Feb. 15, 2013
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BIRMINGHAM - Auburn senior swimmers Kyle Owens and Hannah Riordan were named to the SEC Swimming & Diving Community Service Team, the league office announced Thursday.
Owens, from Johnson City, Tenn., was selected to the team for the second time. He has served as the swim team's coordinator for the SEC Canned Food Drive and has been a member of the Auburn Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He has spent time volunteering for Big House, where he helped care for and entertain foster children on Friday nights, and he has served on the USA Swimming Legal Hearing Panel where he determined eligibility of applying members based off flagged background checks.
A pre-med major, Owens has also volunteered in admissions at the non-profit Mercy Medical Clinic, which provides care to people without medical insurance, and he also helped with Project Uplift, where he has mentored an underprivileged child by helping with homework and attending activities with them.
Riordan, who came to Auburn from Cornwall, Ontario, Canada, also volunteered with Big House and helped out with the SEC Canned Food Drive. She also participated in "Quidditch for Quesimpuco," a fundraiser that supports Auburn University's chapter of Engineers Without Borders. She was Auburn's swimming & diving representative for the Downtown Halloween event the last two years, and she has volunteered numerous times with the Lee County Humane Society.
Riordan and Owens are both standout students as well. Both are three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll and Academic Top Tiger selections. Riordan is a member of Chi Alpha Omega, Golden Key and Pi Delta Phi honor societies, and Owens was selected as the 2012 SEC Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
The SEC sponsors Community Service Teams for all league-sponsored sports. The Community Service Team looks to highlight an athlete from each school who gives back to his or her community in superior service efforts.