Aug. 8, 2006
Daphne, Ala. -
School is never out for Auburn University swimmers and divers, as was proven by Adrienne Binder, the United States Sports Academy's Alabama Athlete of the Month for July.
Like many school kids, Binder spent a lot of her summer vacation in the pool, and while she was at it she won three events at the Janet Evans Invitational swim meet in Santa Clara, Calif. She'll return to the Auburn campus this month, where she is coached by 2006 USSA Distinguished Service Award Winner David Marsh.
The US Sports Academy Alabama Athlete of the Month is selected by a voting committee comprised of former Alabama athletes, state-wide media, and Alabama sports organization representatives.
Binder finished ahead of runner-up Stephen Smitherman, an outfielder for the Mobile BayBears, who hit .328 in the month of July with five home runs and 21 RBIs. Tying for third place were Auburn golfer Margaret Shirley and Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Brandon Medders.
Shirley won the Yamaha Georgia Women's Open, shooting a 9-under-par 135 over two rounds at the Canongate-On-White-Oak golf course. She shot a course record 8-under-par 64 in the final round. Medders, a Mississippi State alum from Tuscaloosa, Ala., struck out eight batters in 10.2 innings in his last 10 appearances on the mound, picking up three wins in three decisions with a 0.84 ERA.
In Santa Clara, Binder won the 400-meter freestyle with a time of 4:13.75, the 800-meter freestyle (8:39.93) and the 400-meter individual medley (4:47.20).
The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sport institute designed to serve the nation and the world with programs in instruction, research and service. The role of the Academy, "America's Sports University," in higher education is to prepare men and women for sport professions. The United States Sports Academy is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Baccalaureate degree (level II), the Master of Sports Science degree (level III), and the Doctor of Sports Management degree (level V).
For more information about the United States Sports Academy, call 251-626-3303 or visit the Academy's website www.ussa.edu.