The Southeastern Conference announced its Swimming and Diving athletes of the week on Tuesday, recognizing outstanding performances in the pool.
SEC FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
Christina Bechtel, Kentucky
Jr. • Franklin, Tenn.
On the strengths of two wins in the butterfly, UK junior Christina Bechtel is ranked third nationally in the 100 yard butterfly. Against Ohio State in UK’s home opener, she finished first in the 100 yard fly with a time of 54.34. Bechtel, an NCAA qualifier last year, also posted a win in the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 2:00.75 against the Buckeyes. In her other two races, both relays, she helped her relay to a 2nd and 3rd place finish.
SEC FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
Patricia Kranz, South Carolina
Jr. • Davie, Fla.
Kranz won the three-meter board with 369.23 points, coming up just shy of a career mark, during South Carolina’s season opening sweep of College of Charleston. The Florida native took second on the one-meter board (303.52 points).
SEC FEMALE FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Allyx Purcell, Auburn
Purcell won five events (three individual) in her first two collegiate meets. Her 50 free time of 22.87 during the Notre Dame tri-meet ranks fourth in the nation while her 100 free time (50.30) is seventh-best in the nation and second-fastest among freshmen nationally. She has played a major role in Auburn’s 3-0 start to the season with two dual wins over ranked opponents (Indiana, Notre Dame).
SEC MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
Marcelo Chierighini, Auburn
Sr. • Sao Paolo, Brazil
Chierighini swam a 19.93 in the 50 free during action at the Notre Dame tri-meet, a mark that ranks first the nation. He is one of two swimmers in the country with a sub-20 second time in the 50 free this season. Chierighini’s 44.09 finish in the 100 free ranks second fastest in the nation. He tallied a pair of top-two finishes in each event entered in AU’s first meet of the year (50 free, 100 free, 200 MR, 400 FR).
SEC MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
Greg Ferrucci, Kentucky
Sr. • Huntersville, N.C.
Ferrucci recorded wins in all four competitions to start the season. At Georgia, he notched victories in the 1- and 3-meter dives, with scores of 376.28 and 347.48, respectively. Ferrucci’s two wins resulted in half of UK’s four victories at UGA. The senior swept the diving events again at home against Ohio State. The UK men and women have claimed 13 victories this season, four from Ferrucci.
SEC MALE FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Mitch D’Arrigo, Florida
D’Arrigo earned his first collegiate victory with a first place swim of 4:26.35 in the 500 freestyle. D’Arrigo, making the transition from long course meters to yards, posted his fastest time in the 500 free (4:26.04) at the All Florida Invitational at the end of September. In addition to his 500 free against Minnesota, D’Arrigo posted a 200 free time of 1:39.17 in a third place finish behind teammates Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez and Corey Main.