BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- Texas A&M sophomore Ford McLiney (Kansas City, Mo.) was named Southeastern Conference Men's Diver of the Week on Tuesday after sweeping the springboard diving events against Auburn last week.
McLiney, who transferred to A&M from Florida State, won the one- and three-meter dives against No. 11 Auburn on Saturday, but the Aggies fell to the Tigers in their home opener, 189-111. The 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference three-meter runner-up, won the one-meter dive with a score of 355.80 and the three-meter with a 384.68 point total.
Both Aggie swimming and diving squads will be back in action later this week with a 6 p.m. dual against Incarnate Word on Friday and a 1 p.m. dual with LSU on Saturday.
SEC SWIMMING AND DIVING ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
SEC FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
Olivia Scott, Auburn
Jr. • Aurora, Ill.
Scott won four of five individual races and two relays in a pair of Auburn dual meet victories vs. Texas and at Texas A&M...Was the key swimmer for Auburn in the win at Texas A&M, winning three individual events, including back-to-back swims in the 100 fly and 200 IM to clinch the victory for the Tigers...Also won the 200 free for the first time in her career...Helped 200 medley relay team to wins in both meets...Auburn women are now 6-0 on the season (4-0 SEC) in dual meet competition.
SEC FEMALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
Kesha Naylor, Arkansas
Jr. • Saskatchewan, Canada
Naylor dominated on the boards as the Razorbacks pulled an upset of No. 12 Penn State. The junior recorded season-bests on both the one-meter (310.90) and three-meter board en route to two first-place finishes. Naylor recorded the third-best score in the SEC this season on the three-meter board in doing so. Her score of 355.75 set a pool record in the Arkansas Natatorium and is currently second in school history, just short of her own record of 360.60.
SEC FEMALE FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Anna Mayfield, Arkansas
San Antonio, Texas
Mayfield recorded two event wins as Arkansas defeated No. 12 Penn State and Missouri State in a dual meet. She clocked first in the 200 free and out-touched Penn State at the wall, and helped the 400 free relay team to a first-place finish in 3:21.63, the second best time in school history. The entire dual meet would come down to the 400 free relay, where the winner would take all. Mayfield was clutch in the second leg of the 400 freestyle relay with a split of 50.28 and also clocked a time of 1:58.40 to take second in the 200 backstroke.
SEC MALE SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
Kyle Owens, Auburn
Sr. • Johnson City, Tenn.
Owens competed in eight different events in wins vs. Texas and at Texas A&M, winning all eight...He won three individual events and one relay vs. Texas, claiming wins in the 100 back, 200 back and 200 IM, along with helping the 200 medley relay team to a win...Owens claimed two individual victories and two relays in an SEC win at Texas A&M, winning the 100 free, 200 free, 400 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay...Auburn remains unbeaten in dual meet competition this season (5-0).
SEC MALE DIVER OF THE WEEK
Ford McLiney, Texas A&M
So. • Kansas City, Mo.
McLiney swept both diving boards during SEC action versus Auburn on Jan. 12. He won the 1-meter with 355.80 points and claimed the 3-meter board title with 384.68 points.
SEC MALE FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Chase Kalisz, Georgia
Bel Air, Md.
In Georgia's meet with Texas, Kalisz won three individual events. He took the 400 individual medley title with a time of 3:49.83 and claimed the 200 butterfly in 1:47.85. Kalisz also took the 200 breaststroke in 1:59.29. In two meets since joining the Bulldogs in December, Kalisz is 6-for-6 in his individual events.