Fresh Faces Top National Swimmer of the Week Awards

CARTHAGE, Wisconsin, February 19. PLENTY of new faces adorned the National Swimmers of the Week awards this week.

Special thanks to for providing the following snippets on their award winners!

Division I Women
The Women’s Division I Philip Hunsaker Swimmer of the Week is University of New Hampshire Junior Katie Mann (Prince George, British Colombia). Mann set three new meet and America East Conference open records over the weekend, while winning two events. Mann won the 200 IM in a time of 1:59.12, more than a second faster than the previous record. She also won the 400 IM, breaking her own record by nearly a second (4:14.10). Finally in a time trial she shattered the 200 breaststroke record by nearly 2 seconds, clocking a 2:10.30. Mann was also on the winning America East Conference breaking 400 medley relay.

Division I Men
Zach Bunner (Marietta, Ga), a UVA Freshman is the Philip Hunsaker Men’s Division I Swimmer of the Week. Bunner picked up two event wins at the Cavalier Invite Feb. 14-15, including the 200 fly and the 100 back. His time of 48.09 in the 100 back ranks as the 10th-fastest mark on UVa’s all-time list and as the eighth-fastest time in the conference this year. His time of 1:46.58 in the 200 fly ranks 11th in the ACC this year.

Division II Women
Wayne State Senior Kayla Scott (Rochester, Mich) is the Philip Hunsaker Division II Women’s Swimmer of the Week. At the GLIAC Championships Scott broke a NCAA Division II National Record in the 100 breast, finishing in a time of 1:01.33. Additionally, Scott posted impressive times in the 200 IM (2:04.53), 100 fly (57.19), and 200 breast (2:16.86). In relay action she contributed to the winning 200 medley relay (1:42.72), the winning 200 free relay which set a new meet record (1:32.84) leading off in an impressive 23.82, the winning and meet record setting 400 medley relay (3:44.17).

Division II Men
Winning the Philip Hunsaker Men’s Division II Swimmer of the Week is Ashland Freshman Philipp Sikatzki. Philipp was also named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Meet. Philipp won three individual even, two in both meet and conference record times. Breaking Conference Records, he won the 100 fly (47.24), 100 back (47.10), while also posting an impressive win in the 50 free (20.21). He also competed on the second place 200 free relay, the third place 400 medley relay, the second place 400 free relay, and the third place 200 medley relay.

Division III Women
The Philip Hunsaker Women’s Division III Swimmer of the Week is Johns Hopkins Senior Taylor Kitayama (Boulder, Co). At the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships Taylor placed third in the 200 IM (2:03.95), second in the 100 back (54.51), and second in the 200 back (1:58.59), finishing behind Division II record setter Caroline Arakelian (1:56.40). Taylor also contributed to some JHU relays, leading off the winning 200 medley relay in an impressive 25.72 (1:42.24), the second place 400 medley relay (3:47.08), and the winning 800 free relay (7:23.72).

Division III Men
The Men’s Division III Philip Hunsaker Swimmer of the Week is TCNJ Senior Stephen Tarnowski. At the 2014 Metropolitan Collegiate Championships the Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol open water swimmer was second in the 500 free (4:31.55), first in the 200 free (1:38.16), and fourth in the 200 backstroke (1:51.24) while posting a 1:50.37 in the preliminaries. He also contributed to the second place 800 free relay (6:42.42), and lead off the second place 400 free relay (2:59.38) in a time of 45.33.