Abbey Weitzeil and Andrew Seliskar Named Pac-12 Swimmers of the Month

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SAN FRANCISCO –The Conference office announced today that Abbey Weitzeil of CALIFORNIA was named Pac-12 Women’s Swimmer of the Month and UCLA’s Maria Polyakova was voted Pac-12 Women’s Diver of the Month for November.

Weitzeil (Saugus, Calif.) totaled 12 first-place finishes, split between individual and relay races, over California’s two dual meets and one invitational during the month of November. The junior recorded a pool record with a time of 49.42 in the 100-yard freestyle enroot to the Golden Bears’ 158-95 victory at Washington State. In the dual meet against Texas, Weitzeil tied her own Cal dual-meet record clocking in at 22.04 in the 50-yard freestyle and then went on to claim the 100 free in 48.70. She anchored both the 200 medley with a 21.52 split time and the 200 free relay to record two wins as the Golden Bears fell 163-137 to the Longhorns. Her biggest accomplishment came at the Georgia Invitational when she set a school record in the 100 free at 46.49 with the fastest time in the country this year. While closing out the three-day meet with a 46.66 anchor leg split in the 400 free relay that finished with a time of 3:11.14, she earned an NCAA A qualifying time in all four relays as Cal finished third with 827.5 total points.

Maria Polyakova (Moscow, Russia) helped UCLA win two dual meets in which she competed in during the month of November, recording three first-places finishes and one runner-up finish. In UCLA’s 161-139 win over Arizona, Polyakova was the top diver of the meet taking first in the 100 meter (310.88) and second in the 300 meter (265.28). The senior set a school record in the 100-meter with a score of 355.50, a mark that stands as a pool and meet record to lift the Bruins to a 160-140 win against Arizona State. Since that weekend, Polyakova has been training with the Russian National Team where she finished fourth in 300-meter (266.30) at the 2018 FINA Diving Grand Prix Gold Coast.

ALSO NOMINATED
Swimmer: Hannah Cox, ARIZ; Chloe Isleta, ASU; Ella Eastin, STAN; Aryanna Fernandes, UTAH; Mackenzie Duarte, WSU
Diver: Delaney Schnell, ARIZ; Ashley McCool, ASU; Caroline Sculti, STAN; Emma Ruchala, UTAH

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SAN FRANCISCO – The Conference office announced today that Andrew Seliskar of CALIFORNIA was named Pac-12 Men’s Swimmer of the Month and USC’s Henry Fusaro was voted Pac-12 Men’s Diver of the Month for November.

Seliskar (McLean, Va.) dominated at the Georgia Fall Invitational in November, helping Cal defend its title at the competition in Athens, Ga. The senior won the 200 individual medley and the 200 breaststroke, in addition to winning three relays while achieving six NCAA “A” qualifying times. His 200 free time of 1:30.86 as the leadoff leg of Cal’s 800 free relay set a program record and is the third-fastest mark in NCAA history. Seliskar, along with teammates Michael JensenRyan Hoffer, and Pawel Sendyk, finished the meet by winning the 400 free relay and setting the top time (2:48.44) in the nation this year. This is Seliskar’s second-career monthly honor and the 15th all-time monthly swimming accolade for the Bears, the most of any Pac-12 program.

Fusaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.) earned first place in eight of the nine events he competed in this November, only finishing second in the platform event at the Trojan Diving Invitational at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center in Los Angeles, Calif. on Nov. 9. The junior won the 1-meter (729.45) and 3-meter (755.60) at the invitational, the second-straight year he won both events at the meet in his home pool. Fusaro set a personal-best score on the 1-meter (402.25) to win the event at the Utah Invitational, while also taking first place in the 3-meter (427.80). This marks his second-career monthly honor and the ninth all-time monthly diving accolade for the Trojans.

ALSO NOMINATED:
Swimmer: Brooks Fail, ARIZ; Zach Poti, ASU; Jack LeVant, STAN; Patrick Mulcare, USC; Daniel McArthur.
Diver: Casey Ponton, ARIZ; David Hoffer, ASU; Connor Callahan, CAL; Noah Vigran, STAN; Daniel Theriault, UTAH.

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