Patrick Mulcare, Taylor McCoy Earn Pac-12 Weekly Honors

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The Pac-12 Conference office announced that Patrick Mulcare of USC was named Pac-12 Men’s Swimmer of the Week and Stanford’s Conor Casey was voted Pac-12 Men’s Diver of the Week.

Men’s Swimmer of the Week: Patrick Mulcare, Sr., USC (Tigard, Ore.)
Mulcare posted a trio of victories to lead the Trojans to a win over Minnesota and maintain a perfect 4-0 record so far this season. The senior won the 100y back in 48.20 then glided to first in the 200y back in 1:48.61 on Jan. 18 at USC’s Uytengsu Aquatics Center. He edged out his third win in as many events in the 200y individual medley with a time of 1:50.20, beating a Minnesota swimmer by just two-tenths of a second. The four-time All-American currently holds the nation’s top time in the 200y backstroke and secured an NCAA ‘A’ cut with a time of 1:38.91 at the Texas Hall of Fame Invitational on Dec. 1. This marks Mulcare’s first weekly or monthly Pac-12 swimming honor.

Men’s Diver of the Week: Conor Casey, Fr., Stanford (Annandale, Va.)
Casey placed first in both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards to help Stanford sweep Pacific in all 13 events and secure the dual meet victory on Jan. 11 at Stanford’s Avery Aquatic Center. The freshman diver won the 1-meter with a score of 358.73 before posting a stellar score of 392.70 to win the 3-meter event. Casey also had a strong showing at the UCLA Diving Invitational this past weekend. He placed first in the 3-meter with a score of 415.65, 22.85 points better than any other competitor, and added a second-place finish on the 1-meter springboard (705.60). The promising freshman earns his first-career Pac-12 diving weekly or monthly honor.

ALSO NOMINATED:
Swimmer: Will Macmillan, Stanford.
Diver: Connor Callahan, Cal; Tony Chen, UTAH.

The Conference office announced today that Taylor McCoy of Washington State was named Pac-12 Women’s Swimmer of the Week and UCLA’s Maria Polyakova was voted Pac-12 Women’s Diver of the Week.

WOMEN’S SWIMMER OF THE WEEK: Taylor McCoy, So., Washington State (Pullman, Wash.)
McCoy won all three of her individual events to earn 27 points and competed in a relay victory in Washington State’s 150-107 loss at No. 14 Arizona. The sophomore won both the 100 and 200 backstroke at times of 57.26 and 2:02.99, respectively, and touched the wall at 4:25.58 to take home first in the 400 individual medley. She swam the opening leg of the 400 medley relay alongside teammates Mackenzie Duarte, Emily Barrier, and Keiana Fountaine, that clocked in at 3:45.64 to secure first place. McCoy recorded three fourth-place finishes as the Cougars fell to No. 25 Arizona State, 174-85, in Tempe. McCoy leads the team with 12 individual wins this season and is now a member of two relay wins. In only her second season, she has etched her name in three WSU all-time events, recording top-10 times in the 100 and 200 backstroke and the 400 individual medley.

Also Nominated: Kirsten Jacobsen, ARIZ; Cierra Runge, ASU; Felicia Anderson, OSU; Marta Ciesla, USC; Sandra Soe, UCLA.

WOMEN’S DIVER OF THE WEEK: Maria Polyakova Sr., UCLA (Moscow, Russia)
Polyakova won all three events in which she competed in January with all three scores reaching NCAA Zone qualifier status. On Jan. 7, she swept the 1-meter and 3-meter to help UCLA record wins over San Diego (215-77) and Harvard (184-110). Polyakova had a standout performance in the 1-meter championship, taking first with a final tally of 317.75 for her second-best of the year, trailing only her school-record 355.50 mark set earlier this season. At the Bruin Diving Invitational at Spieker Aquatics Center, Polyakova finished first in the 3-meter championship among a 60-diver field. Her podium dive set a Dirks Pool-record with a score of 375.75 in the 3-meter finals for a combined score of 697.90 on day one of the invitational to help earn back-to-back Pac-12 honors.

Also Nominated: Carolina Sculti, STAN; Clare Greenlow, UTAH.

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