Big Swim From Emma Reaney Highlights National Swimmers of the Week

CARTHAGE, Wisconsin, February 26. AFTER she put up a big swim in the 200-yard breaststroke en route to an NCAA and American record, Notre Dame’s Emma Reaney toplined this week’s National Swimmers of the Week awards.

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Division I Women
The Women’s Division I Phillip Hunsaker Swimmer of the Week is Notre Dame Junior Emma Reaney. After winning three individual events with school, ACC and ACC meet record times to go along with her American record, the Lawrence, Kan., native was named the Most Valuable Female Swimmer of the meet one year after she was selected as the BIG EAST’s Most Outstanding Swimmer. Reaney posted a 1:54.92 200 IM, a 58.46 100 breast, and her new NCAA and American Record time of 2:04.34 in the 200 breast.

Division I Men
Winning the Phillip Hunsaker Men’s Division I Swimmer of the Week is Florida Redshirt Senior Sebastien Rousseau. Rousseau was awarded the SEC Commissioner’s Trophy for totaling the most points in the meet and was named the SEC Swimmer of the Year. Rousseau won three individual SEC titles, touching first in the 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley and 200 butterfly. Rousseau set the SEC record in the 200 butterfly in a time of 1:41.07. Rousseau becomes Florida’s 10th SEC Male Swimmer of the Year and the 12th recipient of the Commissioner’s Trophy. Rousseau finished in times of 1:41.07 200 fly, 1:33.23 200 free, and a 1:42.22 200 IM. He also participated in the winning 800 free relay and the second place 400 free relay. Rousseau achieved conference record times in the 200 fly and 800 free relay.

Division II Women
Winning the Women’s Division II Phillip Hunsaker Swimmer of the week is West Chester University Sophomore Kitty Fischer (Heidelberg, Germany). Kitty was named the PSAC Female Swimmer of the Meet. She was a four-time individual winner at the 2014 PSAC Championships and set a national record in the 200 Individual Medley on the first night of the meet. She posted times of 51.41 in the 100 free, 2:14.41 200 breast (3rd fastest in DII), 1:01.80 in the 100 breast (2nd fastest in DII), and 1:59.41 in the 200 IM (DII National Record), 56.08 100 back, and 1:49.70 200 free (4th fastest in DII).

Division II Men
Winning the Men’s Division II Phillip Hunsaker Swimmer of the week is West Chester University Freshman Victor Polyakov (Toganrog, Russia). Victor was named the PSAC Male Swimmer of the Meet. Polyakov was a four-time individual champion, who set a PSAC mark in the 200-yard freestyle on the first night of the championships, and set a PSAC record in the 1000 free as well. He swam times of 9:04.20 in the 1000 free (best in DII), 1:37.36 200 free, 4:27.31 500 free, 15:36.29 1650 free, and 44.77 in the 100 free.

Division III Women
Winning the Women’s Division III Philip Hunsaker is UW Whitewater Junior Amy Spaay (Neenah, WI). Spaay completed a sweep of the breaststroke events for the second straight year in the WIAC Championships. Both times were the fastest times posted in Division III this year. She swam a 1:01.87 in the 100 breast and a 2:16.22 in the 200 breast. She also swam a 2:09.61 in the 200 IM.

Division III Men
Winning the Women’s Division III Philip Hunsaker is Claremont Mudd Scripps Freshman Matthew Williams. Williams won two individual events and was on three winning relays to lead the Stags to their seventh straight SCIAC Championship. He set SCIAC records while winning the 100 (47.94) and 200 (1:45.67) backstrokes. He led off the winning 200 (1:30.71) and 400 (3:18.30) medley relays and swam the second leg of the winning 400 free relay. He also finished third in the 50 free (20.85).

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Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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