Record-setting Larson Earns SEC Weekly Honors
Larson, from Mesa, Ariz., earned her second SEC honor of the season after sweeping the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes in record-setting fashion at the Phill Hansel Invitational at the University of Houston.
She broke her own American and NCAA record with a time of 57.53 in the 100 breast last Friday, taking down her 57.71 record that she set while winning the 2012 NCAA Championship. The next day she broke USC's Rebecca Soni's NCAA and American 200 breast record of 2:04.75 from 2009 in the prelims with a time of 2:04.48. She wasn't able to lower the record even further in the evening final, but she grabbed the win with a time of 2:04.93.
SEC SWIMMING AND DIVING ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
SEC FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
Breeja Larson, Texas A&M
Jr. • Mesa, Ariz.
Larson broke two NCAA and American records as Texas A&M defeated four ranked teams to win the Phill Hansel Invitational hosted by University of Houston. She set the American record in the 200 breaststroke with a preliminary time of 2:04.48 before finishing the event in 2:04.93. Larson also set a new US record in the 100 breast with a time of 57.53. The 100 breast time is an improvement on her previous American record of 57.71. Larson had NCAA ‘A' cut times in the 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 MR and 400 MR over the weekend.
SEC FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
Tori Lamp, Tennessee
R-Jr. • Knoxville, Tenn.
Lamp won the platform and 1-meter dives in Tennessee's win over Kentucky last week. She took the one meter springboard with 305.25 points and was victorious on the platform with 298.58 points. Lamp also turned in 321.15 points on the three meter dive. It was the first two-win weekend of the season for Lamp and the first time Tennessee competed on the platform.
SEC FEMALE FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Anna Mayfield, Arkansas
San Antonio, Texas
Mayfield had a standout week as she recorded a school record and several national top-times during action at the Phill Hansel Invitational. She set a new school record in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:55.18, an NCAA ‘B' cut time that currently ranks fourth in the nation. Mayfield also placed fifth overall in the 500 free out of 72 swimmers and recorded a fifth-place finish in the 200 free with a time of 1:47.40. Her time in the 200 free ranks second-best in school history and 16th nationally.
SEC MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
Michael Flach, South Carolina
R-Jr. • Annandale, Va.
In a meet at No. 15 Virginia Tech, Flach won three individual events with NCAA ‘B' cut times and led his squad to a first-place finish in the 800 free relay (6:34.01). He swam a time of 4:18.38 in the 500 freestyle, a mark that ranks first in the country and set a new Christiansburg Aquatic Center record. Flach also took first in the 200 free (1:35.86) and 200 fly (1:45.51). His 200 fly time ranks first in the nation.
SEC MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
Greg Ferrucci, Kentucky
Jr. • Huntersville, N.C.
Ferrucci swept all three diving events in the Volunteer Invitational last weekend, picking up a win per day in Knoxville, Tenn. It was the first time Kentucky had competed in any platform events and the second consecutive meet that Ferrucci swept the diving events. He has earned five consecutive wins this year.
SEC MALE FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Matias Koski, Georgia
Koski had two wins and a second-place finish in Georgia's win over Emory. He won the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:27.26 and took the 1,000 freestyle in 8:59.81, the sixth-best time in school history and second-best time in the nation this year. Koski came in second on the 200 freestyle relay (1:24.12), swimming the second leg.