BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference announced its annual men’s swimming & diving awards to cap the 2018-19 season on Wednesday. Robert Finke, Kieran Smith, and Anthony Nesty paced the Gators in the post-season award list.

Finke and Smith both earned the SEC Freshman Swimmer of the Year for their spectacular performances at the SEC Championships. Finke was the SEC Champion in the 400 IM and 1,650 Free. Smith was the champion in the 200 IM, was a member of the 800 Free Relay that won the SEC title, and finished second in the 400 IM.

Nesty won an SEC Championship and continued the Florida winning streak to seven straight, which led to his SEC Male Swimming Coach of the Year award. During his first season as head coach he tallied four individual SEC Champions and one relay. The Gators also had five swimmers make First-Team All-SEC, six swimmers earned Second-Team All-SEC, and had five freshman claim All-Freshman team honors.

Finke collected First-Team All-SEC honors in the 400 IM and 1,650 Free. Smith picked up a First-Team All-SEC nod in the 200 IM and Maxime Rooney added a first-team accolade in the 100 Fly. The squad of Rooney, Smith, Trey Freeman, and Khader Baqlah claimed first-team honors with their combined effort in the 800 Free Relay. First team consists of the top finisher in each event at the SEC Championships.

Clark Beach, Will Davis, Marco Guarente, Bayley Main, Grant Sanders, and Kacper Stokowski all earned Second-Team All-SEC. Second team consists of the second- and third-place finishers in each event.

Clark Beach – 200 Back
Will Davis – 200 Free Relay, 200 Medley Relay
Marco Guarente – 100 Breast, 200 Medley Relay
Bayley Main – 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay
Grant Sanders – 200 Breast, 400 IM
Kacper Stokowski – 100 back, 200 Medley Relay

Davis, Finke, Freeman, Smith and Stokowski also earned spots on the SEC All-Freshman Team list for their efforts throughout the championships. The All-Freshman Team consists of any redshirt or true freshman who finished either in the top eight or is the highest scoring freshman of each event at the SEC Championships, excluding relay events.

All-SEC First Team

  • Khader Baqlah
  • Robert Finke
  • Trey Freeman
  • Maxime Rooney
  • Kieran Smith

All-SEC Second Team

  • Clark Beach
  • Will Davis
  • Marco Guarente
  • Bailey Main
  • Grant Sanders
  • Kacper Stokowski
  • All-Freshman Team
  • Will Davis
  • Robert Finke
  • Trey Freeman
  • Kieran Smith
  • Kacper Stokowski