Gators’ Maxime Rooney Named SEC Freshman of the Week

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – After his performance at the AT&T Winter National Championships last weekend, Maxime Rooney has received the SEC Male Freshman of the Week honor, the Southeastern Conference announced Tuesday.

Competing alongside collegiate, age group and Olympic swimmers, Rooney won the national championship in the 200 free at 1:34.73. His time stands as an NCAA B-cut and, according to USA Swimming, ranks first (as of Nov. 28) among all male swimmers age 18 and under in the event in 2016. Rooney is also ranked seventh in the 200 free among all male Division I swimmers.

WATCH: Maxime Rooney‘s 200 free national championship win:

Rooney also placed sixth in the 200 IM A-final at 1:48.14 and first in the 100 free B-final at 43.71. Both times are NCAA B-cuts. He additionally finished seventh in the 200 back prelims at 1:45.44 but scratched the finals.

The list of SEC weekly honor recipients for Week 8 is as follows:
Male Swimmer of the Week: Chase Kalisz, Georgia
Male Diver of the Week: Scott Lazeroff, Auburn
Male Freshman of the Week: Maxime Rooney, Florida
Female Swimmer of the Week: Olivia Smoliga, Georgia
Female Diver of the Week: Lizzie Cui, LSU
Female Freshman of the Week: Veronica Burchill, Georgia