Oct. 29, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - Off to an impressive start, freshman Allyx Purcell has been honored by the Southeastern Conference as the SEC's Women's Swimmer of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday.
Purcell was named the SEC Freshman of the Week two weeks ago for her role in Auburn's sweep at the Notre Dame Tri-Meet against Notre Dame and Indiana. The freshman has played an integral role in the Tigers' 3-0 start to the season and continued to outpace the competition at last weekend's meet at Queens (N.C.) University at the Royals Open against world class competition.
During her first three times in action this season, Purcell has dominated in the water winning seven races, including knocking off Olympian and former Auburn swimmer Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace last Friday at the Royals Open.
The freshman posted her first sub-50 time in the 100 free to knock off Vanderpool-Wallace. The Southport, Australia, native continued her torrid pace in the 50 free with a time of 22.90 to continue her unbeaten streak in the event. Purcell holds the nation's sixth-best time in both the 50 and 100 free and has yet to be beaten in both events.
Teamed with Emily Bos, Annie Lazor and Megan Fonteno, Purcell anchored the 200 medley relay team to a victory by almost two seconds with a time of 1:42.56. In the 200 freestyle relay, Purcell turned in the top time (22.68) to pace the Tigers to a win in the event and give Auburn the third-best time in the country.
Purcell also placed second in the 50 fly, behind teammate Olivia Scott as Auburn finished with four swimmers in the top-five in the race.
The Auburn women return to action on Friday, Nov. 8 at the Tigers' annual Swim for MS intrasquad meet, while the men travel to the LSU on Saturday for their first SEC action of the season.
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