MAC Announces Swimming and Diving Athletes of the Week

Updated 1/29/2013

Women's Swimmer of the Week 
Tori Bagan, Ohio, Sophomore
Roanoke, Ind. (Homestead)

Tori had a very strong week for Ohio Swimming and Diving, playing a large role in the Bobcats’ two dual-meet victories at Marshall (167-116) and West Virginia (165-135). The sophomore swam in a total of seven events throughout the two dual meets, winning four of them and never finishing below third place. At the dual meet against Marshall, Bagan swam on the winning 200 medley relay team, claimed second in the 50 free, and placed third in the 100 free. She followed this up with a very strong performance against West Virginia, taking first in the 100 breaststroke (season-best time of 1:05.90), the 200 breaststroke (season-best time of 2:23.87), and was also a member of the winning 400 medley relay team. Bagan’s only non-first place finish at the dual meet against West Virginia was a still impressive second-place result in the 200 freestyle relay. 

Men's Swimmer of the Week 
Jacob Hanson, Eastern Michigan
Senior, Bloomington, Ill. (Normal Community)
Senior Jacob Hanson led Eastern Michigan to its 62nd-straight MAC dual-meet victory, Jan. 26, in a 151.5-148.5 victory at Alumni Arena's pool and natatorium. The Bloomington, Ill. native posted three individual victories while also earning a second place finish in a relay. The senior's first win of the afternoon came in the 100-backstroke with a finish of 48.57. He next finished more than two seconds ahead of the runner-up in the 200-backstroke with a 1:47.06. Hanson's final win of the day came in the 200-individual medley after he touched the wall in 1:50.63. He also helped EMU to a second place finish in the 200-medley relay. His team completed that race in 1:31.49.

Other Nominees: 

Brittney Kuras, Buffalo
Senior, NY (Canandaigua Academy)

In UB’s 169-131 loss to Eastern Michigan, Brittney Kuras won all three of her individual races for the fourth consecutive dual meet. The senior opened the meet with a victory in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:51.78. She then posted a season-best in winning the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:19.96. Kuras finished her day with a win in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:04.22.

Jessie Godlewski, Eastern Michigan
Sophomore, Apex, N.C (Apex)
Sophomore Jessie Godlewski was Eastern's top-performer in its 169-131 victory over Buffalo, Jan. 26, at Alumni Arena's pool and natatorium. The Apex, N.C. native took home top-honors in a pair of races while posting two top-three finishes. Godlewski touched the wall in 2:02.60 in the 200-butterfly, while she also completed the 200-backstroke in 2:05.73, both were good for first place. She took second in the 200-individual medley in 2:05.01 and helped her team to third place as the anchor of the 200-medley relay in 1:47.72. Godlewski's performance helped the EMU women's swimming and diving team to a 7-0 (5-0 MAC) record in dual-meets this season which is the only undefeated dual-meet season in Eastern Michigan history.
Leah Thornton, Miami University
Senior, Helena, Ala. (John Carroll Catholic) 
In Miami's huge dual meet victory at defending MAC champion Toledo (167.5 to 132.5), Thornton was nearly unbeatable. The senior from Helena, Ala. won both the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events and was the lead-off swimmer for the RedHawks' winning 200 medley relay squad. Her 400 freestyle relay squad placed third. Altogether, she contributed 18 individual points and 14 relay points in the victory. Thornton, a first-team All-MAC selection in 2012 and the MAC's reigning 100 backstroke champion, had winning times of 56.87 in the 100 and 2:02.76 in the 200.  She carries a cumulative grade-point average of 3.6 while majoring in zoology.
McKenzie Bagan, Toledo
Senior, Roanoke, Ind. (Homestead)
McKenzie Bagan swept the butterfly events versus Miami (OH) last Saturday at the UT Rec Center Pool. The senior swam a final time of 55.55 in the 100 Fly and clocked a 2:02.11 time in the 200. Her 200 time is the second best in the MAC this season and eclipsed the pool record of 2:03.00 previously held by teammate Beth Rogers. Bagan also swam on the 200 Medley Relay and 400 Freestyle Relay teams, finishing second and fourth respectively. 
Mike Dugan, Buffalo
Junior, Rotterdam, NY/Mohonasen
In UB’s 151.5-148.5 loss to Eastern Michigan, Mike Dugan was a double-winner taking the sprint freestyle races against Eastern Michigan. He won the 50-yard freestyle in 20.79 and then posted a season-best time in taking the 100-yard freestyle in 45.34. He also anchored both of UB’s victorious relays to season-best times with a 1:30.75 clocking in the 200-yard medley relay and a 3:03.68 showing in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Vitalii Baryshok, Missouri State
Sophomore, Lugansk, Ukraine (Lugansk Taras Shevchenko National University)
Sophomore Vitalii Baryshok was one of the key swimmers in both Missouri State road wins this past week against Drury and Missouri S&T. Against the eight-time defending NCAA DII champion Panthers, Baryshok was a part of two record-setting performances, the first coming in the 200 medley relay. The sophomore from Latvia anchored the relay (1:30.86) which smashed the previous DU Breech Pool record by 1.67 seconds. Not long after, he notched an individual pool record in the 200 free (1:38.24) and was just one hundredth off his season best. Baryshok once again helped the Bears in their 134-109 win with first place in the 100 free (45.15).  On Friday (Jan. 25), Baryshok capped off the week with a third pool record, this time in the 100 fly at Missouri S&T Pool. He registered a season-best time of 50.28 and guided Missouri State to a 119-85 win over the Miners.
In all, the Bears totaled eight pool records in a three-day span.