CARTHAGE, Wisconsin, March 5. WITH NCAA Division II and III both dealing with NCAA selections in the past week, CollegeSwimming.com only awarded National Swimmer of the Week awards to Division I athletes this week. It wound up being a pretty easy selection with California’s Missy Franklin and Florida State’s Pavel Sankovich running roughshod at their conference meets.
Special thanks to CollegeSwimming.com for the following award snippets:
Division I Women
Congratulations to Pac-12 Most Valuable Swimmer of the Championship and Philip Hunsaker CollegeSwimming.com Women’s Division I Swimmer of the Week, Missy Franklin (Centennial, Co). Missy won three individual events, two in meet record times, while also contributing to the winning 400 medley, 400 free and 800 free relays, and the 200 medley relay which won silver. Franklin won the 500 free in a time of 4:35.73, the 200 free in a meet record 1:42.29, and the 100 free in a meet record 47.17.
Division I Men
Winning the Philip Hunsaker CollegeSwimming.com Men’s Division I Swimmer of the Week is Florida State University’s Pavel Sankovich. The senior from Hronda, Belarus won the 200 IM (1:41.92), 100 fly (45.12) and 100 back (45.83) races while helping the Noles to gold in the 400 medley relay (45.31 backstroke leadoff) and silver in the 400 free and 200 medley relays (21.05 backstroke leadoff). Every race except the 400 free and 200 medley relays was a new ACC meet, Conference and FSU record. Congratulations as this is also the second consecutive year he has won the most valuable swimmer in the ACC.