Elliott earns fourth nod for SEC's top freshman
Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 11:40 p.m.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Florida swimmer Matt Elliott received his fourth SEC Male Freshman of the Week nod of the 2011-12 season, the league announced Wednesday afternoon. The recognition comes after Elliott's performance at the Classic @ SMU this weekend in Dallas, Texas where the Gators took on nationally ranked No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 USC, No. 16 North Carolina, No. 20 Purdue and host, SMU.
The freshman helped lead Florida to a third-place finish at the annual meet as the only freshman there to capture an individual event title. Elliott won the 200 breast in a new personal-best, NCAA ‘B' provisional time of 1:57.79.
His time in the 200 breast is the fastest in the SEC this season, and ranks 20th nationally. He joins only two other freshmen in the national rankings alongside Arizona's Kevin Cordes (1:53.55, 3rd) and Purdue's Lyam Dias (1:57.63, 19th) to hold times in the top-20.
Elliott added another career race over the weekend when he touched the wall in 1:48.43 in the 200 IM for seventh.
The Gators will host their final home meet of the season as the swimming and diving team will play host to SEC opponent Auburn this Saturday. Swimming events will begin at 10 a.m. with senior recognitions to take place prior to the start of the meet.
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