 800 free relays that both won National Championships as well as the individual title in the 200 free.
The conference also recognized Schmitt’s successes in the Olympic pool, where she won gold medals in the individual 200 freestyle and as part of the American women’s 800 free relay, as well as a third gold in the 400 medley relay, a silver medal in the 400 free, and a bronze in the 400 free relay. She was the first Georgia swimmer to ever win individual gold.
Other nominees for the award included: Cory Whitsett, Alabama (golf); Kevin Lazas, Arkansas (track & field); Marcelo Chierighini, Auburn (swimming & diving); Omar Craddock, Florida (track & field); Jarvis Jonesi, Georgia (football); Greg Ferrucci, Kentucky (swimming & diving); Mason Katz, LSU (baseball); Isiah Young, Ole Miss (track & field); Hunter Renfroe, Mississippi State (baseball); David Bonuchi, Missouri (swimming & diving); Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (football); Mikelis Libietis, Tennessee (tennis); Tony Kemp, Vanderbilt (baseball).
The other female nominees were: Stephanie Meadow, Alabama (golf); Makeba Alcide, Arkansas (track & field); Olivia Scott, Auburn (swimming & diving); Bridget Sloan, Florida (gymnastics); A’dia Mathies, Kentucky (basketball); Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU (track & field); Rafaelle Souza, Ole Miss (soccer); Ally McDonald, Mississippi State (golf); Chelsea Thomas, Missouri (softball); Ieasia Walker, South Carolina (basketball); Tori Lamp, Tennessee (swimming & diving); Breeja Larson, Texas A&M (swimming & diving); Tiffany Clarke, Vanderbilt (basketball).
Past swimming winners of the award include a 2005 sweep by Florida’s Ryan Lochte and Auburn’s Kirsty Coventry; Georgia’s Kristy Kowal in 2000; Florida’s Nicole Haislett in 1993 and 1994; Dara Torres in 1988; Tracy Caulkins in 1984; and Rowdy Gaines in 1981.