Gators flood SEC postseason awards list

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Florida's Caeleb Dressel swims the 100 yard butterfly Friday, March 23, 2018, at the NCAA men's swimming and diving championships in Minneapolis. (Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP)

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The Gators took home both Male Swimmer of the Year and Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year, as well as nine All-SEC First Team honors, three All-SEC Second Team honors and two All-Freshman Team accolades, the SEC announced Thursday.

Senior Caeleb Dressel earned his third consecutive SEC Male Swimmer of the Year award after winning three individual SEC Championships and three relay titles at the meet. The Green Cove Springs native set two American and NCAA records during the four days in the 100 breast and 200 IM, while also setting the pool record in the 100 free.

Dressel ended his career with the most individual SEC titles in Florida’s history on the men’s side, garnering 10 championships over his four years at UF. He also earned both Male Swimmer of the Meet, as well as the Commissioner’s Trophy on the final day of the championship competition.

Coach Gregg Troy was named SEC Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year for the sixth consecutive season after leading the men’s team to its sixth-straight SEC Championship. The honor is his 10th overall in his 19 seasons at the helm of the men’s program.

Nine Gator men earned spots on the All-SEC First Team: Khader Baqlah, Chandler Bray, Caeleb Dressel, Bayley Main, Maxime Rooney, Jan Switkowski, Mark Szaranek and Michael Taylor. The First Team consists of the top finisher in each event at the SEC Championships.

Two men and one woman landed on the All-SEC Second Team, which consists of the second- and third-place finishers in each event at the SEC Championships. Blake Manganiello and Enzo Martinez-Scarpe made up the men’s awards, while Taylor Ault earned the first SEC honor of her career on the women’s side.