David Curtiss, Gretchen Walsh Garner ACC Swimmer of the Week Nods

David Curtiss; Photo Courtesy: NC State Athletics

David Curtiss, Gretchen Walsh Garner ACC Swimmer of the Week Nods

NC State’s David Curtiss and Gretchen Walsh of Virginia earned ACC Swimmer of the Week honors, released by the conference on Tuesday.

Curtiss’s teammate Bayne Bennett shared the men’s diver of the week honor with North Carolina’s Anton Down-Jenkins. UNC also picked up the women’s diver of the week via Aranza Vazquez.

Curtiss earned his first ACC weekly honor. The sophomore sprinter won the 50 freestyle in 19.28 seconds over the weekend, as the Wolfpack topped Virginia and UNC in a tri-meet. Curtiss’s time is the fastest in the conference this season. He also won the 100 free, lead off NC State’s A cut 200 free relay with a 19.33 and anchored the winning 200 medley relay.

Walsh tallied six A cut times for the top-ranked Cavaliers. Her time of 50.07 in the 100 backstroke off the front of the winning 400 medley relay was the fastest time in the nation this season. The sophomore also won the 50 free and was on winning 200 free, 200 medley and 400 free relays for Virginia.

Bennett posted the best score in the ACC this season on 1-meter at 368.70 in the meet with Virginia and North Carolina. The senior also set a personal best with 372.25 points on 3-meter, the fourth-best score in the conference this season.

Down-Jenkins is the diver of the week for the second time this season. The New Zealand native set the best score in the NCAA this season 3-meter with 461.05 points. That set the UNC record by 11 points, improving his record. He also finished second on 1-meter at 360.35.

Vazquez is the ACC diver of the week for the fourth time this season. The senior from Mexico swept both diving events in the tri-meet. Like Down-Jenkins, she set a UNC program record on 3-meter with an NCAA-leading score of 409.60. She’s the only diver to crack the 400-point mark in the event this season. Vazquez also scored 319 points on 1-meter.

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1 year ago

Youssef was 19.09 in the 50 free at Penn State and swam the top time in the 100 Butterfly of 44.76.

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