The Florida Gator men and Georgia Bulldog women picked up two weekly SEC awards apiece after wins over Tennessee and Emory, respectively.
Matt Elliott is the men’s swimmer of the week after tripling up on wins, including a hotly-contested 400 IM tie with star Vol freshman Sam McHugh. His Florida teammate Caeleb Dressel was named freshman of the week after dropping a 19.51 against Tennessee in the 50 free.
Georgia had two rookies earn honors. Freshman diver Olivia Ball was named diver of the week after two wins, and her classmate Meaghan Raab earned freshman of the week honors after going 4-for-4 including a foray into the breaststroke events against Emory.
Arkansas got on the board with an award, as junior Anna Mayfield stayed red-hot and earned female swimmer of the week. Mayfield broke a pool record in winning three individual races against Kansas.
Kentucky’s Levi Lindsey is the male diver of the week after leading 1-2 sweeps of both boards for the Wildcats.
The following is a press release courtesy of the SEC:
Male Swimmer of the Week
Matt Elliott • Florida
Senior • Peoria, Ill.
Elliott posted season-best times in all three of his individual events in Florida’s win over No. 11 Tennessee. He recorded NCAA B cuts in the 100 breast (54.02), 200 breast (1:56.05) and the 400 IM (3:47.14), claiming first-place finishes in the 100 and 200 breast and tying for the top spot in the 400 IM.
Male Diver of the Week
Levi Lindsey • Kentucky
Freshman • Bridgeport, Texas
Lindsey won both diving events to help UK finish 1-2 in each event. He scored career highs on both events. On the platform, Lindsey finished first with a 372.75, winning by over 98 points. On 3-meter, he scored a 368.70 to win by over 40 points to lead UK to a 1-2-3 finish.
Male Freshman of the Week
Caeleb Dressel • Florida
Freshman • Green Cove Springs, Fla.
In Florida’s victory over No. 11 Tennessee, Dressel recorded NCAA B cuts in the 100 fly (47.43) and 50 free (19.51) en route to winning both events. He was also a member to the winning 200 medley relay and 400 free relay teams.
Female Swimmer of the Week
Anna Mayfield • Arkansas
Junior • San Antonio, Texas
For the third consecutive dual meet, Mayfield swept all her individual events, leading the Razorbacks with four wins in Arkansas’ 194-105 rout of Kansas. In the 500 freestyle, she broke her own pool record she set when Arkansas traveled to Kansas in 2013 with a time of 4:51.78. Mayfield also picked up first-place finishes in the 100 backstroke (55.46) and aided Arkansas’ ‘A’ 200 medley (1:43.56) and 200 freestyle (1:35.16) relays to top finishes. On the day, Mayfield contributed 40 points to the Razorbacks’ scoring efforts.
Female Diver of the Week
Olivia Ball • Georgia
Freshman • Powell, Ohio
In No. 1 Georgia’s win over Emory, Ball won both springboards. She won the 1-meter with 324.15 points and the 3-meter with 369.08 points. Each points total marked a season high and increased her Zone qualifying score. Behind Ball, the Lady Bulldogs completed the dual meet portion of the season with an 11-0 record and the 13th undefeated season in school history. The Lady Bulldogs also pushed their home win streak to 94 straight dating back to Nov. 8, 1995 (Ball was born during the 1995-96 season).
Female Freshman of the Week
Meaghan Raab • Georgia
Freshman • Hummelstown, Pa.
In No. 1 Georgia’s win over Emory, Raab won three individual events and was on a victorious relay. She swept the breaststroke events, taking the 100 in 1:04.83 and the 200 in 2:18.60, and she won the 200 individual medley in 2:00.82. Raab also helped the 200 medley relay win in 1:41.95.
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