SEC, AAC Announce Weekly Swimming and Diving Honors

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The SEC and ACC have announced their honorees for Weekly Swimming and Diving Awards. The Georgia Bulldogs, coming off an impressive sweep of Florida won three of the six SEC awards, and the SMU Mustangs swept the AAC women’s honors.

Male Swimmer of the Week
Pace Clark • Georgia
Senior • Memphis, Tenn.
Clark posted the fastest time in the country this season in the 200 butterfly (1:44.52) while also winning the 100 butterfly to help the Bulldogs to a 178-122 victory over No. 7 Florida. His time in the 100 fly of 47.63 is currently ranked seventh nationally.

Male Diver of the Week
Juan Celaya • LSU
Freshman • San Nicholas de los Garza, Mexico
In his debut collegiate performance, Celaya broke both the school and pool record in the three-meter, scoring a 431.80 against Auburn to break Sean McKinney’s record (425.70) by six points to take the event by just over 53 points. He also took first in the one-meter where he finished with a score of 392.85, placing him second on LSU’s All-Time list. Celaya beat the field by an average of 58 points in his events.

Male Freshman of the Week
Walker Higgins • Georgia
Knoxville, Tenn.
Higgins won his first collegiate event (500 freestyle – 4:24.98) against the No. 7 Florida Gators by clocking the seventh fastest time in the country this year. His third-place finish in the 200 free (1:37.51) was behind Olympians Gunnar Bentz and Jay Litherland. Higgins helped the Bulldogs to a 178-122 victory over the Gators.

Female Swimmer of the Week
Meaghan Raab • Georgia
Junior • Hummelstown, Pa.
Raab earned three individual and one relay win against the No. 18 Florida women. She helped the Lady Bulldogs to a 164-125 victory over the Lady Gators and helped the team move to 2-0 on the season. Raab took first in the 200 free (1:46.23), the 200 breaststroke (2:14.27) and the 200 IM (1:58.29) and was a part of the winning 400 free relay (3:21.21). Her 200 IM time is the third fastest in the country this year.

Female Diver of the Week
McKensi Austin • Georgia
Freshman • Castle Rock, Colo.
Austin won both the 1- and 3-meter women’s springboard to help the Lady Bulldogs to a 164-125 victory over the Gators and helped the team move to 2-0 on the season. She improved her 1-meter score (274.50) by over 40 points and 3-meter (320.10) by over 15 since the Lady Bulldogs’ first meet of the season against UNC.

Female Freshman of the Week
Alison Maillard • Auburn
Houston, Texas
Maillard swept the springboard events in the dual meet win at LSU, scoring a pair of Zone qualifying scores in the process. The wins were the first of the season for the freshman. Maillard scored a personal-best 272.33 on the 1-meter to claim first by 8.55 points. She also scored a personal-best 302.85 on the 3-meter to claim first by 16.12 points.

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AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK: Vicky Cunningham, Senior, SMU
Cunningham led the Mustangs in freestyle action in six events versus Rice Saturday in a dual meet at Carroll ISD Natatorium. SMU defeated their crosstown rivals 154-126 to start the season 2-0 in dual events. Earlier in the week, Cunningham won three events – the 50, 100 and 200 free, while anchoring the 400 free relay to a first-place finish in a 170-128 win over conference foe Houston. Her 500 free time (23.81) versus the Cougars ranks third in The American.

AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK: Lauren Lamb, Senior, SMU
Lamb took home the conference diving honor after posting four Top 3 finishes over the weekend. The senior won the 1-meter (256.05) and 3-meter (259.65) dives vs. Rice and posted Top 3 finishes in both events in the win over Houston.

Press releases courtesy of the SEC and AAC.

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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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