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.
Lady Vols
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.