DAPHNE, Alabama, April 11. FOR the second month in a row Auburn student athletes have grabbed the top two spots in the United State Sports Academy's Alabama Athlete of the Month balloting, with swimmer Hayley Peirsol winning the March honors.
Finishing second behind Peirsol was Tiger diver Steve Segerlin. This comes a month after Auburn softball pitcher Holly Currie edged out swimmer Cesar Cielo for the February honors.
"I am honored to be recognized by the U.S. Sports Academy," Peirsol said. "It is exciting that I was able to continue Auburn's win streak for the athlete of the month award. This year's NCAA Championships were a wonderful experience and something that I will remember for the rest of my life."
Peirsol, a junior from Newport Beach, Calif., earned Auburn's first-ever NCAA title in the 1650 freestyle last month at the national championship in Athens, Ga. Her time of 15:49.48 broke teammate Adrienne Binder's Auburn record and was also a Gabrielsen Natatorium record. Peirsol also earned All-American honors this year as runner-up in the 500 free.
Segerlin, a junior from Webester, N.Y., won his first NCAA title on the 10-meter platform with a new Auburn record score of 469.30, breaking his own AU record of 428.40 that he set in the preliminary round. It marked the fourth consecutive year an Auburn diver claimed the platform national title. Segerlin was third on both 1-meter and 3-meter springboards at the NCAA Championships and earned All-American honors on all three boards for the second straight year.
The U.S. Sports Academy Alabama Athlete of the Month is selected by a voting committee comprised of former Alabama athletes, state-wide media, and Alabama sports organization representatives.