The Southeastern Conference announced Tuesday its All-SEC teams, All-Freshman Team and Scholar Athlete awards, with four Vols being honored.
The 2010 SEC Community Service team, announced Feb. 15, also honors a Vol, junior Chris Winchell, to give the Big Orange five league honors in 2010.
With his 200 breaststroke championship, Brad Craig was named First-Team All-SEC. The Midland, Mich., native won the event on the final day of the 2010 SEC championships.
Both Giles Smith and Ryan Harrison were named to the SEC All-Freshman team for their efforts at the league’s championship meet. The All-Freshman team consists of the top-finishing freshman in each event, excluding relays.
Smith’s honor comes behind his ninth-place finish in the 100 butterfly. The Baltimore, Md., native swam a career-best time of 47.06 seconds to win the consolation final at the SEC championships.
Harrison placed fifth in the 200 freestyle with a 1:35.10 B-cut time. The Londonderry, Northern Ireland, native finished just two seconds shy of a medal at the SEC meet.
Junior co-captain Geoff Sanders was named 2010 SEC Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year along with Auburn’s Jordan Anderson.
Sanders is a chemical engineering major with minors in business administration and chemistry. The Raleigh, N.C., native boasts a 3.75 GPA. Sanders swam to 10 top-five finishes during the Vols’ regular season, including two wins in the 500 freestyle. Before the season started, his teammates voted him to serve as a team captain — making him the first individual non-senior co-captain at Tennessee since 1969.
Five Lady Vols captured All-SEC honors on Tuesday, as the Southeastern Conference announced its all-conference swimming and diving awards following last week’s SEC Championships from Feb. 17-20.
Senior Michele King earned her third consecutive First Team All-SEC award as she repeated as the 50y free (22.06) league champion and anchored the 200y medley relay to victory in an NCAA A-cut performance (1:37.32) at the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga. Both marks lead the nation.
Joining King on the relay and capturing their first First Team All-SEC accolades were senior Alex Barsanti, sophomore Jenny Connolly and freshman Kelsey Floyd.
First Team All-Conference honors are given to each event winner at the SEC Championships.
Barsanti also took second in the 100y breast and sixth in the 100y breast, while Connolly was runner-up for the second straight year in the 100y back along with seventh in the 100y fly and ninth in the 200y back.
King snagged a fourth-place finish in the 100y free in addition to her victories.
Floyd and classmate Breanna Folk were named to the SEC All-Freshmen Team by way of their freshman-best finishes in the 100y fly and 100y breast, respectively.
Floyd, a four-time SEC Freshman of the Week honoree this season, placed ninth in the 100y fly, while also earning a fifth-place finish in the 200y back and the seventh-place clocking in the 200y fly.
Folk was third in the 100y breast as well as ninth in the 200y IM.
The Lady Vols grabbed their third-straight fourth-place conference finish at the 2010 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships. UT’s 497-point total was its most in the standard top-16 scoring formula since 1997.
The Lady Vol swimming and diving team will be in action again this Friday and Saturday at the Last Chance Meet in Knoxville.
Swim teams garner nine conference awards
Published: Fri Feb 26, 2010