Michele King receives her 50 free gold medal at the SEC Championships.
Feb. 23, 2010
By Zach Stipe, Media Relations Graduate Assistant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A few days after capturing a pair of SEC titles at her final conference championship meet, senior Michele King added the Lady Vol Athlete of the Week award on Tuesday.
King repeated as conference champion in the 50y free in a time of 22.06 and anchored the 200y medley relay to victory in an NCAA Championships automatic-qualifying performance (1:37.32) at the 2010 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships in Athens, Ga., last week. Both readouts are the fastest in the nation this season.
Her efforts led the 13th-ranked Lady Vols to a third-straight fourth-place SEC finish at the Gabrielsen Natatorium. UT's 497-point total was its most under the standard top-16 scoring formula since 1997.
The York, Pa., native also placed fourth in the 100y free for the second straight season and was a member of the fourth-place 400y medley and 400y free relays. She also anchored the fifth-place 200y free relay. The 15-time All-American tallied eight total NCAA cuts during the week. Her two conference titles in Athens give her four total SEC Championships, one off the Tennessee record of five set by former teammate and 2008 U.S. Olympian Christine Magnuson.
By winning the 50y free again, King also became just the sixth Lady Vol to ever successfully defend her conference championship.
This is the second time King has been honored with the LVAW award. She won the award on Jan. 12, 2009, after winning two individual events and swimming a leg on four victorious relays in a quad meet at Indiana.
The Lady Vol swimming and diving team will be in action again this Friday and Saturday at the Last Chance Meet in Knoxville.