College Aquatic Sports Athletes of the Week Roundup: More Conferences Wrap Up Dual Meet Season

PHOENIX, Arizona, February 11. MORE college swim teams put a bow on their dual meet season with in-state and conference matchups before turning toward the conference championships. A few swimmers performed well enough to earn weekly awards from their prospective conferences.

Atlantic Coast
Male Swimmer of the Week: Nathan Hoisington, Virginia Tech

Hoisington posted his fastest 100 breaststroke of the season last weekend at the Virginia Tech Invite, posting a 54.89 to secure the win in the event. He also won the 200 breast with a 2:02.79.

Female Swimmer of the Week: Leah Smith, Virginia
Leah Smith’s 1000 freestyle time of 9:33.29 in the dual meet against Pitt was not only a school record but the fastest time in the nation this season.

Male Diver of the Week: J.B. Kolod, Virginia
Kolod helped the Cavaliers handily defeat Pitt with wins in both diving events. On the 3-meter springboard, he set a team record with 428.10 points, while scoring 379.93 points on the 1-meter.

Female Diver of the Week: Emily Howard, Clemson
Howard set a school record on the 3-meter springboard in the tri-meet against James Madison and Davidson, earning 319.50 for the victory.

Big 10
Male Swimmer of the Week: Eric Ress, Indiana

Swimming against Purdue, Ress was impressive in winning 200 free (1:37.68) and 200 back (1:42.97), as well as a runner-up finish in the 500 free. Ress 200 back time was his fastest dual meet swim of the season.

Female Swimmer of the Week: Ali DeLoof, Michigan
DeLoof showed off her versatility with wins in the 50 free (23.45) and 200 back (2:01.07) during the in-state matchup with Michigan State.

Male Diver of the Week: Darian Schmidt, Indiana
Schmidt has won both springboard events multiple times through the season, and he added another sweep last weekend against Purdue.

Female Diver of the Week: Carey Chen, Michigan
Chen won the 1-meter springboard event with 299.78 points and was second on 3-meter (317.93) in the dual meet against Michigan State.

Male Freshman of the Week: Eric Sande, Minnesota
At the Minnesota Challenge last weekend, Sande showed off his range, winning the 100 breast with a 55.09 and the 500 free with a 4:27.99.

Female Freshman of the Week: Maddie Hoch, Minnesota
The Pennsylvania native won the 100 backstroke in the Minnesota Challenge and was third in the 100 butterfly.

Conference USA
Female Swimmer of the Week: Lauren Chew, East Carolina

Chew took top honors in the 500 freestyle, setting the Minges Natatorium season record with a time of 4:59.53 against Campbell.

Female Diver of the Week: Colleen Jones, East Carolina
Jones won the both the one- and three-meter diving competitions in a dual meet with Campbell. The senior posted a score of 234.52 in the one-meter event, edging second place by 0.75 points. In the three-meter dive, Jones earned a score of 268.73 points.

Horizon League
Male Swimmer of the Week: Willem Poelmans, Green Bay

Poelmans picked up the only win for Green Bay in the dual meet against Wisconsin, taking the 200 IM in 1:52.32, breaking his home pool’s record by eight tenths of a second.

Female Swimmer of the Week: Emily McClellan, Milwaukee
The senior broke her own pool record in the 100 breaststroke taking first-place with a time of 1:00.74. In the 200 freestyle, she collected another first-place finish with a career-best time of 1:52.65.

Male Diver of the Week: K.J. Heger, Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Heger collected the diving League honor for the fourth-straight week and eighth time this year. Diving against Wisconsin, the junior won the 3-meter for the eighth time this season compiling a score of 358.42.

Female Diver of the Week: Rachel Margis, Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Margis tallied two second-place finishes in diving competition while taking on Wisconsin in dual-meet action last weekend.

Mid-American
Male Swimmer of the Week: Jacob Prodoehl, Miami University

The sophomore earned an individual win in the 100 freestyle with a time of 47.83 and was part of both winning relays.

Female Swimmer of the Week: Addison Ferguson, Ohio University
Ferguson won four individual events against Xavier and Miami. She won the sprint freestyles against Xavier (24.98, 53.63) and the backstrokes against Miami (55.64, 2:04.27).

Summit League
Male Swimmer of the Week: Blake Yeager, South Dakota State

The junior clocked a 1650 free time of 16:19.80 to take at the Minnesota Challenge. He also finished eighth in the 200 free (1:44.85).

Female Swimmer of the Week: Andrea Budahl, South Dakota State
The senior won the 500 free at the Minnesota Challenge with a 5:07.01. She also claimed a runner-up finish in the 200 fly (2:07.63) and took fourth in the 200 free (1:54.65).

Male Diver of the Week: Clark Kocourek, South Dakota State
The senior took third in the three-meter dive with a score of 314.25 and finished sixth in the one meter (298.20).

Female Diver of the Week: Greysen Hertting, South Dakota
Hertting claims her 10th Diver of the Week honor this season after winning the one-meter dive at the Minnesota Challenge. The freshman finished first in the one meter with 245.10 points.

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Author: Jeff Commings

Jeff Commings is the host of several shows on SwimmingWorld.TV, including "The Morning Swim Show," which features interviews with people making headlines in aquatic sports. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism and was a nine-time NCAA All-American.

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