Tuesday November 12, 2013Trio of Gators Named Southeastern Conference Athletes of the Week
The Southeastern Conference named redshirt senior Sebastien Rousseau (Cape Town, South Africa) the SEC Male Swimmer of the Week, sophomore Kahlia Warner (Queensland, Australia) the SEC Female Diver of the Week and Danielle Valley (Bradenton, Fla.) the SEC Female Freshman of the Week for their performances in Florida’s sweep of Alabama last Thursday in the O’Connell Center.
The top ranked Gator men won by a score of 169-123 over No. 16 Alabama, giving Florida five wins over top-16 teams this season. The third-ranked women topped No. 25 Alabama by a score of 179-113.
The honor marks the second consecutive recognition for Warner. Rousseau was named the conference swimmer of the week for the fourth time in his career.
Rousseau was one of nine Gators to earn individual victory against Alabama. Rousseau delivered one of the most impressive swims of the meet, winning the 200 butterfly in an NCAA B cut time of 1:45.71, which is the nation’s fifth fastest mark as of Tuesday. Rousseau also helped the 400 freestyle relay group post the fastest time in the event (2:58.20), posting a split of 44.52 on the third leg of the race.
Fresh off of an SEC Diver of the Week performance against Georgia, Warner responded by sweeping both springboards with season best scores in both events. Warner took the one-meter with a six-line total of 307.13 and the three-meter with a six-line total of 353.03.
Valley excelled in the middle distance events to earn her first career SEC athlete of the week. Valley won the 500 freestyle in an NCAA B cut and career best time of 4:49.25. Valley’s swim now ranks second on the team and 16th in the country. In the 200 freestyle, Valley placed second behind teammate Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario, Canada) in a time of 1:49.63, which was a new personal best.
The Gators will next compete Nov. 22 at the three-day Buckeye Invitational hosted by Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.
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