Swimming and Diving Trio Earn SEC Accolades

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Sophmore Carrie Dragland earned her fourth conference honor of this season.
Sophmore Carrie Dragland earned her fourth conference honor of this season.

Jan. 19, 2010

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Three members of the Alabama Swimming and Diving teams earned Southeastern Conference honors this week, the league office announced today.

Senior Riley Boulden was named the SEC Male Swimmer of the Week, senior Aaron Fleshner was named the SEC Male Diver of the Week and sophomore Carrie Dragland was named the SEC Female Diver of the Week.

"We're very proud of Riley, Aaron and Carrie," Alabama head coach Eric McIlquham said. "We had a very good weekend with our first dual meet of the new year against Kentucky and we're looking forward to taking that success and continuing it on through the rest of the season."

It marked the fourth time this season that the Crimson Tide diving duo have earned the SEC honor and it was the first such honor for Boulden.

Boulden, the league's top ranked 100 breaststroker, led the way to a Crimson Tide victory over SEC rival Kentucky, with a trio of wins, taking first in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes, touching at 56.08 and 2:02.92, respectively, and the 200 IM with a 1:53.14. A native of Indianapolis, Boulden was dominant in the meet, winning the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM by more than a second and touching more than four seconds ahead of the field in the 200 breaststroke.

Dragland, who is from Woodinville, Wash., won the one-meter board by totaling 269.48 points and the three-meter after scoring 309.38 points against Kentucky. She out-pointed the field by 21 points off the one-meter board and 18 points off the three-meter.

Fleshner, a native of Spring, Texas, swept the diving events to help lift Alabama over Kentucky, scoring 356.48 to outpoint the field off the one-meter board, and 387.38 points to win the three-meter.

Alabama returns to action Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in the Alabama Aquatic Center against New Orleans. It will be Senior Day for the Crimson Tide and admission is free.