Four Gators Receive 2016 Postseason Accolades


By Benjamin Schmitz

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Four members from the University of Florida men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs have gathered Southeastern Conference postseason accolades. The SEC announced their annual swimming & diving awards on Wednesday to cap the 2015-16 season.

Sophomore Caeleb Dressel and senior Kahlia Warner were named the Men’s Swimmer of the Year and the Women’s Diver of the Year. In addition, Florida Head Coach Gregg Troy was named the Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year while Head Diving Coach Dale Schultz gathered the Women’s Diving Coach of the Year.

Caeleb Dressel
Photo: | David Owens

Dressel was named the Male Swimmer of the Year following a remarkable sophomore season comprised of American, NCAA and world records in both the 50 free (18.20) and 100 free (40.46) at the 2016 NCAA Championships last month, topping his own records that he set at the 2016 SEC Championships in February to help the Gators win their fourth consecutive and 37th overall conference title.

Kahlia Warner

Warner was chosen as the Female Diver of the Year after sweeping both the 1-meter (346.10) and 3-meter (383.75) at the SEC Championships this season. She earned a third-place finish in the 3-meter and a sixth-place finish in the 1-meter at the 2016 NCAA Championships.

Troy was voted the Men’s Swimming Coach of the Year after leading the Gators to the program’s fourth consecutive and 37th overall SEC Championship title in February, as well as a third-place finish at this year’s NCAA Championships. The recognition marks the fourth straight and seventh overall SEC Coach of the Year honor for Troy.

Schultz was selected as the Women’s Diving Coach of the Year. It marks his first honor at Florida and second of his career. The recognition comes after coaching Warner to first-place finishes off the 1-meter and 3-meter events at this year’s SEC Championships. In addition, Schultz guided the Australian diver to two All-American honors after placing third (3-Meter) and sixth (1-Meter) off the springboards at the NCAA Championships.