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SEC Swimmers and Divers of the Week Named -- January 13, 2004

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., January 13. TENNESSEE’S Megan Tomes, Auburn’s Eric Shanteau, and Florida’s Jessica Ranieri have been named SEC Swimmers and Divers of the week.

After amassing a total of six event titles in a 207-144 drubbing of Northwestern on Saturday, Jan. 10, freshman Megan Tomes (Cincinnati, Ohio) was chosen as both the Southeastern Conference Swimmer of the Week and the Lady Vol Athlete of the Week on Tuesday. The rookie phenom edged out junior Shyra Ely (Indianapolis, Ind.) of the basketball team and junior sprinter Toyin Olupona (Orillia, Ontario, Canada) of the track & field squad for the Lady Vol honor chosen in a vote taken by the media relations staff.

“I am excited about Megan earning these honors,” Head Coach Dan Colella said. “It is much deserved. It was exciting watching her swim this past weekend and I am glad to see that people recognize and appreciate her performance.”

The highly-touted newcomer becomes the first member of Colella’s squad to earn the conference and department’s weekly citations this year. Against the Wildcats, Tomes claimed four individual event titles (100 LCM freestyle, 100 LCM butterfly, 200y freestyle, 200y IM) and two relay crowns (400 LCM freestyle relay, 200y freestyle relay). She also narrowly missed posting NCAA provisional qualifying times in the 100 LCM freestyle (.31 off of standard) and 200y freestyle (.04 off of standard).

Additionally, Tomes finished second in the 50y freestyle. Overall, she accounted for 62 points, which was nearly 30 percent of the team total against Northwestern.

Auburn sophomore Eric Shanteau has been named the Southeastern Conference's Men's Swimmer of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday.

Shanteau was recognized following an impressive weekend at Texas. During the short course-yards dual meet with the No. 2-ranked Longhorns on Saturday, the Lilburn, Ga., native won the 400 IM in a time of 3:49.89 and then had the second-fastest time in the 200 breaststroke (2:00.70), falling only to UT's Brendan Hansen, the NCAA, American and US Open record holder in the event. Shanteau also finished fourth in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:49.19, all of which contributed to him being named that AU 'Swimmer of the Meet' by the Auburn coaching staff.

Shanteau's weekend also included a first-place finish in the 200 IM (2:00.37) and a fourth-place finish in the 100 backstroke (57.62) on Friday, when the Tigers and Longhorns swam in a short course-meters exhibition.

Florida sophomore Jessica Ranieri (Huntingdon Valley, Pa.) was named the Southeastern Conference Diver of the Week after her performance vs. No. 16 Arizona State, the league office announced Tuesday afternoon.

Ranieri picked up her first win of the season on the three-meter springboard Jan. 10 at Arizona State. The sophomore scored a 280.05, which qualifies her for the NCAA Diving Zones. Ranieri scored a 252.90 on the one-meter during the second day of competition with the Sun Devils. She was third on the one-meter with a score of 260.60 and runner-up on the three meter with a score of 286.13 on the first day of competition with Arizona State (Jan. 9).

Ranieri has eight top-three finishes this season.