CARTHAGE, Wisconsin, October 30. THIS week, CollegeSwimming.com selected the best of the best when it came to individual swimmers at all three NCAA divisional levels with Texas A&M's Breeja Larson holding top billing with her strong meet against rival Texas.
Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
Courtesy of: Peter H. Bick
Division I Women
The Counsilman-Hunsaker CollegeSwimming.com Division I female swimmer of the week is Texas A&M Senior Breeja Larson (Mesa, AZ). Her points were extremely valuable in the 152-148 victory over the rival Longhorns. Larson won the 100 breaststroke in 59.23 and the 200 breaststroke in 2:10.22, and also contributed a third-place finish in the 200 IM in 2:03.84. She also contributed to the winning 200 medley relay with a breaststroke leg of 27.28 (1:39.91). Larson is a multiple-time CollegeSwimming.com Swimmer of the Week.
Division I Men
Sean Grier, a Hummelstown, PA native and Senior for the Nittany Lions earned the Counsilman-Hunsaker CollegeSwimming.com men's Division I swimmer of the week with a strong showing against West Virginia in PSU's opening meet of the season. Grier picked up where he left off from last season, the second team All-Big Ten selection showed his diversity by winning the 100 backstroke with a mark of 48.30 and then touched the wall first in the 100 butterfly in 48.10. He also contributed to the winning 200 medley relay swimming the fly (21.24/1:29.27).
Division II Women
Queens University of Charlotte Sophomore Caroline Arakelian (Livonia, Mich) is the Counsilman-Hunsaker CollegeSwimming.com Division II female swimmer of the week. Arakelian lead the Royals to a convincing victory over Gardner-Webb in their new home this past weekend. She placed first in the 200 IM (2:04.42) posting the top time in Division II so far this year, and the 200 back (2:01.47), another event where she holds the top time. Arakelian is also a multiple-time award winner of the collegeswimming.com swimmer of the week.
Division II Men
Lewis University freshman Victor Tarin (Godelleta, Valencia, Spain/IES Conselleria) has been named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Men's Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week and the Counsilman-Hunsaker CollegeSwimming.com men's Division II swimmer of the week. On Friday (Oct 18) against Missouri S&T, Tarin broke the Lewis program and pool record, as well as registered a NCAA B cut time in the 200-yard freestyle (1:40.87), which he set originally on September 30 at the Lewis Alumni Meet. He also won in the 100-yard butterfly (50.97). Tarin closed out the meet with a time of 1:40.70 as the anchor leg of the 800-yard freestyle relay that posted a pool record 6:53.04, besting the previous mark of 6:54.11. The next day, Tarin again lowered his NCAA B cut time in the 200-yard freestyle to 1:40.14. He won and collected a NCAA B cut time in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 45.85. Tarin was the lead leg in the pool record-breaking 400-yard freestyle relay (46.08), breaking the record of 3:09.11 set on January 15, 2011.
Division III Women
Newsum-Schoenberg won three events during the Emory Eagles' season-opening dual meet on Saturday afternoon. The junior opened the meet with a win the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:33.62. She also claimed victories with times of 2:09.75 in the 200-yard butterfly, and 5:10.47 in the 500-yard freestyle. The two-time all-American wrapped up the meet with an eighth-place finish as a part of the Eagles' 200-yard freestyle 'D' relay, swimming the fastest leg of the relay with a split of 25.36, en route to a relay time of 1:44.20. It marked the second time that Newsum-Schoenberg has been named the UAA Athlete of the Week, and her first time as Counsilman-Hunsaker CollegeSwimming.com Division III women's swimmer of the week.
Division III Men
Alex Anderson (Vienna, VA) is the men's Division III Counsilman-Hunsaker swimmer of the week for CollegeSwimming.com. Anderson, a former NCAA Champion and record holder in the 400 IM paced the University of Mary Washington against Washington and Lee with two individual victories in the 100 fly (49.74), the 200 fly (1:51.86), as well as a second place finish in the 200 medley swimming the breaststroke leg (26.52/1:36.29) and leading of the winning 400 free relay (46.78/3:13.28).
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