Jan. 18, 2012
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AUBURN, Ala. - A day after being named the Southeastern Conference Swimmer of the Week, Auburn senior Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace picked up her first national honor of the season as the Counsilman Hunsaker National Swimmer of the Week, presented by CollegeSwimming.com.
Vanderpool-Wallace continued her dominance of the sprint events, winning all four events in which she competed in the Tigers' 167-133 win over the fourth-ranked Longhorns. The Nassau, Bahamas, native started off the meet by teaming with Emily Bos, Lauren Norberg and Olivia Scott to dominate the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:37.38, winning by more than five full seconds.
She then won both sprints, clocking a 22.41 in the 50 free and a 48.44 in the 100 free to put Auburn in the lead for good. She then helped put the meet away with a strong leadoff leg in the 200 free relay as she joined Hannah Riordan, Megan Fonteno and Haley Krakoski in winning the final race with a 1:31.99.
She has been named SEC Swimmer of the Week three times this season. It marks the first national award of the year for the 2011 SEC Swimmer of the Year and 18-time All-American.
The other Division I national honoree this week was Texas senior Jimmy Feigen. Carly Bush and David Hayhow of Grand Valley State were the Division II honorees, and Erik Klontz (Carleton College) and Sadie Nennig (Emory) earned the award in Division III.
Vanderpool-Wallace and the Tigers will wrap up the 2011-12 dual meet season on Saturday with a long-course meet at Florida. The competition begins at 9 a.m. CT at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center Natatorium.