Gkolomeev, Henry Named 2014-2015 SEC Swimmers of the Year

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference announced its annual men’s and women’s swimming & diving awards to cap the 2014-15 season.

Alabama’s Kristian Gkolomeev was named the Male Swimmer of the Year. At the 2015 SEC Championships, Gkolomeev won the 50 free in a time of 18.64 and 100 free at 41.68. He also swam the leadoff leg of the first-place 200 medley relay team and anchor for the 400 medley relay squad. The sophomore went on to win the 2015 NCAA 100 freestyle title with a final time of 41.56.

Texas A&M’s Sarah Henry was named the Female Swimmer of the Year. At the 2015 NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships, she set the pool record in the 400 IM with a winning time of 4:02.47. Henry also finished third in the 500 free, and took fourth in the 1650 free and as part of the 800 free relay team. At the SEC Championships, she finished second in the 400 IM and with the 800 free relay, and captured third place in the 500 free and 1650 free.

Fraser McKean of Auburn received the Male Diver of the Year award. He took first place in the platform at the 2015 SEC Championships, recording a final score of 451.95. McKean also finished in the top 10 at the SEC Championships in the 1-meter (seventh) and 3-meter (fifth) events. At the NCAA Championships, he took fifth place in the platform and sixth in the 3-meter.

Rebecca Hamperian of Kentucky was chosen as the Female Diver of the Year. She was runner-up in the 1-meter at the SEC Championships this season, and took fourth place in the same event at the NCAA Championships. Hamperian also earned a seventh-place finish in the women’s platform at NCAAs.

Florida’s Caeleb Dressel was selected as the Male Freshman Swimmer of the Year. He became the first Gator ever to win the 50 free at the NCAA Championships, touching the wall first in a time of 18.67. It was the first time a Florida freshman won an individual title in 13 years. At the SEC Championships, he won the 100 fly (45.28) while taking second in the 50 and 100 free.

Texas A&M’s Béryl Gastaldello was tabbed the Female Freshman Swimmer of the Year. She set the meet record in the 100 fly at the SEC Championships with a time of 50.87. Gastaldello earned second place in the 100 back along with the 200 and 400 medley relay teams.

Tennessee’s Liam Stone and Georgia’s Olivia Ball were selected as the Freshman Divers of the Year. Stone set the meet record in the 3-meter with a final score of 463.50, and came in seventh place in the same event at the NCAA Championships. Ball took the top spot in the 3-meter at the SEC Championships with a total score of 375.80. She was the top freshman and fourth overall in the 1-meter.

Georgia’s Nicolas Fink was named as the Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Fink concluded his collegiate career as a 19-time All-American, the second highest total in school history. He became the first Bulldog and the second male in SEC history to win the 100 breaststroke all four years. The senior holds a 3.80 GPA in agricultural engineering.

Kentucky’s Danielle Galyer was chosen as the Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Galyer won the SEC title in the 200 backstroke, and placed fourth overall in the same event at the NCAA Championships. She earned four All-America honors in 2015, placing in the top 15 in every race she competed in at the NCAA Championships. The sophomore has a 4.00 GPA in psychology.

Gregg Troy of Florida was voted the Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year. Troy led the Gators to the program’s third-straight and 36th overall SEC Men’s Swimming & Diving Championship title in February, as well as a fifth-place finish at the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championship.

Georgia’s Jack Bauerle was chosen the Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year. The Lady Bulldogs won their six consecutive and 12th overall SEC Championship, all under the guidance of Bauerle. In the last 17 years, the Georgia women have finished either first or second at the NCAA Championship 14 times.

Dave Parrington of Tennessee was named the Men’s Diving Coach of the Year. Parrington, who was previously voted the Men’s Diving Coach of the Year seven times, led his divers to win both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events at the 2015 SEC Championships.

Ted Hautau of Kentucky was selected the Women’s Diving Coach of the Year. Hautau earned this honor for the first time after having two divers finish in the top eight of all three women’s diving events at the 2015 SEC Championships. The Kentucky women finished seventh in the final team standings with 614 points, the Wildcats’ best finish at the conference championships since 2011.

Male Swimmer of the Year: Kristian Gkolomeev, Alabama
Male Freshman of the Year: Caeleb Dressel, Florida
Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year: Gregg Troy, Florida
Male Diver of the Year: Fraser McKean, Auburn
Male Freshman Diver of the Year: Liam Stone, Tennessee
Men’s Diving Coach of the Year: Dave Parrington, Tennessee
Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Nicolas Fink, Georgia

Female Swimmer of the Year: Sarah Henry, Texas A&M
Female Freshman Swimmer of the Year: Béryl Gastaldello, Texas A&M
Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year: Jack Bauerle, Georgia
Female Diver of the Year: Rebecca Hamperian, Kentucky
Female Freshman Diver of the Year: Olivia Ball, Georgia
Women’s Diving Coach of the Year: Ted Hautau, Kentucky
Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Danielle Galyer, Kentucky

Commissioner’s Trophy
Men: Chase Kalisz, Georgia (90 points)
Women: Hali Flickinger, Georgia (88 points)

