Marsh, Gerlach Honored

Following a sweep of the NCAA Championships, two Tigers won SEC awards.

Auburn, Ala.--Following Auburn's fourth consecutive national title in Men's Swimming and Diving, head coach David Marsh was honored as the SEC Men's Swimming Coach of the Year. Corey Gerlach, who was a key part of the women's fourth national title in five years, was also honored by the league as the SEC Women's Freshman Diver of the Year.

Marsh, who has won the league award four straight years, has a combined 10 national titles between the men's and women's teams and eight in the last five years.

Gerlach, in her first season at Auburn out of Upper Arlington, Ohio, is the first ever freshman female diver at Auburn to qualify for the national championships. She finished in third place on the 3-meter dive with a score of 365.65, a school record.

"This is a huge honor," Gerlach says. "It is a compliment to me to receive this award especially since other coaches in our conference were the ones who voted the winner. This has been an exciting first year for me and I look forward to three more awesome seasons."

Co-women's head coach Dorsey Tierney-Walker and Marsh at the 2006 NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga.

Men's Awards
SEC Swimmer of the Year - Ryan Lochte, Florida
SEC Diver of the Year - Chris Colwill, Georgia
SEC Freshman Swimmer of the Year - Bradley Ally, Florida
SEC Freshman Diver of the Year - Nathan Schreiber, LSU
SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year - Vlad Polyakov, Alabama
SEC Swimming Coach of the Year - David Marsh, Auburn
SEC Diving Coach of the Year - Dan Laak, Georgia

Women's Awards
SEC Swimmer of the Year - Kara Lynn Joyce, Georgia
SEC Diver of the Year - Taryn Ignacio, Kentucky
SEC Freshman Swimmer of the Year - Jessie Cole, Georgia
SEC Freshman Diver of the Year - Corey Gerlach, Auburn
SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year - Vipa Bernhardt, Florida
SEC Swimming Coach of the Year - Jack Baeurle, Georgia
SEC Diving Coach of the Year - Mike Lyden, Kentucky


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