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Missouri divers honored by SEC


From the Southeastern Conference

The Southeastern Conference announced the 2013 Men's and Women's Swimming awards today, as voted on by the league head coaches, following the SEC Championships held Feb. 19-23 in College Station, Texas.


Auburn University's Marcelo Chierighini was named Male Swimmer of the Year and Texas A&M's Breeja Larson was named Female Swimmer of the Year. Male and Female Diver of the Year honors went to David Bonuchi of Missouri and Tori Lamp of Tennessee. Georgia's Chase Kalisz was named Male Freshman Swimmer of the Year while Natalie Hinds (Florida) received Female Freshman Swimmer of the Year honors. Missouri's Clark Thomas was named Male Freshman Diver of the Year and Cassie Weil (LSU) earned Female Freshman Diver of the Year accolades.


Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors went to Florida's Elizabeth Beisel and Georgia's Andrew Gemmell.


Gregg Troy (Florida) was voted Men's Swimming Coach of the Year while Jack Bauerle (Georgia) was voted Women's Swimming Coach of the Year. Missouri's Jamie Sweeney was named Men's Diving Coach of the Year while Tennessee's Dave Parrington was named the Women's Diving Coach of the Year.


This marks the fifth Men's Coach of the Year honor for Troy as Florida won its 34th Men's SEC Swimming and Diving Championship. The Gators broke Auburn's streak of 16-straight SEC Championships, the third-longest streak for a single program in SEC sports history. Bauerle picked up his 14th Women's Swimming Coach of the Year honor as Georgia won its 10th conference title and Sweeney earned Men's Diving Coach of the Year honors during Missouri's inaugural year in the league. Parrington has now been named SEC Diving Coach of the Year a total of 11 times, seven of which came on the men's side.


Chierighini won two individual titles in the SEC Championships. He won the 50 free and successfully defended his 100 free title, taking the event in 41.60 to win by more than a full second. It was the fastest time in the country this year and fourth-best in Auburn history.


Larson had a record-setting finish in the 100 breaststroke during the SEC meet. She took the event in 57.43 to set a new SEC, NCAA, American and U.S. Open record. Larson also set a new SEC mark in the 200 breaststroke prelims with time of 2:06.99. She later bested her time in the finals with a mark of 2:05.71.


Bonuchi, SEC Male Diver of the Year, is also the recipient of the Commissioner's Trophy high-point award. He swept the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards and tied for second in the men's platform to earn 91.5 points over the five-day meet.


Lamp earned Female Diver of the Year honors for the second consecutive year. She won the women's platform with an SEC meet-record score of 341.90, besting her previous record of 335.50 set at the 2012 SEC Championships.


Beisel, the Female Commissioner's Trophy high-point recipient, also garnered Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors. She is a two-time CSCAA Division I Scholar All-American and a two-time SEC Honor Roll recipient. Beisel was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America Women's At-Large First-Team and is the 2012 NCAA Champion in the 200 backstroke. She earned 92 points during the five-day SEC meet to claim the Commissioner's Trophy.


Gemmell, the UGA Joel Eaves Award winner as the male senior (academically) with the highest grade point average, was named SEC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He is a CSCAA Scholar All-American and was named to the SEC and UGA academic honor rolls. Gemmell is a member of the UGA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, was inducted into the UGA Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program and was a Team USA member at the 2012 Olympics in London, placing ninth in the 1,500-meter freestyle.


The All-SEC teams and All-Freshman teams were also announced. The All-SEC first team consists of the winner of each event while the second team is comprised of second place finishers of each event. The All-Freshman teams consist of any redshirt or true freshman who finishes either in the top eight or is the highest scoring freshman of each event, excluding relay events.


Broadcasts of the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships will air on ESPNU. The women's event is slated for Monday, March 4 at 4 p.m. ET while the men's meet will air at 5:30 p.m. ET following the women's championships.


