Feb. 24, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn head coach Brett Hawke was named SEC Men's Coach of the Year, and junior Kyle Owens was named the league's Co-Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year as the Southeastern Conference announced its annual swimming and diving awards Friday.
Hawke, in his third full season as the Tigers' head coach and sixth season overall on the Auburn coaching staff, earned his first selection as the SEC Men's Coach of the Year. The Tigers won their 16th consecutive SEC men's swimming & diving title last week, giving Auburn men's swimming the third-longest streak of SEC titles in any sport. Only Florida's volleyball program (18 straight titles from 1991-2008) and Arkansas' men's cross country team (17 championships, 1991-2007) have had longer streaks of team championships in the history of the Southeastern Conference.
Owens, a junior from Johnson City, Tenn., capped off one of the strongest SEC meets ever by an Auburn swimmer by being named the league's Co-Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year for swimming and diving, sharing the honor with Tennessee diver Ryan Helms. Owens totaled six gold medals and one silver during the league meet, winning the 100 and 200 backstroke events while also swimming on four winning relay teams. He also took runner-up honors in the 200 individual medley.
A two-time CSCAA Scholar All-American, Owens has recorded a 4.0 GPA in four out of five semesters so far in his Auburn career. A biomedical sciences major, he has conducted microbiological research granted by the FAA under the supervision of Dr. James Barbaree.
In all, 16 Auburn student-athletes were named to the All-SEC First Team, while four others earned All-SEC Second Team honors. Three Tiger freshmen were named to the All-SEC Freshman Team as well.
Several Tiger swimmers will look to post or better NCAA qualifying marks in this weekend's Bulldog Invitational Last Chance Meet, which runs Saturday and Sunday in Athens, Ga. Auburn's divers are back in action as they play host to the NCAA Zone B Diving meet March 5-7, and Auburn will also host the 2012 NCAA Women's Championships March 15-17 at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center. The NCAA Men's Championships will take place March 22-24 in Federal Way, Wash.
2012 SEC Swimming & Diving Awards
Men's Swimming Coach of the Year
Co-Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Men's SEC All-Freshman Team