Sam McHugh and Emily Cameron Named SEC Swimmers of the Week

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Tennessee junior Sam McHugh and Georgia senior Emily Cameron were named SEC swimmers of the week Tuesday for their impressive efforts in dual meet competition this past weekend. Read about all SEC weekly award-winners below.

Male Swimmer of the Week
Sam McHugh • Tennessee
Junior • Chattanooga, Tenn.

McHugh won all three events in a dual meet for the third time this season as Tennessee defeated South Carolina on Jan. 6. He won his first 1650 freestyle of the year with a B-cut time of 14:56.27, good for 12th place nationally. McHugh also recorded B-cut times in the 200 butterfly (1:47.99) and the 200 IM (1:48.68).


Male Diver of the Week
Liam Stone • Tennessee
Junior • Auckland, New Zealand

During the Tennessee Diving Invitational, Stone took first in the three-meter springboard with a score of 418.85. He also earned a fourth-place finish in the one-meter (338.50) and seventh in the platform (308.35). Stone has scored over 400 five times and has four victories in the 3-meter this season.


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

Celaya-Hernandez notched a total of three victories last week at the Tennessee Diving Invitational and the Alabama dual meet. He took gold on one-meter (377.15) and platform (413.55) at the Tennessee Diving Invitational, wrapping up the week with a first-place finish on three-meter  (387.90) in a home meet against Alabama. Celaya-Hernandez finished no lower than third place on any of his events, and on the season, he has won nine total events, including four of five on three-meter.


Female Swimmer of the Week
Emily Cameron • Georgia
Senior • Lititz, Pa.

In Georgia’s win over Arkansas, Cameron won two individual events and was on a victorious relay. She won the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.55 and the 200 breaststroke in 2:15.81. Cameron also swam the breaststroke leg of the 200 medley relay that touched first in 1:42.07. She placed third in the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.79. Behind Cameron, Georgia improved to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the SEC.


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

Vincent defeated divers from six SEC schools in the 3-meter (365.90) at the Tennessee Diving Invitational. She remains undefeated in the 3-meter springboard this season. In the dual meet vs. Tennessee, Vincent took first place in both springboard events.  She is now 6-2 in the one-meter this season.


Female Freshman of the Week
Meghan Small • Tennessee
Georgetown, Ontario

Small reached the wall first in two individual events against South Carolina: the 200 free (1:48.71) and the 200 back (1:57.77 – B cut). She was a part of the winning 400 medley relay, with her leadoff 100 backstroke of 53.58 as her collegiate best in the event and an NCAA B-cut time. Small also swam in the 200 free relay that finished in second place.

Press release courtesy of the SEC.

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Author: David Rieder

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David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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