2013 SEC Male Swimmer of the Year

Marcelo Chierighini, Auburn


2013 SEC Male Freshman Swimmer of the Year

Chase Kalisz, Georgia


2013 SEC Men's Swimming Coach of the Year

Gregg Troy, Florida


2013 SEC Male Diver of the Year

David Bonuchi, Missouri


2013 SEC Male Freshman Diver of the Year

Clark Thomas, Missouri


2013 SEC Men's Diving Coach of the Year

Jamie Sweeney, Missouri


2013 SEC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Andrew Gemmell, Georgia


2013 Female Swimmer of the Year

Breeja Larson, Texas A&M


2013 Female Freshman Swimmer of the Year

Natalie Hinds, Florida


2013 SEC Women's Swimming Coach of the Year

Jack Bauerle, Georgia


2013 SEC Female Diver of the Year

Tori Lamp, Tennessee


2013 SEC Female Freshman Diver of the Year

Cassie Weil, LSU


2013 SEC Women's Diving Coach of the Year

Dave Parrington, Tennessee


2013 SEC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Elizabeth Beisel, Florida


Commissioner's Trophy


David Bonuchi, Missouri (91.5 pts)



Elizabeth Beisel, Florida (92 pts)


Women's First Team All SEC

Elizabeth Beisel, Florida

Natalie Hinds, Florida

Laura Ryan, Georgia

Shannon Vreeland, Georgia

Megan Romano, Georgia

Jordan Mattern, Georgia

Allison Schmitt, Georgia

Melanie Margalis, Georgia

Chantal Van Landeghem, Georgia

Maddie Locus, Georgia

Loren Figueroa, Missouri

Lauren Solernou, Tennessee

Molly Hannis, Tennessee

Kelsey Floyd, Tennessee

Faith Johnson, Tennessee

Lindsay Gendron, Tennessee

Tori Lamp, Tennessee

Sarah Henry, Texas A&M

Cammile Adams, Texas A&M

Paige Miller, Texas A&M

Breeja Larson, Texas A&M

Caroline McElhany, Texas A&M

Liliana Ibáñez, Texas A&M


Men's First Team All-SEC

Kyle Owens, Auburn

Stuart Ferguson, Auburn

Marcelo Chierighini, Auburn

James Disney-May, Auburn

TJ Leon, Auburn

Arthur Mendes, Auburn

Zane Grothe, Auburn

John Santeiu, Auburn

Pawel Werner, Florida

Sebastien Rousseau, Florida

Eduardo Solaeche Gomez, Florida

Marcin Cieslak, Florida

Matthew Elliott, Florida

Chase Kalisz, Georgia

Matias Koski, Georgia

Nic Fink, Georgia

David Bonuchi, Missouri


Women's Second Team All-SEC

Olivia Scott, Auburn

Amber McDermott, Georgia

Annie Zhu, Georgia

Sinead Russell, Florida

Hilda Luthersdottir, Florida

Ellese Zalewski, Florida

Jamie Bohunicky, Florida

Jessica Thielmann, Florida

Lauren Harrington, Georgia

Jodie McGroarty, Tennessee

Caroline Simmons, Tennessee

Tess Simpson, Texas A&M

Erica Dittmer, Texas A&M

Rebecca St. Germain, Texas A&M

Jesse Macaulay, Texas A&M


Men's Second Team All-SEC

Brad deBorde, Florida

Corey Main, Florida

Matthew Curby, Florida

Dan Wallace, Florida

Will Freeman, Georgia

Greg Ferrucci, Kentucky

Igor Kozlovskij, Missouri

Michael Flach, South Carolina

Sam Rairden, Tennessee

Renato Prono, Tennessee

Oystein Hetland, Tennessee

Ed Walsh, Tennessee

Gustav Aberg Lejdstrom, Tennessee

Tristan Slater, Tennessee

Sam Lenhane, Tennessee

John Dalton, Texas A&M

Ford McLiney, Texas A&M


All-Freshman Team


Cassie Weil, LSU

Jessica Thielmann, Florida

Kahlia Warner, Florida

Natalie Hinds, Florida

Sinead Russell, Florida

Annie Zhu, Georgia

Chantal Van Landeghem, Georgia

Hali Flickinger, Georgia

Faith Johnson, Tennessee

Sam Lera, Tennessee

Ashley McGregor, Texas A&M



Arthur Mendes, Auburn

Andrew Laing, Auburn

Corey Main, Florida

Arthur Frayler, Florida

Matias Koski, Georgia

Chase Kalisz, Georgia

Matt Ellis, Georgia

Pawel Werner, Florida

Gabriel Rooker, LSU

Clark Thomas, Missouri

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