Gators flood SEC awards list


Published: Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 9:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 9:14 p.m.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Thirteen Gators received annual SEC accolades to cap the 2016-17 men's and women's swimming and diving season.

Coach Gregg Troy was voted the SEC Men's Swimming Coach of the Year, leading the Gator men to a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships last month and a fifth-consecutive SEC championship title in February. Under Troy, who has coached the men's team since the 1999-2000 season, Florida has placed in the top 10 nationally for 17 straight years and added five SEC championship team titles to total 38 in program history.

2017 CSCAA Swimmer of the Year Caeleb Dressel can add another SEC Swimmer of the Year honor to his resume, his second. Dressel had another exceptional season at Florida, capturing national titles in the 50 free, 100 fly and 100 free and breaking American, NCAA and U.S. Open records in the 100 fly and 100 free. The junior now ranks second in program history with six national titles. At SECs, Dressel won the 50 free, 100 fly and 100 free and also teamed up on the first-place 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, 400 medley relay and 400 free relay.

Maxime Rooney earned SEC Male Freshman Swimmer of the Year. Eight other Gator men earned spots on the All-SEC first team and All-Freshman team, while a Gator each landed on the women's All-SEC second team and All-Freshman team.

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