Andrew Sullivant, Texas A&M, and Amy Gruber, Kansas, Named Big 12 Swimmers of the Month -- November 24, 2004
DALLAS, November 24. THE Big 12 Conference announced the November Big 12 Swimmers and Divers of the Month Wednesday. The honorees were chosen by a
vote of the league's head swimming and diving coaches.
For the second month in a row and overall, Eric Sehn (Texas A&M) has
earned the Big 12 Male Diver of the Month award, while his teammate
Andrew Sullivant won top honors in the pool as the Big 12 Male Swimmer
of the Month.
On the women's side both Amy Gruber (Kansas) and Amie Buoy (Nebraska) claimed the second monthly honors of their careers, as Big 12 Female Swimmer and Diver of the Month, respectively.
Sehn recorded a pair of first place finishes along with a runner-up
showing during November. At the Texas A&M Invitational, the Edmonton,
Alberta, Canada, freshman won both the one- and three-meter diving
events. Sehn compiled a 302.60 score on the one-meter and 558.10 points
on the three-meter board en route to leading the Aggies to their home
On Nov. 5-6 at the Boilermaker Challenge, Sehn was second in the three-meter competition, earning a score of 517.80. He helped A&M to a fourth-place finish.Sehn recorded a pair of first place finishes along with a runner-up showing during November.
Sullivant contributed significantly to the Aggies' effort this month as
well. A Houston, Texas native, Sullivant won seven gold medals at the
Texas A&M Invitational. The A&M junior posted victories in the 200-yard
freestyle relay (1:20.94); 19.68 seconds, second leg), 50-yard freestyle
(20.00), 400-yard medley relay (3:20.72; 43.42, anchor leg), 200-yard
medley relay (1:31.37; 19.51 anchor leg), 200-yard freestyle (1:39.96),
100-yard freestyle (44.94) and 400-yard freestyle relay (2:59.67; 44.56
At the Boilermaker Challenge, Sullivant compiled two first (200 free relay - 1:21.41; 20.03, third leg / 100 free - 44.61), two third (400 medley relay - 3:21.15; 44.65, anchor leg / 200 medley relay - 1:31.60; 19.63 anchor leg), and a fifth place (800-yard free relay - 6:49.44; 1:42.64, third leg) finishes.
Gruber started the month leading the Jayhawks to a win over the
Illinois, 185-115 on Nov. 6. At that meet she turned in three victories
and one second place finish. Individually, Gruber, who hails from
Bigelow, Ark., was first in the 50 free (23.89) and second (51.95) in
the 100 free. Gruber and her KU teammates finished first in both the
200 free (1:36.05) and 400 medley (3:53.13) relays.
Gruber and the Jayhawks competed next at the Nike Cup Nov. 18-20 where they placed third out of eight teams racking up 614 points. The senior helped the team showing with wins in the 100 free (49.70) and 200 medley relay (1:43.33). Both of those performances were school season bests for the season, in addition the 100 free clocking met the NCAA automatic-qualifying time and was the sixth-best in the country.
In the 50 free (22.99), 100 butterfly (54.58), 100 backstroke (56.14) and 400 free relay (3:24.47/50.16, leadoff) she placed second, all of which were season bests for Gruber and the team. The 50-free time also provisionally qualified Gruber for the NCAA Championships. As a member
of the 800 free relay, Gruber and the team were third (7:27.09/1:50.38,
leadoff), another KU season best. Gruber last won the monthly accolade
in November 2002.
Buoy's diving in November directed the Huskers third place at the
Minnesota Invitational (714 points) Nov. 19-21. The Edmonton, Alberta,
Canada, junior, was sixth on the one-meter (258.00), fourth on the
three-meter (500.45), and seventh on the platform (313.05). Buoy's
three-meter effort will go down in the NU record books as the fifth
best diving performance all-time. She also received this honor in November of 2002.