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Gotro Named SEC Freshman Diver of the Year
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Gotro Named SEC Freshman Diver of the Year

April 10, 2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – South Carolina diver Jordan Gotro was named Southeastern Conference Men’s Freshman Diver of the Year on Thursday. The conference announced its annual Swimming and Diving Awards, as voted on by the league’s head coaches, and recognizing the conference’s top performers and coaches of the 2013-14 season.

Gotro had an impressive showing at the SEC Championships, placing in the top 15 of all three diving events. His highest finish came in the one-meter as he placed 10th. He finished one spot back of that result on the platform. In each of the two events, the Sacramento, Calif., native scored season-high point totals en route to being the top finishing freshman in the events. He was the second-highest finishing freshman in the three-meter as he placed 15th.

At the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships, Gotro continued his progression as he came away with a 12th-palce finish on the one-meter, a day after taking 15th on the three-meter board.

“Jordan has been such a diligent worker all year long,” South Carolina head diving coach Todd Sherritt said. “He had so much ground to catch up on the rest of the country, and it was truly remarkable on how fast he improved. By putting together a month-to-month climb in his daily training, it resulted in high finishes at conference and NCAA Zone Championships. This is a great start for Jordan. He has a great future ahead of him at South Carolina.”

Additionally, the SEC released its 2014 All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman Teams. First-team All-SEC honors went to those student-athletes who finished first in each event at the SEC Championships in February, including relays. Second-team All-SEC honors went to the second and third-place finishers in each event at the SEC Championships, including relays. The top freshman finisher in each event was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team.

2014 SEC Swimming and Diving Awards

Men’s Swimmer of the Year: Marcin Cieslak, Florida
Women’s Swimmer of the Year:
Brittany MacLean, Georgia

Men’s Diver of the Year: Mauricio Robles, Tennessee
Women’s Diver of the Year:
Laura Ryan, Georgia

Men’s Freshman Swimmer of the Year: Mitch D’Arrigo, Florida
Women’s Freshman Swimmer of the Year:
Olivia Smoliga, Georgia

Men’s Freshman Diver of the Year: Jordan Gotro, South Carolina

Men’s Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year: T.J. Leon, Auburn
Men’s Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
Brad deBorde, Florida
Women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year:
Shannon Vreeland, Georgia

Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year: Gregg Troy, Florida
Women’s Swimming Coach of the Year:
Steve Bultman, Texas A&M

Co-Men’s Diving Coach of the Year: Jeff Shaffer, Auburn
Co-Men’s Diving Coach of the Year:
Jamie Sweeney, Missouri

Women’s Diving Coach of the Year: Dan Laak, Georgia

2014 SEC Swimmers and Divers of the Meet (announced at the SEC Championships)

Men’s Swimmer of the Meet: Sebastien Rousseau, Florida
Women’s Swimmer of the Meet:
Breeja Larson, Texas A&M

Men’s Diver of the Meet: Ford McLiney, Texas A&M
Women’s Diver of the Meet:
Laura Ryan, Georgia

Men’s All-SEC First Team
Marcelo Chierighini, Auburn
Marcin Cieslak, Florida
Kyle Darmody, Auburn
Brad deBorde, Florida
James Disney-May, Auburn
Michael Duderstadt, Auburn
Nic Fink, Georgia
Arthur Frayler, Florida
Christian-Paul Homer, Florida
Chase Kalisz, Georgia
Sean Lehane, Tennessee
T.J. Leon, Auburn
Corey Main, Florida
Anton McKee, Alabama
Ford McLiney, Texas A&M
Arthur Mendes, Auburn
Sebastien Rousseau, Florida
John Santieu, Auburn
Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez, Florida
Dan Wallace, Florida

Men’s All-SEC Second Team
Jack Blyzinskyj, Florida
David Bonuchi, Missouri
Vlad Caciuc, Alabama
Matthew Curby, Florida
Mitch D’Arrigo, Florida
Taylor Dale, Georgia
Greg Ferrucci, Kentucky
Andrew Gemmell, Georgia
Kristian Gkolomeev, Alabama
Zane Grothe, Auburn
BJ Hornikel, Alabama
Matias Koski, Georgia
Gustav Aberg Ledjstrom, Tennessee
Fraser McKean, Auburn
Connor Oslin, Alabama
Luke Percy, Tennessee
Sam Rairden, Tennessee
Doug Reynolds, Georgia
Mauricio Robles, Tennessee
Connor Signorin, Florida
Tristan Slater, Tennessee
Ty Stewart, Georgia
Michael Trice, Georgia
Brett Walsh, Alabama
Pawel Werner, Alabama

Men’s SEC All-Freshman Team
Pace Clark, Georgia
Mitch D’Arrigo, Florida
Taylor Dale, Georgia
Kyle Darmody, Auburn
Michael Duderstadt, Auburn
Brandon Flynn, Kentucky
Jordan Gotro, South Carolina

Cam Jones, Auburn
Anton McKee, Alabama
Connor Oslin, Alabama
Joe Patching, Auburn
Brent Sagert, Alabama

Women’s All-SEC First Team
Cammile Adams, Texas A&M
Elizabeth Beisel, Florida
Ann-Perry Blank, Georgia
Kaylin Burchell, Alabama
Jessica Graber, Georgia
Molly Hannis, Tennessee
Lauren Harrington, Georgia
Lili Ibanez-Lopez, Texas A&M
Tori Lamp, Tennessee
Breeja Larson, Texas A&M
Maddie Locus, Georgia
Brittany MacLean, Georgia
Melanie Margalis, Georgia
Amber McDermott, Georgia
Caroline McElhany, Texas A&M
Paige Miller, Texas A&M
Laura Ryan, Georgia
Olivia Smoliga, Georgia
Chantal VanLandeghem, Georgia
Shannon Vreeland, Georgia
Ellese Zalewski, Florida

Women’s All-SEC Second Team
Christina Bechtel, Kentucky
Kelli Benjamin, Texas A&M
Sammie Bosma, Texas A&M
Harper Bruens, Tennessee
Erica Dittmer, Texas A&M
Hali Flickinger, Georgia
Lindsey Gendron, Tennessee
Molly Hannis, Tennessee
Sarah Henry, Texas A&M
Natalie Hinds, Florida
Faith Johnson, Tennessee
Hilda Luthersdottir, Florida
Lindsey McKnight, Florida
Meredith Oliver, Texas A&M
Lauren Reedy, Missouri
Sinead Russell, Florida
Laura Ryan, Georgia
Lauren Solernou, Tennessee
Cherelle Thompson, Tennessee
Cassie Weil, LSU
Annie Zhu, Georgia
Rachel Zilinskas, Georgia

Women’s SEC All-Freshman Team
Bridget Blood, Alabama
Kendal Casey, Kentucky
Delaney Dye, Florida
Madison Hudkins, Texas A&M
Taylor Katz, Florida
Lindsay Keahey, Kentucky
Kara Kopcso, LSU
Sycerika McMahon, Texas A&M
Allyx Purcell, Auburn
Olivia Smoliga, Georgia
Ellie Suek, Missouri
Danielle Valley, Florida
Rachel Zilinskas, Georgia