Koski, Smoliga Named SEC Swimmers of the Week

Male Swimmer of the Week
Matias Koski • Georgia
Senior • Duluth, Ga.

Koski recorded an NCAA automatic qualifying standard during the UGA Fall Invitational. He led off the 800-yard freestyle relay with an A-cut time of 1:33.07 – which is the fastest time in the country this year. Koski also notched B cuts with second-place efforts in the 100-yard freestyle (43.01) and the 1,650-yard freestyle (14:58.36). His 100-yard freestyle time is sixth-best in the nation this year. Koski and the 800-yard freestyle finished second in 6:19.09. At the U.S. Winter Nationals in Federal Way, Wash., he won the B final of the 400-meter freestyle in 3:49.37, which was the second-fastest time in the finals. Koski’s 400-meter freestyle converted to the 500-yard freestyle is seventh-best in the nation this year.

Male Diver of the Week
Seb Masterton • Kentucky
Freshman • Reading, England

Masterton was the top collegiate finisher in all three disciplines at the Miami Open, recording scores that put the British product in the upper half of UK’s top-10 all-time performances. He won the overall title on the 1-meter springboard with 378.10 points, a score that now ranks fifth on Kentucky’s all-time list. Masterton also had the fifth-best 3-meter performance in program laurels, finishing second overall with 384.90 points. He moved up from seventh to fourth in the platform with a score of 378.10 points, placing fifth overall in the open event.

Female Swimmer of the Week
Olivia Smoliga • Georgia
Junior • Glenview, Ill.

Smoliga registered three NCAA automatic qualifying standards during the three-day UGA Fall Invitational. She won the 50 freestyle in 21.82 and the 100 freestyle in 47.69, the best times in the nation in both events this season. Smoliga came in second in the 100 backstroke in 51.50, the third-best in the country this year. She also helped the 400 freestyle relay win in 3:13.46, the 400 medley relay come in second and the 200 freestyle and 200 medley relays place third. Behind Smoliga, the Lady Bulldogs came in second in the UGA Fall Invitational. Within the invitational, Georgia swam a dual meet with Auburn and Smoliga helped the Lady Bulldogs win 203-97.

Female Diver of the Week
Rebecca Hamperian • Kentucky
Redshirt Junior • Lexington, Ky.

Hamperian was the top collegiate finisher in the platform and 3-meter dive at the Miami Open. She first finished fifth in the platform with a season-best 28265 points before taking sixth in the 3-meter dive with 282.65 points. Hamperian also garnered a fifth-place finish in the 1-meter dive with 283.35 points, finishing second among collegiate competitors.

Female Freshman of the Week
Madison Strathman • Arkansas
Freshman • Kearney, Mo.

Strathman went under the Olympic trial cut in both events at the USA LC Nationals. In her time trial of the 200 breaststroke, she went 2:34.77 and finished 27th overall. As a freshman, Strathman competed in the bonus finals of the 100 breaststroke. She was under the Olympic trial cut in 1:10.43.

Swimming news courtesy of Southeastern Conference.

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