Blake Pieroni, Racheal Bukowski Named Big Ten Swimmers of the Week

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The Big Ten conference has announced its weekly award-winners, including swimmers of the week Blake Pieroni and Rachael Bukowski. Read more about all winners below.

Female Swimmer of the Week
Racheal Bukowski, Michigan State
Sr. – Crown Point, Ind. – Crown Point

  • Recorded eight first place finishes for the Spartans over the weekend
  • Took first in the 50 (23.37) and 100 (50.84) freestyle in two meets, extending her winning streak in the 50 freestyle to five consecutive wins and in the 100 freestyle to four consecutive wins
  • Earns her first career Swimmer of the Week honor
  • Last Michigan State Swimmer of the Week: Jenny Rusch (Dec. 13, 2011)

Female Diver of the Week
Jessica Parratto, Indiana 
Jr. – Dover, N.H.

  • Won both the 1-meter (309.50) and 3-meter (348.15) diving events
  • Posted NCAA zone qualifying scores for both events
  • Earns her sixth career Diver of the Week award and the second of the season
  • Last Indiana Diver of the Week: Jessica Parratto (Oct. 25, 2017)

Female Freshman of the Week
Olivia Chick, Michigan State
Yellow Springs, Ohio – Yellow Springs

  • Helped Ohio State win the 200 and 400 freestyle relay and placed second in the 100 and 200 freestyle
  • Her second place finish in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:53.56 is a personal season-best
  • Earns her first career Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Michigan State Freshman of the Week: Elizabeth Brown (Oct. 2, 2012)

Male Swimmer of the Week
Blake Pieroni, Indiana
Sr. – Valparaiso, Ind. – Chesterton

  • Placed first in the 100 (43.17) and 200 (1:47.07) freestyle as well as helped his team to a first place finish in the 200 medley relay
  • Recorded NCAA B Standard qualifying times in both individual events
  • Earns his eighth career Swimmer of the Week honor and the second of the season
  • Last Indiana Swimmer of the Week: Blake Pieroni (Nov. 1, 2017)

Male Diver of the Week
Christo Law, Ohio State
Jr. – San Antonio, Texas – Marshall

  • Swept three titles at the inaugural Minnesota Diving Invitational over the weekend, posting zone qualifying scores in the 1-meter (333.60), 3-meter (395.60) and platform (384.60) events
  • Posted the top score in the nation on the platform and no other diver recorded a higher score than him in any phase of the meet
  • Earns his first Diver of the Week award
  • Last Ohio State Diver of the Week: Colin Zeng (Nov. 16, 2016)

Male Freshman of the Week
Guy Moskovich, Michigan State
Haifa, Israel – ORT kiryat motzKin

  • Won the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 9:32.78, a personal season-best
  • Placed third in the 500 free, contributing points to the team, clocking in at 4:44.73
  • Earns his first Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Michigan State Freshman of the Week: Scott Piper (Oct. 5, 2016)

Press release courtesy of the Big Ten.



  1. avatar
    Katy Dean

    Geez gang, so Olivia, Freshman of the Week from MSU, “helped Ohio State win…” ??? Fairly epic typo here. I vote that gets fixed, for Olivia’s own “keepsake” reasons and well, it’s just, well, it’s a Michigan BIG TEN team vs. Ohio State.

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