MAC Announces Swimming and Diving Athletes of the Week

Updated 2/6/2013

Women's Swimmer of the Week
Anastasia Bocharnikova, Ohio
Junior, Nizhny Tagil, Russia

Anastasia had a tremendous week for Ohio Swimming and Diving, helping to pace the Bobcats to their fourth and fifth consecutive dual-meet victories. Bocharnikova and the Bobcats beat Xavier (137.5-113.5) on Feb. 1 before taking down reigning Mid-American Conference champion Toledo (170-130) on Feb. 2.   Throughout the week, Bocharnikova swam seven events, collected four first-place finishes, and never finished below third. The junior took first place three times against Xavier, winning the 50 breaststroke, the 100 backstroke, and the 100 individual medley. She followed this up with a strong performance against Toledo, taking first in the 200 backstroke and the 200 individual medley while also finishing third in both the 200 medley relay and the 100 breaststroke.   Anastasia’s 50 breaststroke and 100 individual medley times against Xavier were both season and lifetime bests. Her 100 breaststroke and 200 backstroke times against Toledo were both non-technical suit lifetime bests, impressively coming without a full day’s rest, as the Bobcats had just competed against Xavier the prior evening. Bocharnikova was instrumental in Ohio winning its first home dual meet of the season (Xavier) and its first victory over Toledo since 2008. 

Men's Swimmer of the Week
Michael Swain, Eastern Michigan
Senior, Ann Arbor, Mich. /Huron
Senior Michael Swain led Eastern Michigan to its 63rd-straight MAC dual-meet victory, Feb. 2, in a 184-110 victory over Miami at Jones Natatorium. The Ann Arbor, Mich. native posted three individual victories while also earning a first place finish in a relay. The senior's first win of the afternoon came in the 200-medley relay as EMU took the race in 1:32.94. Individually, Swain won the 100-breaststroke, 200-breaststroke and 200-individual medley. He touched the wall in 57.63 to win the 100-breastroke and 2:02.66 to take the 200-breaststroke. He completed the 200-individual medley in 1:51.58 to win the race.

Other Nominees:
Kelsey Barbour, Buffalo 
Junior, Clifton Park, NY/Shenendehowa
In UB’s 177-111 win over St. Bonaventure, Kelsey Barbour swept the breaststroke races, winning the 100-yard distance in 1:06.78 and the 200-yard race in 2:26.20. Barbour was also a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay (1:47.42) along with Alexis Valedon, Marissa Murphy and Mallory Morrell.

Joëlle Scheps, Bowling Green
Junior, Waddinxveen, Netherlands/Coornhert
Scheps won four races as the Falcons earned back-to-back wins against Akron and Youngstown State last week.  Against the Zips, Scheps claimed three wins and added her sixth time to the BGSU record book in a 175-117 win over Akron.  Scheps won the 200-yard freestyle, the 400 individual medley and swam in the winning 400-yard medley relay for the Falcons.  Her time of 4:26.47 in the 400 IM is the third-fastest in school history.  On Saturday, Scheps added another win in the 400 medley relay, as the Falcons downed Youngstown, 163-122.

McKenzie Bagan, Toledo
Senior, Roanoke, Ind. /Homestead
McKenzie Bagan has turned on the jets heading into the final stretch of her career. She swept the butterfly events for the second consecutive meet in Toledo’s loss at Ohio last Saturday. Bagan swam a season-best 55.30 seconds in the 100 fly and recorded a final mark of 2:02.84 in the 200 fly. The senior also claimed both events over Miami on Jan. 26, while setting a new pool record in the 200. Bagan also swam on the 200 Medley Relay and 400 Freestyle Relay teams, finishing second and third respectively.

Cory Zorsch, Buffalo 
Senior, Rochester, NY/Greece Athena
In UB’s 159-135 win over St. Bonaventure on Senior Day, senior Cory Zorsch won two individual events and was part of a winning relay team in the final home meet of his career. Zorsch set a season-best time in the 100-yard backstroke (51.05) and tied his season-best in winning the 100-yard butterfly (49.03).  Zorsch also swam the opening backstroke leg of the victorious 200-yard medley relay as he was joined by fellow seniors Josh Meints, Matt Schwippert and Ryan Smrekar to a 1:31.78 finish. 

Paul Le, Missouri State
Sophomore, Moore, Okla. /Southmoore High
Missouri State closed out its regular season with the Northwestern Invitational, which included dual meets against No. 20 Iowa, Notre Dame (RV) and the host Wildcats. While the Bears were swept over the weekend, they were not short on top performances from sophomore Paul Le. On Friday, Le gave MSU an early boost when he notched a win in the 200 IM. He registered a season-best time of 1:49.13 and was .04 seconds away from the NCAA ‘B’ cut. With his time, he moved into the No. 2 spot in the MAC top times list. During Saturday’s morning session, the sophomore standout stayed busy swimming the 200 medley relay, 800 free relay and two individual events. Le recorded the second-fastest 50 backstroke split (22.89) before racing to an MSU career-best time (49.15) in the 100 fly. He placed third overall in a 24-man field. Le added another third-place finish in the 100 back and was .55 seconds shy of earning his second win of the weekend. The Moore, Okla. native wrapped up his weekend at the Northwestern Invitational with a victory in the 200 back on Saturday evening. Le achieved a season best (1:46.97) in the event and avenged a loss to Iowa’s Byron Butler, who won the 100 back earlier in the day.

Calvin Kolar, Southern Illinois
Sophomore, Makanda, Ill. /Carbondale HS
Calvin Kolar won all three of his races in Saturday's 156-72 win over Evansville. Kolar was the second leg on the meet-opening 200-yard medley relay team that dominated the event. The relay won over their Saluki teammates by more than two seconds and more than five seconds over Evansville's fastest challenger. Kolar quickly got back to work with a win in the 200-yard freestyle, leading a quartet of Salukis that finished in the top four. In the 100-yard breaststroke, Kolar was the only swimmer to break the one-minute barrier and cruised to his second individual win of the day.