Sweeney, Three Tigers Earn SEC Honors

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April 10, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Mizzou Diving Head Coach Jamie Sweeney was named the Southeastern Conference Co-Men's Diving Coach of the Year, the league announced on Thursday. Sweeney's honor marks the second straight season he claimed the award. Additionally, three Tigers were honored as the SEC announced its 2014 All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman Teams.

Receiving honors were senior diver David Bonuchi (Columbia, Mo.), sophomore diver Lauren Reedy (Richland Hills, Mich.) and freshman swimmer Ellie Suek (Eden Prairie, Minn). Bonuchi and Reedy claimed spots on the All-SEC second team, while Suek was an All-Freshman Team honoree.

Sweeney, in his 10th year as Mizzou's diving coach, shared Co-Men's Diving Coach of the Year honors with Auburn's Jeff Shaffer. The award marked Sweeney's third coach of the year selection, as he took home SEC Men's Diving Coach of the Year honors in 2013 and was named the Big 12 Conference Women's Diving Coach of the Year in 2011. In 2014, Missouri's two male divers, Bonuchi and sophomore Clark Thomas, earned berths to the NCAA Championships. At the meet, the duo combined for two first team and two honorable mention All-America accolades.

Bonuchi earned a spot on the All-SEC second team after a third-place finish on the 1-meter at the 2014 SEC Championships. The senior recently capped his Missouri career as the most decorated Tiger in program history, with 10 All-America first team selections (in 12 opportunities). At the 2014 NCAA Championships, Bonuchi concluded his collegiate career with finishes of fourth on both 1-meter and platform. Last season as a junior, he took home 2013 SEC Male Diver of the Year honors and was a member of the All-SEC first team.

 

 

Also earning a spot on the 2014 All-SEC second team was Reedy, who claimed her spot with a second-place showing on 1-meter at the SEC Championships. The sophomore also qualified for her first NCAA Championships in 2014 after a third-place finish on the 1-meter at the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships. Reedy also earned SEC honors in 2013, when she earned a spot on the All-Freshman Team.

As the top freshman finisher in the 400 IM at the SEC Championships, Suek claimed her spot on the All-Freshman Team. She qualified for the consolation final in the event and finished 11th in a school record time of 4:12.85, which was almost three full seconds faster than her preliminary swim. Following her freshman campaign, Suek also ranks seventh at Mizzou in the 200 IM (2:00.74).

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