Three Tigers Earn SEC Swimming And Diving Weekly Honors
Dec. 7, 2010
AUBURN, Ala. - Three Auburn student-athletes were honored by the Southeastern Conference as Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace was awarded Female Swimmer of the Week, Adam Brown was named Male Swimmer of the Week and Dan Mazzaferro earned Male Diver of the Week. The honor is Vanderpool-Wallace's first of the season, while it is the second of the year for both Brown and Mazzaferro.
"I'm very proud of all three student-athletes' performances this weekend and happy that they are being recognized by the SEC," head coach Brett Hawke said.
Vanderpool-Wallace, a junior from Nassau, Bahamas, had a stellar weekend for Auburn at the Georgia Fall Invitational in Athens. She tallied three individual wins and was a part of four winning relay teams. The highlight of the meet was her performance in the 100 free as she broke her own school record and swam a NCAA "A" cut time of 47.44. That mark is the fastest time recorded in the country so far this season.
Vanderpool-Wallace opened the meet as leadoff of the winning 200 free relay that finished in a "B" time of 1:29.04 and then followed with a win in the 50 free in a "B" time of 22.14, which is also the fastest time in the country so far. Vanderpool-Wallace's other individual win came in the 100 fly as she finished in time of 52.72, ranking fifth nationally. She anchored the 400 free relay that won in an "A" time of 3:14.91. She was also a part of the winning 400 medley relay (3:36.27) and 200 medley relay (1:37.99).
Brown, a senior from Cambridge, England, had another solid weekend for Auburn as he had two individual and four relay victories. He opened as the leadoff for the winning 200 free relay that finished in a "B" time of 1:18.49. Individually, he started with a win in the 50 free (19.56) and followed with a win in the 100 free (42.56). Both times rank fourth nationally. Brown swam the third leg of the winning 400 medley relay (3:10.13) and 200 medley relay (1:26.30). He concluded the meet as the third leg of the 400 free relay that finished first in 2:52.51 and was just .07 second away from an "A" cut.
"Both Arianna (Vanderpool-Wallace) and Adam (Brown) are some of the nation's fastest sprinters and have been two of our hardest workers on the team so far this year," Hawke said. "It is great to see them recognized for their amazing results."
Mazzaferro, a redshirt senior from Cheshire, Conn., continued his dominance on the boards this season as he picked up a pair of victories at the Georgia Invite. He finished first on the three-meter springboard Saturday with a score of 393.15. His preliminary score of 411.80 was a season best. Mazzaferro concluded competition with a win on the platform with 481.25 points. That mark was just six points away from his school-record score that was set at the 2009 SEC Championships.
"Dan (Mazzaferro) was very consistent on both events," head diving coach Jeff Shaffer said. "His platform performance was exceptional for this time of the year and was one of the best performances of his career. It was very encouraging to see as we now head into the championship season."
The Auburn divers close out the 2010 portion of the schedule at the LSU Diving Invitational in Baton Rouge, Dec. 16-18. The entire squad returns to competition as rival Texas comes to Auburn in January. The Auburn women face the Longhorns on Jan. 13 at 5 p.m. and the men take on the defending national champion Longhorns Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. Both meets will be held at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center.
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