SEC recognizes three volumes of weekly awards

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Three members of the Tennessee men’s swim and dive team were recognized by the SEC for their strong performances last week during the Tennessee Invitational, the conference bureau said Tuesday.

For the second time this season, the trio of Jordan Crooks, Gui Caribe and Bryan Hattie swept the weekly SEC honors as Crooks received SEC Swimmer of the Week, Caribe brought home fellow SEC Freshman of the Week and Hattie received SEC Diver of the Week. This is the third time this year that each band has been recognized with the appropriate award by the league.

All three were huge in UT’s successful week of invitations, which saw the 10thth-Ranked Vols finished with a perfect 4-0 record, notching dominant wins over No. 8 Virginia and 14th-Rank Michigan.

Crooks, a sophomore from George Town, Cayman Islands, cemented himself as one of the nation’s top swimmers this weekend, winning every race he swam in, both individually and in a relay. He set two individual program records (50 Free, 100 Fly) and was a member of three seasons (200 Free, 400 Free, 400 Medley) that achieved the fastest times in Tennessee history.

The highlight of the weekend came when Crooks threw a national-leading time of 18.27 in his 50 free-game leadoff split of the 200 free season, setting the second-fastest time in NCAA history at the event. So far this year his mark is 0.56 seconds faster than the next best performance – for comparison, the gap between first and second place this season is the same as second and 23rd place.

In addition to the 50 Free, Crooks also posted national bests in the 100 Free (41.17) and 100 Fly (44.79) over the weekend. Not one of his main events, he swam back the 100 during heats and posted a time of 45.55 that ranks seventh in the country and the second-best mark in Tennessee history. His 200-free split of 1:34.30 in the opener of the 800-free relay ranked eighth in the program record books.

A major reason for Tennessee’s overwhelming victories was their consistent dominance of relay teams, most of which included both Crooks and Caribe. The duo helped four different lineups to national times in the 400 free relay (1st/2:47.27), 200 free relay (2nd/1:15.32), 400 medley relay (3rd /3:03.77) and the 200-medley relay (7 /1:23.84). Crooks was also a member of the 800 free relay, which posted the fourth-best time in the country that year with 6:17.27.

Caribe, a freshman from Salvador, Brazil, enjoyed a strong swim weekend after posting two top 3 times nationally in the sprint freestyle. He finished second in both the 50 free and 100 free races, placing behind Crooks in every event. Caribe’s 41.44 time in the 100 Free is the second-fastest mark in the country this season and the second-best time ever by an NCAA freshman (a record Crooks holds). In the 50 free, he touched the wall in 18.91, which ranks third nationally that year.
Both efforts were good for second place in the Big Orange record books.

Hattie, a junior from Victoria, British Columbia, paced the boards at the Vols, recording a win on the platform and finishing second in both springboard events. Hattie made his first appearance on the tower this season and posted a score of 402.50, which ranks third nationally this season to win the event by 18+ points. He finished four of his six jumps with the highest score while three of his jumps scored more than 76 points. On the springboards, he finished second overall with 364.75 in the 1 meter and 392.05 in the 3 meter.

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