MAC Announces Men's Swimmer of the Week

Updated 1/12/2010


For Immediate Release-Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010

MAC Men's Swimmer of the Week

Ben Battjes, Ball State - Senior, Elkhart, Ind. (Elkhart Memorial High School)

Senior Ben Battjes helped guide the Cardinals to a first-place finish at the Ball State Relay Invitational by swimming on four first-place relay squads. Battjes opened the meet by swimming the first leg for the first-place 300 butterfly relay that posted a time of 2:39.06. His second relay victory came in the 500 freestyle relay when he swam the first leg for the team that posted a time of 4:20.65. He also swam the first legs for the winning 200 freestyle relay (1:28.05) and the winning 400 medley relay (3:44.78).

Additional Nominees:

Daan Jansen, Missouri State - Freshman, Polokwane, South Africa

Freshman Daan Jansen participated in the 2010 Tunica Invitational, which represented the first collegiate meet of Jansen's career.  Jansen competed in the 200-yard IM (1:58.48), 200-yard Backstroke (1:53.85) and the 400-yard IM (4:07.53).  His finish in the 400 IM gives him the 7th-best time in the MAC.

Chris Nash, Evansville - Junior, Colorado Springs, Colo. (Coronado High School)

Junior Chris Nash shined on Sunday at Saint Louis though the Aces suffered a tough 126-98 loss. Nash placed first in the 100 back (54.10) and first in the 400 medley relay (3:36.11) as the first leg of the team.

Jacob Hanson, Eastern Michigan - Freshman, Bloomington, Ill. (Normal Community)

Freshman Jacob Hanson led the Eagles as he captured three individual wins in the 100- and 200-yard backstroke and the 200-yard IM in a dominating 202-98 victory over Oakland last Saturday. After leading the 200-yard medley relay to a win, Hanson upped his win total to 19 so far this season with 12 of those being individual victories.

Previous Men's Swimmers of the Week

Oct. 21:  Roko Simunic - Missouri State

Oct. 27:  Chris Gunnels - Miami

Nov. 3:   Nicolas Villaroel- Missouri State

Nov. 10:  Niklas Gustafsson - Missouri State

Nov. 18:  Jacob Hanson - Eastern Michigan

Nov. 24:  Ben Battjes - Ball State

Dec. 8:  Chris Krupa - Ball State

Dec. 15:  Adam Dale - Ball State

Jan. 12:  Ben Battjes - Ball State