Auburn Men’s Swimming and Diving Team celebrate the Tigers SEC Championship.
“This is the way the meet is supposed to be,” Auburn Head Swimming Coach Brett Hawke remarked after Auburn edged Florida to win their 15th consecutive SEC Championship Saturday, at the University of Florida. He added, “The SEC is an extremely tough conference and Florida always gives us a run for our money.”
It was the10th straight year that Auburn and Florida have finished first and second in the South Eastern Conference. And this year was the closest contest yet. The Tigers edged Florida 799 points to 782.
Coach Hawke said that the SEC is tough, ”(But) we have a tough team, and winning the SEC title is a part of who we are. We have a tradition of excellence, and this is an amazing team.
The 2011 SEC Championship was the 17th for the Auburn program in the last 18 years.
The Auburn women finished third overall with 563 points behind Florida (678 pts) and SEC Champ Georgia (720 pts). The Women’s program has also placed in the top three of the SEC for the past 15 years.
Individual honors at the SEC Meet went to Dan Mazzaferro for being named the SEC Male Diver of the Year . Mazzaferro also shared the Men’s SEC Commissioner’s Trophy; and AriannaVanderpool-Wallace was named the SEC Female Swimmer of The Year and shared the Commissioner’s Trophy as the high scorer at the Meet.
In winning the SEC Championship, Hawke said that he could not be more proud of the team’s “fight and will to hold on in the end.” Like coach Hawke, the Auburn family could not be any more proud of the Swimming Team either.
Congratulations Tigers and War Eagle!