Andkjaer And Marx Earn SEC Weekly Swimming And Diving Awards


Nov. 20, 2007

Jakob Andkjaer
Kelly Marx
AUBURN - Auburn's Jakob Andkjaer and Kelly Marx picked up a pair of the SEC weekly male swimming and diving awards Tuesday as Andkjaer earned SEC Swimmer of the Week, followed by Marx as SEC Diver of the Week.

The duo earns the awards after their performance on Friday in a 138-84 win over in-state rival Alabama. Marx also went on to finish second in the platform diving at the Georgia Tech Invitational on Tuesday.

Andkjaer picked up three wins Friday, leading the Auburn charge against Alabama. The Tigers built up such a lead that they exhibitioned the last four events en route to the victory.

The Farum, Denmark native earned his first two "B" cuts of the season at the meet with his first coming in a 20.09 performance and win in the 50 free, an event that Auburn took the top four spots in. Andkjaer then pulled out a two-second win in the 100 free (44.10) for his second NCAA provisional time of the meet. He also swam the anchor freestyle leg in the 200 medley relay in 19.82, helping the team finish in 1:30.16 for the win.

Marx, a native of Overland Park, Kan., opened up his weekend winning by more than 13 points on the 1-meter against Alabama with a score of 323.55. He exhibitioned on the 3-meter board, but posted the second-highest score of 356.17 in the event. Marx then went on to compete on the Platform at the Georgia Tech Invitational on Sunday, finishing second with a score of 367.65.

All three of his weekend scores are NCAA zone-qualifying scores.

The Tigers take the week off for the Thanksgiving break and return to action, Nov. 29 - Dec. 1 with a pair of meter events. Part of the squad will compete at the USA Swimming Shortcourse Championships in Atlanta while other on the team will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for the Alabama Longcourse invitational. Also during this time, the Tiger divers will head to Baton Rouge, La., for the LSU Diving Invitational, Dec. 1-2.