All-SEC First Team
Men
Kristian Gkolomeev, Alabama
Alex Gray, Alabama
Luke Kaliszak, Alabama
Anton McKee, Alabama
Connor Oslin, Alabama
Brett Walsh, Alabama
Kyle Darmody, Auburn
Michael Duderstadt, Auburn
Arthur Mendes, Auburn
Fraser McKean, Auburn
Jacob Molacek, Auburn
Nicholas Alexiou, Florida
Mitch D’Arrigo, Florida
Caeleb Dressel, Florida
Dan Wallace, Florida
Pawel Werner, Florida
Nicolas Fink, Georgia
Chase Kalisz, Georgia
Matias Koski, Georgia
Tynan Stewart, Georgia
Sean Lehane, Tennessee
Mauricio Robles, Tennessee
Peter Stevens, Tennessee
Liam Stone, Tennessee
Jacob Thulin, Tennessee
Troy Tillman, Tennessee

Women
Kaylin Burchell, Alabama
Natalie Hinds, Florida
Amelia Maughan, Florida
Theresa Michalak, Florida
Jessica Thielmann, Florida
Olivia Ball, Georgia
Hali Flickinger, Georgia
Lauren Harrington, Georgia
Madeline Locus, Georgia
Brittany MacLean, Georgia
Jordan Mattern, Georgia
Amber McDermott, Georgia
Olivia Smoligia, Georgia
Chantal Van Landeghem, Georgia
Christina Bechtel, Kentucky
Danielle Galyer, Kentucky
Alex Bettridge, LSU
Cassie Weil, LSU
Harper Bruens, Tennessee
Amanda Carner, Tennessee
Anna DeMonte, Tennessee
Molly Hannis, Tennessee
Faith Johnson, Tennessee
Béryl Gastaldello, Texas A&M

All-SEC Second Team
Men

Pavel Romanov, Alabama
Hugo Morris, Auburn
Joe Patching, Auburn
Jack Blyzinskyj, Florida
Matt Curby, Florida
Arthur Frayler, Florida
Christian-Paul Homer, Florida
Corey Main, Florida
Carlos Omana, Florida
Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, Florida
Mark Szaranek, Florida
Gunnar Bentz, Georgia
Alec Cohen, Georgia
Taylor Dale, Georgia
Ian Forlini, Georgia
Frank Greeff, LSU
Daniel Helm, LSU
Carter Griffin, Missouri
Clark Thomas, Missouri
Sam Tierney, Missouri
Nils Wich-Glasen, South Carolina
Sam McHugh, Tennessee
Ford McLiney, Texas A&M

Women
Nikki Daniels, Arkansas
Ashton Ellzey, Auburn
Megan Fonteno, Auburn
Valerie Hull, Auburn
Natasha Lloyd, Auburn
Allyx Purcell, Auburn
Jillian Vitarius, Auburn
Taylor Katz, Florida
Ashlee Linn, Florida
Lindsey McKnight, Florida
Kahlia Warner, Florida
Kylie Stewart, Georgia
Annie Zhu, Georgia
Rebecca Hamperian, Kentucky
Patti Kranz, South Carolina
Lauren Lamendola, South Carolina
Meredith Vay, South Carolina
Amy Lubawy, Tennessee
Cherelle Thompson, Tennessee
Kelli Benjamin, Texas A&M
Sammie Bosma, Texas A&M
Lisa Bratton, Texas A&M
Sarah Gibson, Texas A&M
Sarah Henry, Texas A&M
Lili Ibanez Lopez, Texas A&M
Franko Jonker, Texas A&M
Kristin Malone, Texas A&M
Sycerika McMahon, Texas A&M
Laura Norman, Texas A&M
Meredith Oliver, Texas A&M
Ellen Quirke, Texas A&M

All-Freshman Team
Men

Christopher Reid, Alabama
Peter Holoda, Auburn
Jacob Molacek, Auburn
Hugo Morris, Auburn
Pete Turnham, Auburn
Zack Warner, Auburn
Caeleb Dressel, Florida
Mark Szaranek, Florida
Gunnar Bentz, Georgia
Ian Forlini, Georgia
Jay Litherland, Georgia
Kevin Litherland, Georgia
Levi Lindsey, Kentucky
Hunter Fritter, Missouri
Akram Mahmoud, South Carolina
Tom Peribonio, South Carolina
Nils Wich-Glasen, South Carolina
David Heron, Tennessee
Sam McHugh, Tennessee
Peter Stevens, Tennessee
Liam Stone, Tennessee
Tyler Henschel, Texas A&M

Women
Amelia Maughan, Florida
Olivia Ball, Georgia
Megan Kinglsey, Georgia
Meaghan Raab, Georgia
Kylie Stewart, Georgia
Courtney Weaver, Georgia
Bridgette Alexander, Kentucky
Madison Sthamann, LSU
Sharli Brady, Missouri
Hannah Stevens, Missouri
Meredith Vay, South Carolina
Lisa Bratton, Texas A&M
Bethany Galat, Texas A&M
Béryl Gastaldello, Texas A&M
Kristin Malone, Texas A&M
Laura Norman, Texas A&M

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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