McKinney Named SEC Diver of the Week
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BATON ROUGE – Senior Sean McKinney has been named the Southeastern Conference Male Diver of the Week after three top-three finishes in meets against SMU and Oklahoma Baptist.
“I think it’s very deserving for Sean,” LSU diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “He’s broken the record two times this year so it’s a show of his improvement. We came off a grueling schedule. He deserved it another time this year, but he has continued to persevere and eventually it came around. I’m proud of him for continuing to push and try to reach his goals.”
McKinney broke the school record on 3-meter with a mark of 425.70. It’s the second time he has broken the record this season. In the dual meet against SMU, the Springfield, Va. native finished second on 1-meter (349.35) and third on 3-meter (360.23).
“It’s been a rough couple of weeks so it’s nice to come back and receive this honor,” McKinney said. “Our coaching staff has helped us push through the grueling schedule, and it was nice to come back home and have a strong showing.”
The full squad competes in the final dual meet of the season against Texas A&M Saturday, Jan.18 at 1 p.m. in the LSU Natatorium.
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SEC Swimming and Diving Athletes of the Week 1/14/14
Male Swimmer of the Week: Gustav Aberg Ledjstrom, Tennessee
Male Diver of the Week: Sean McKinney, LSU
Co-Male Freshman of the Week: Taylor Dale, Georgia
Co-Male Freshman of the Week: Joe Patching, Auburn
Female Swimmer of the Week: Melanie Margalis, Georgia
Female Diver of the Week: Laura Ryan, Georgia
Female Freshman of the Week: Heather Lundstrom, Tennessee