Caeleb Dressel Leads SEC Swimmer of the Week Honorees

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Florida junior Caeleb Dressel was named SEC Swimmer of the Week for his efforts at this weekend’s Georgia Tech Invitational. On the women’s side, Texas A&M’s Sarah Gibson captured the honor for strong swims at the Art Adamson Invite. Read more about Dressel, Gibson and the divers and freshmen of the week below.

Male Swimmer of the Week
Caeleb Dressel • Florida
Sophomore • Green Cove Springs, Fla.

At the Georgia Tech Invitational, Dressel won four individual events and was a part of four relays that took second place. He registered NCAA cuts on six of the eight and totaled three individual A-cuts, the most of any other male competitor at the meet. Individually, Dressel was responsible for 104 points toward Florida’s team total. His 200 IM (1st), 50 free (1st), 100 fly (tied for 1st) and 100 free (1st) times are all best in the nation.

Male Diver of the Week
Juan Celaya-Hernandez
Freshman • San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico

Celaya-Hernandez took first place on the three-meter, posting a final score of 418.75 to lead the charge on the second day of the Mizzou Diving Invite. On the platform, he earned his second-straight first-place finish after scoring 424.30 at the Mizzou Aquatic Center. His score is the second-highest in school history behind Michael Neubacher. In the one-meter, Celaya-Hernandez finished with a 367.85 in the finals, earning second place overall.

Male Freshman of the Week
Zane Waddell
• Alabama
Bloemfontein, South Africa

As the Alabama men took first place at the Georgia Tech Invitational, Waddell finished in second place behind Florida’s Caeleb Dressel in the 100 free and 100 fly and third in the 50 free. His time of 43.15 in the 100 free is the sixth best time nationally, while also ranking in the top 20 in the 50 free (seventh – 19.66) and 100 fly (T16th – 47.10). Waddell was also a part of the winning 200 and 400 free relay and 200 medley squads.

Female Swimmer of the Week
Sarah Gibson • Texas A&M
Senior • San Antonio, Texas

Gibson claimed five individual wins and six NCAA qualifying cuts, including an “A” cut in the 100 fly, at the Art Adamson Invitational. Five of her times from the Adamson rank in the top 15 nationally: 100 free (No. 11, 48.52), 200 free (tNo. 7, 1:44.37), 500 free (No. 9, 4:40.69), 100 fly (No. 2, 51.37), 200 fly (No. 2, 1:54.59). Gibson also swam on all five of the Aggies’ relays, which all rank in the top nine nationally after the Adamson.

Female Diver of the Week
Julia Vincent
• South Carolina
Junior • Gauteng, South Africa

Vincent took top honors in both springboard events at the Georgia Tech Invitational. She finished first in the one-meter with a score of 313.95 and in the three-meter with a score of 359.40, with both marks qualifying her for Zone diving. Vincent remains undefeated in the 3-meter dive this season and is 4-1 in the 3-meter dive.

Female Freshman of the Week
Julie Meynen
• Auburn

Meynen remained undefeated in the 100 free by winning the event in 48.33 at the Georgia Tech Invitational. The time is the ninth-fastest in the country and makes her the fourth-fastest performer in the event in Auburn history. She tied for second in the 50 free in 22.56, a season-best and the 24th-fastest time in the country. Meynen swam on both of Auburn’s winning sprint freestyle relays, swimming the second leg on both. The 200 free relay time is the fourth-fastest in the country, and the 400 free relay time is sixth-fastest in the country.

Press release courtesy of the Southeastern Conference.