Nov. 10, 2009
By Zach Stipe, Media Relations Graduate Assistant
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Just four meets into her debut season, Tennessee freshman Kelsey Floyd is proving to be force in the Southeastern Conference.
The Lexington, Ky., native collected her second straight SEC Female Swimming and Diving Freshman of the Week award from the conference office on Tuesday.
Swimming like a veteran, Floyd led the Lady Vols to a 179-121 victory over South Carolina last Friday at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center. Paced by the rookie's two wins and two second-place finishes, UT was able to improve to a perfect 3-0 in the SEC.
Floyd captured first the 200y fly (2:01.32) and 200y back (1:59.25) with her time in the latter just one hundredth off the NCAA `B' cut. Both winning readouts broke her into the Lady Vol all-time top-10 performers list, as well, ranking her ninth in the 200y back and 10th in the 200y fly.
She also snagged runner-up placements as a member of the 200y medley relay (1:46.15) and in the 100y fly (55.68) versus the Gamecocks.
Through the early part of the 2009-10 season Floyd ranks fifth in the conference in the 200y back and eighth in both fly events. She also has competed on both of the Big Orange's 400y free and 200y medley relays that have earned `B' cuts and rank in the conference's top-three.
In addition, she has demonstrated her versatility by recording either the best time or second-best readout in five different events (200y free, 1000y free, 100y fly, 200y fly and 200y back) for the Orange and White so far and has 15 top-three event finishes.
Floyd and the Lady Vol swimming and diving team will be looking to garner more accolades starting next Thursday, as Tennessee hosts the UT Invitational from Nov. 19-21 at the AJIAC.