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Swimming Trio Receives SEC Weekly Accolades

Swimming Trio Receives SEC Weekly Accolades

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Three Tennessee swimmers earned SEC weekly recognition after their performances last week against the 10th-ranked Louisville Cardinals, the league office announced Tuesday.
For the men, Jordan Crooks earned SEC Swimmer of the Week, while Gui Caribe took home SEC Co-Freshman of the Week. It’s the second time this season in which the two Vols have received their respective honors. Josephine Fuller is the first Lady Vol to be recognized this season, being named the SEC Swimmer of the Week on the women’s side.
Crooks, a sophomore from George Town, Cayman Islands, won both of his individual events and both relays that he was a part of to lead the Vols to an impressive 176-124 win against Louisville. He posted season-best times in both individual events, winning the 50 free behind a 19.35 mark and the 100 fly with a 46.04 time. His 100 fly time ranks second in the country and leads the SEC, while he owns the third-best time nationally in the 50 free this season.
In the relays, Crooks swam the fly leg of the fastest 200 medley relay, which posted the fifth-best time in the nation at 1:25.66. As the anchor of the 400 free relay, Tennessee faced more than a second and a half deficit before Crooks threw down a 41.62 split to lift UT to the win in the event with a 2:54.64 mark.
Caribe, a freshman from Salvador, Brazil, remained undefeated in the 100 free this season, significantly improved his 50 free time and was also a member of top 200 medley relay. In the 100 free, he threw down the fifth-fastest time in the nation at 42.81, which leads all NCAA freshmen. Taking second in the 50 free behind Crooks, Caribe’s time of 19.40 ranked fifth in the country this year and was 0.82 seconds faster than his previous best mark in the event. He anchored the 200 medley relay lineup, throwing down a 18.87 split to get the win.
Fuller, a sophomore from Richmond, Virginia, won all three of her individual events during the meet against Louisville. She swept the backstroke events with times of 53.35 in the 100 back and 1:56.45 in the 200 back. She also won the 200 IM behind a 2:01.28 mark. She also swam the backstroke leg of the 200 medley relay, which finished second with a time of 1:39.44.
This season, Fuller ranks eighth nationally in both the 100 back (52.79) and 200 IM (1:59.05) and is 13th in the 200 back (1:55.95). She leads the SEC in the 200 IM.
Up next, Tennessee hits the road again to take on SEC rival Florida on Saturday, November 5, at 10 a.m. ET.

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