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    Swimming And Diving Athletes Of The Week

    SEC SWIMMING AND DIVING ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

    SEC CO-FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
    Elizabeth Beisel, Florida
    Jr. • North Kingstown, R.I.


    Beisel recorded five NCAA A cut times (three individual, two relay) as Florida won the Ohio State Invitational, a meet that featured nine ranked opponents. She swam the nation’s fastest time in the 400 IM (4:00.61) and ranks second and third in the nation, respectively, in the 200 back (1:52.00) and 500 free (4:34.54). Beisel owns the SEC top times in the 200 back and 400 IM and set two meet records in those events. She scored 163 of Florida’s 837 points in its first place finish.

    SEC CO-FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
    Melanie Margalis, Georgia
    Jr. • Clearwater, Fla.


    Margalis had a hand in five NCAA A cut times (four individual, one relay) and she broke a school record during action at the Georgia Invitational. She came in second in the 400 IM with an A-cut time of 4:05.26 to break the school record of 4:05.31 set in 2010, and won the 100-yard breaststroke with an A-cut time of 59.34. That mark matches the third-fastest time in the school record book. Margalis also placed third in the 200 IM with an A-cut time of 1:54.68, which lowered her own second-fastest time in school history, and took fourth in the 200 breaststroke with an A-cut time of  2:08.70, which is fourth-fastest in Georgia annals. Margalis swam the third leg of the victorious 400 freestyle relay that posted an A-cut time of 3:12.71, fourth-best in school history.

    SEC FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
    Loren Figueroa, Missouri
    Jr. • Oklahoma City, Okla.


    Figueroa claimed both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving titles at last weekend’s Mizzou Invite. She posted 310.20 points in the 1-meter to record the win, over 40 points more than the next closest competitor. In the 3-meter, she notched 347.95 points in the finals, 44 points more than the next diver.  

    SEC FEMALE FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
    Annie Zhu, Georgia
    Bronx, N.Y.


    Zhu posted an NCAA A cut and broke a longstanding school record as the Bulldogs won the Georgia Invitational with 991 points, besting second place Cal by nearly 100 points. She came in second in the 200 breaststroke with an A-cut time of 2:07.62, breaking the school record of 2:07.66 set by Kristy Kowal in 1999. Zhu came in fifth in the 400 IM (4:10.40), which is eighth in school history, and had top-nine finishes in the 200 IM (1:58.84) and 100 breast (1:00.87). She helped the 400 medley relay team to a fifth-place finish in 3:36.15.

    SEC CO-MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
    Marcelo Chierighini, Auburn
    Jr. • Sao Paolo, Brazil


    Chierighini won two of three individual events he entered and helped Auburn to three relay wins and a runner-up finish at the Georgia Fall Invitational. He posted the fastest 50 free in the SEC with a 19.37 leadoff split in 200 free relay and also won 50 free in 19.50. Chierighini also went 42.73 to win 100 free championship, the fastest time in the SEC this season. Both times rank in the nation’s top five. He helped Auburn relays to four NCAA automatic qualifying times (200 free, 200 medley, 400 free, 400 medley relay), marks that rank first in the conference this season.

    SEC CO-MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
    Sebastien Rousseau, Florida
    R-Jr. • Cape Town, South Africa


    Rousseau had three NCAA A times, notched two individual victories in the 200 IM and 400 IM, and added a win with the pool record setting 800 free relay during action at the Ohio State Invitational. His times in the 200 IM (1:44.02) and 400 IM (3:41.69) were personal bests and rank first in the SEC this season. Rousseau also set the Ohio State Invitational meet record in those events and helped the 800 free relay team to a 6:21.84 finish, an NCAA automatic qualifying time that ranks first in the SEC.

    SEC MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
    David Bonuchi, Missouri
    Jr. • Columbia, Mo.


    Bonuchi claimed the 1-meter diving title at the Mizzou Invite on Thursday. In the finals, he posted a score of 416.15, almost 100 points more than his next closest competitor. He ranks second in the SEC in that event.

    SEC MALE FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
    Matias Koski, Georgia
    Duluth, Ga.


    Koski had four wins and was a part of two NCAA A cuts at the Georgia Invitational. He won the 500 freestyle with an A-cut time of 4:15.55, which is fifth-best in school history and ranks first in the SEC. Koski also won the 1650 freestyle in 14:53.32, the seventh-best time in school history and highest in the conference this season. He anchored the 800 free relay team that took first with an A-cut time of 6:24.79, the seventh-best mark in school history.