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Auburn's Coventry and Segerlin Earn SEC Weekly Awards -- January 20, 2004

AUBURN, Ala., January 20. AUBURN junior Kirsty Coventry and freshman Steven Segerlin have each earned a Southeastern Conference Athlete of the Week award, the conference office announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Coventry, from Harare, Zimbabwe, was named the women's Swimmer of the Week following her impressive dual meet performance against Southern California. Coventry won the 200 IM with a time of 2:14.70, which converted from long course-meters to short-course yards is the fastest time in the SEC to date (1:58.54). She also won the 200 backstroke against USC in a time of 2:14.16 as the Tigers took the top three spots in the event. She capped her meet by leading off the winning 400 medley relay with a split of 1:02.95 and anchored the second-place finishing 800 free relay against the Women of Troy.

Segerlin was named the conference's men's Diver of the Week following his strong weekend. During the dual meet with Southern California the Webster, N.Y., native scored a 321.60 on the 1-meter as the Tigers took the top two spots in the event. He also took home a top finish on the 1-meter against Tennessee, scoring a 333.05.

The award is the first for Coventry and first for the AU women's team since Margaret Hoelzer was honored in February of 2003. Segerlin's award is the first for an Auburn diver since Matt Bricker was recognized in February of 2002.

This is the second consecutive week that the top-ranked Tigers have been honored by the conference office. Last week sophomore Eric Shanteau was named the men's Swimmer of the Week.

The Tigers return to the water on Friday night in Gainesville, Fla., for a dual meet with SEC rival Florida. The start time is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.