SEC SWIMMING AND DIVING ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
SEC FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
Melanie Margalis, Georgia
Jr. • Clearwater, Fla.
In Georgia's win over Florida in Athens, Margalis won three events. She won the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.76 and took gold in the 200 breaststroke in 2:13.46. Margalis also won the 200 individual medley in 1:59.74 and all three marks are NCAA provisional qualifying times. A Florida native, Margalis helped Georgia extend its all-sports school record to 79 straight home victories and win for the 29th straight time in the SEC.
SEC FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
Laura Ryan, Georgia
Jr. • Elk River, Minn.
Ryan won both springboards as Georgia defeated Florida to improve to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the SEC. She won the 1-meter springboard with 315.67 points and took home top honors on the 3-meter board with 353.10 points. Ryan improved her NCAA Zone Qualifying standards with each result.
SEC FEMALE FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Nina Drolc, Arkansas
Drolc picked up three wins for Arkansas in dramatic fashion as the Razorbacks defeated Missouri, Kentucky and SIU on the road. She swam the final leg of the 200 medley relay in 22.76, the fastest relay split of her career, to give Arkansas the come from behind event win by three hundredths of a second. Drolc also swam a personal best in the 100 freestyle and took fourth in the 100 butterfly, despite swimming the fly stroke for the first time this year.
SEC MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
Sebastien Rousseau, Florida
R-Jr. • Cape Town, South Africa
Rousseau collected five victories in seven events, including four individual wins, as Florida defeated No. 9 Georgia and No. 12 South Carolina. He won the 200 butterfly in 1:45.73, the second fastest time in the nation, and swam to a 1:48.45 finish in the 200 IM, a time that ranks third in the nation. Rousseau swam four SEC top-20 times and recorded NCAA “B” cut times in the 200 free, 200 fly and 200 IM.
SEC MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
Rylan Ridenour, South Carolina
Sr. • Lebanon, Ind.
In his first meet of 2012, senior Rylan Ridenour swept the boards against the top-ranked Gators. He cruised to a win on the 1-meter board with a score of 359.35, finishing 60.05 points ahead of the nearest Florida diver. Ridenour then won the 3-meter competition with a score of 396.60, besting the runner-up by 48.37 points.
SEC MALE FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Pawel Werner, Florida
Werner won four events last week as Florida bested Georgia and South Carolina in a dual meet. He also had two second place finishes and a pair of third place finishes. Werner’s 1:37.04 finish in the 200 free ranks first in the SEC and fifth in the nation, while his 44:71 mark in the 100 free ranks eighth highest in the nation. He also set new personal bests in four events last week.