Women's Swimmer of the Week
Brittney Kuras, Buffalo
Senior, Canandaigua, NY (Canandaigua Academy)
Senior Brittney Kuras won a pair of freestyle races on Saturday to lead the Bulls in UB’s MAC victory over Akron, 165-133, as she was the fastest swimmer in three individual races and was also part of a winning UB relay team. Kuras set a season-best in taking the 200-yard freestyle in 1:49.31, slicing more than three seconds off her mark from the WNY Invite on October 13. She also won the 100-yard freestyle in 50.84, in her first competitive swim at the distance this season. Kuras also was the top finisher in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:07.70 as the Bulls exhibitioned the final two events after clinching enough points to earn the team victory. Kuras was also a member of the victorious opening relay as she combined with Claudia Doyle, Spencer Rodriguez and Mallory Morrell to win the 200-yard medley relay in a season-best 1:45.25.
Men's Swimmer of the Week
Colin Hill, Missouri State
Junior, Liberty, Mo. (Liberty High)
Hill helped guide the Bears to a perfect 3-0 record on the road this weekend with convincing wins over conference foes Evansville and Southern Illinois, along with Air Force. Missouri State picked up a 73-point victory at UE, and nearly reached the 100-point margin of victory against the SIU, beating the Salukis 169-71.
On Friday (Nov. 2), Hill swam the butterfly leg (52.90) of the Bears’ 400 medley B-Relay and secured the 1-2 finish to kick off the meet. In his lone individual event against the Purple Aces, the junior cruised to a win in the 200 fly. The closest competitor finished more than five seconds behind Hill. His time in the 200 fly gives him the fifth fastest time in MAC this season. Against Southern Illinois and Air Force, Hill teamed up with MSU’s Chris Carpenter and Daan Jansen for the 1-2-3 finish in the 200 IM. He swam a season best in the event (1:54.17) and is one of six MSU swimmers in the top eight of the 200 IM on the MAC top times list. To cap off the meet, Hill and teammate Isaac Springer completed the 1-2 sweep in the 200 breast. The same Missouri State pair continues to hold the top two spots in the MAC rankings.
Catherine Carr, Akron
Junior, Allentown, Pa. (Emmaus HS)
Carr won two events for the Zips in their dual meet at Buffalo Saturday. Carr was victorious in the 200-yard butterfly (2:05.04) and 200-yard IM (2:09.87). She also placed second in the 500-yard free (5:04.44) and swam on the winning 200-yard free relay (1:39.14).
Haley Richter, Ball State
Junior, Roanoke, Ind.(Columbia City)
Richter earned four victories (three individual, one relay) in the 176.5-117.5 defeat of Bowling Green at Lewellen Pool. She swam a 24.56 split in the winning 200 medley relay that finished in 1:45.88. Richter won the 200 fly in 2:04.68. The junior claimed her third win the 100 fly with a time of 55.86 – three seconds ahead of the field. She bested her season-best in the 200 IM by two seconds with a time of 2:08.48.
Joëlle Scheps, Bowling Green
Junior, Waddinxveen, Netherlands (Coornhert)
Scheps led the Falcons in wins against back-to-back Mid-American Conference opponents, as the Falcons took on Miami and Ball State in the same weekend. Against the RedHawks, Scheps finished first in both the 200 freestyle and 200 IM. Her time of 1:53.45 in the 200 free put her more than a second ahead of teammate Jen Beatty, as the Falcons finished 1-2 in the event. The next day against Ball State, Scheps nearly repeated her success, taking first place in 200 freestyle and finishing second in the 200 IM. The Falcons fell to Miami, 173-113, and Ball State, 176.5-117.5.
Carly Harter, Toledo
Senior, North Huntington, Penn. (Norwin)
Senior Carly Harter won the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle events in Toledo's first conference meet at Eastern Michigan. The three-time, First Team All-MAC performer remained untouchable with winning times of 51.85 and 1:51.86, respectively. Harter has now swept those events in five straight regular-season meets dating back to last year. The last time she didn't win both happened with a second-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle against Ohio State on Jan. 7. Harter also swam on the winning 400-yard freestyle relay team that recorded a mark of 3:31.21. Next up for UT is the Akron Invite on Nov. 30.
Kegan Skelton, Southern Illinois, Diver:
Sophomore, Champaign, Ill. (Centennial)
Kegan Skelton swept all four diving events over the weekend in dominating fashion. The sophomore won the one-meter dive in a dual meet with Air Force by more than 83 points, scoring a 336.30. In the same meet, he scored a 342.90 in the three-meter dive and won by more than 40 points. The following day, in a meet with Air Force and Missouri State, Skelton again cruised to a win in the one-meter dive, this time with a score of 316.85, 26 points better than the next best diver. He dominated his fourth diving event in four tries in the three-meter dive, scoring a 320.15 and winning by nearly 45 points.