Big Ten Men’s Weekly Honors: Steele Johnson, Kaelan Freund, Ryan Lawrence

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Penn State’s Kaelan Freund, Purdue’s Steele Johnson and Ryan Lawrence claimed Big Ten weekly awards


Swimmer of the Week

Kaelan Freund, Penn State

So. – Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada – Chinook

  • Recorded an NCAA B Standard qualifying time in the 100 breaststroke (54.20), the fastest 100 breaststroke time in the nation this season
  • Placed first in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke (2:00.34), as well as the 200 IM (1:49.71) and the 200 medley relay (1:28.91) in Penn State’s dual meet against Virginia
  • Earns his first career Swimmer of the Week honor
  • Last Penn State Swimmer of the Week: Shane Ryan (Jan. 25, 2017)


Diver of the Week

Steele Johnson, Purdue

Jr. – Carmel, Ind. – Laurel Springs

  • Earned two first place finishes in Purdue’s dual meet at Miami (Ohio)
  • Recorded NCAA zone qualifying marks in the 1- and 3-meter events scoring 321.30 and 344.78, respectively
  • Earns his 13th Diver of the Week award and the first of the season
  • Last Purdue Diver of the Week: Steele Johnson (Jan. 25, 2017)


Freshman of the Week

Ryan Lawrence, Purdue

Birmingham, Mich. – Seaholm

  • Place first in all three of his events in the Boilermaker’s dual against Miami (Ohio)
  • Won the 50 freestyle in 21.40, and took first in the 200 medley relay (1:32.08) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:05.07)
  • Earns his first Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Brandon Loschiavo (Dec. 23, 2016)



2017-18 Big Ten Men’s Swimmer/Diver of the Week
Oct. 4
S: Jacob Montague, So., MICH
D: Jake Herremans, So., MICH
F: Ross Todd, MICH


Oct. 11

S: Joe Myhre, So., IOWA

D/F: Anton Hoherz, IOWA


Oct. 18

S: Kaelan Freund, So., PSU
D: Steele Johnson, Jr., PUR
F: Ryan Lawrence, PUR


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Author: Daniel D'Addona

Dan D'Addona is the lead college swim writer for Swimming World. He has covered swimming at all levels since 2003, including the NCAA championships, USA nationals, Duel in the Pool and Olympic trials. He is a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and a graduate of Central Michigan University. He currently lives in Holland, Michigan, where he also is the Sports Editor at The Holland Sentinel.

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