ACC Weekly Honors: Emma Weyant, Mert Kelavuz Lead Honorees

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Georgia Tech’s Mert Kilavuz has been selected the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Swimmer of the Week while his teammate Ruben Lechuga has been tabbed the ACC Diver of the Week. Virginia’s Emma Weyant earned ACC Women’s Swimmer of the Week honors, while Duke’s Margo O’Meara claimed ACC Diver of the Week laurels for the second straight week.

Kilavuz won all four of his events last week in Georgia Tech’s dual victories over North Carolina and Duke. On Friday against North Carolina, the freshman from Antalya, Turkey, won the 500 freestyle (4:28.91) and 1000 free (9:01.21). His 1000 free time was the second best in the nation last weekend and first in the ACC and also was eighth in the nation this season. He followed it up by capturing the 500 free (4:26.14) and 1650 free (15:32.96) in the Yellow Jackets’ win over Duke. His 500 free time at Duke was good for 10th in the nation over the weekend and first in the ACC, while his 1650 free time was the best time in the nation for the weekend and places him 10th in the nation for the year.

Lechuga won both springboard events in the Yellow Jackets’ team win at Duke Saturday. The junior from Tijuana, Mexico, recorded a score of 330.08 to capture a win in the 1-meter and recorded a career-best score of 391.13 in the 3-meter. Both scores met NCAA Zone standards.

Weyant won all three of her individual events in top-ranked Virginia’s dual-meet victory over No. 5 Texas. The freshman from Sarasota, Florida, set a UVA pool record and swam the fastest time in the NCAA this season to win the 400 IM in 4:05.68. She followed that up with a win in the 1000 free on the same day, swimming the second-fastest time in the country with a 9:42.71. On the second day of the dual, she won the 500 free to sweep the distance events with a time of 4:46.11, which ranks sixth in the NCAA. All three times met NCAA B standards.

For the second straight week, O’Meara won both springboard events. In the Blue Devils’ competition against Georgia Tech, the freshman from St. Louis, Missouri, notched a score of 319.50 in the 1-meter event and 348.98 in the 3-meter. She remained undefeated in the springboards through three meets this season.

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ACC Men’s Swimmer of the Week
Oct. 12 – Daniel Sos, Gr., Louisville
Oct. 19 – Nyls Korstanje, Jr., NC State
Oct. 26 – Caio Pumputis, Sr., Georgia Tech
Nov. 2 – Cole Reznick, Sr., Duke
Nov. 9 – Mert Kilavuz, Fr., Georgia Tech

ACC Men’s Diver of the Week
Oct. 12 – Jesco Helling, So., Florida State
Oct. 19 – Joshua Davidson, Sr., Florida State
Oct. 26 – Anton Down-Jenkins, Sr., North Carolina
Nov. 2 – Seamus Harding Jr., Fr., Duke
Nov. 9 – Ruben Lechuga, Jr., Georgia Tech

ACC Women’s Swimmer of the Week
Oct. 12 – Arina Openysheva, Gr., Louisville
Oct. 19 – Gretchen Walsh, Fr., Virginia
Oct. 26 – Katharine Berkoff, Jr., NC State
Nov. 2 – Yixuan Chang, Fr., Duke
Nov. 9 – Emma Weyant, Fr., Virginia

ACC Women’s Diver of the Week
Oct. 12 – Samantha Vear, So., Florida State
Oct. 19 – Kelly Straub, Gr., Notre Dame
Oct. 26 – Camryn Hidalgo, Sr., Georgia Tech
Nov. 2 – Margo O’Meara, Fr., Duke
Nov. 9 – Margo O’Meara, Fr., Duke
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