BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Freshmen Aleksa Akerfelds and Martina Moravcikova have been named to the Southeastern Conference’s inaugural All-Freshman team, as announced by the league office today. In addition, senior Christine Magnuson earned a place on the SEC Women’s Swimming and Diving Community Service Team.
The All-Freshman team recognizes the top freshman finishers in each event at the SEC Swimming and Diving Championships, held this year in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Feb. 20-23. The Community Service Team highlights an athlete from each school who gives back to her community.
The SEC Freshman Swimmer of the Year, Akerfelds, was the fastest rookie in all three individual events she competed in at the conference championship meet. She picked up a silver medal in the 1650y free and bronze in the 500y free and 400y IM. All three performances (in addition to the 1000y split in the 1650y free) from the Bronxville, N.Y., product are the fastest in Lady Vol history.
Moravcikova was fifth in the 100y breast and sixth in the 200y breast at the meet, while registering career-best times in both. The Prague, Czech Republic, native was the top freshman finisher in the 100y race.
Lauren English and Chelsea Nauta of Georgia, along with diver Jessie Snowden of Kentucky were the top freshmen in two events each. Only Akerfelds led her classmates in three.
Magnuson was honored by the conference earlier this season, being named the 2008 SEC Female Swimmer of the Year and the SEC Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year. Her volunteer work in the community during her senior campaign included helping with the Second Harvest Canned Food Drive and the annual Easter egg hunt. The Tinley Park, Ill., native is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and coordinated the student-athlete election registration drive. She also volunteered at the SAAC Holiday Dinner.
A national champion in the 100y butterfly, Magnuson earned the Commissioner’s Trophy at the SEC Championships and was a four-time College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Collegiate Swimmer of the Week. She is currently training for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials to be held this summer.
SEC WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
Katie Kastes, Arkansas, 200y fly (3rd)
Erica Meissner, Auburn, 200y back (6th)
Melanie Roberts, Auburn, 200y IM (6th)
Josefin Wede, Auburn, 200y breast (3rd)
Julianne Lago, Florida, 100y fly (8th)
Lauren English, Georgia, 50y free (15th); 100y back (8th)
Hannah Moore, Georgia, Three-Meter Diving (3rd)
Chelsea Nauta, Georgia, 200y free (3rd); 100y free (3rd)
Jessie Snowden, Kentucky, One-Meter Diving (4th); Platform Diving (2nd)
ALEKSA AKERFELDS, TENNESSEE, 500y free (3rd); 400y IM (3rd); 1650y free (2nd)
MARTINA MORAVCIKOVA, TENNESSEE, 100y breast (5th)
SEC WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING COMMUNITY SERVICE TEAM
Allyson Angle, Alabama
Madison Palmer, Arkansas
Lauren Groblewski, Georgia
Kelly Morrison, Kentucky
Lauren Simons, LSU
Mandee Creager, South Carolina
CHRISTINE MAGNUSON, TENNESSEE
Rachel Dyer, Vanderbilt