Marshall's Kuurto, EMU's Fleming Named MAC Swimmers of the Week

Updated 12/9/2003

Dec. 9, 2003

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Swimmers of the Week

Milla Kuurto, Marshall, So., Lohja, Finland
Kuurto had three first-place finishes at the Miami Invitational: the 200-yard freestyle (1:49.92), 200-yard butterfly (2:01.93) and the 100-yard butterfly (54.54). Her time in the 100 butterfly set a new MAC, pool and meet record. She placed second in the 100-yard freestyle (51.53) and third in the 800-yard freestyle (7:44.04). She was also a member of three relay teams, all of which placed fourth: 200-yard freestyle relay (1:38.14), 200-yard medley relay (1:48.21), and 400-yard freestyle relay (3:37.26). Marshall finished fifth out of 11 teams.

Doug Fleming, Eastern Michigan, Jr., Burlington, Ontario
Fleming earned 214 of EMU's 1192 points as the Eagles cruised to their seventh straight win of the EMU Invitational on Saturday, taking first place. Fleming had one individual win and was a member of four winning relay teams. He won the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:49.48 and placed second in the 100 fly (50.80) and 100 back (51.48). On the relays, EMU won the 400 free relay with a time of 3:05.98, the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:34.53, the 200 free relay with a time of 1:23.90 and the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:25.65. All these times are tops for EMU and the MAC this season. In addition, his time of 21.35 in the 50 freestyle was the second fastest, but the event was exhibitioned.

Other Nominees

Susan Over, Akron, Sr., Wadsworth, Ohio
Over swept the one and three-meter diving events at the Giant Eagle Zips Invitational, winning the three-meter with a score of 409.40 and the one-meter event with a score of 252.90. It was her fifth sweep (one and three-meter) of the season and her fifth straight win in the three-meter.

Emily Aubie, Ball State, Sr., Nepean, Ontario
Aubie helped the Cardinals to a first-place finish in the 11-team Giant Eagle Zips Invitational. BSU took the team title for the second straight year. At Akron, Aubie finished second in the 400 individual medley (4:32.31). She also helped the Cardinals establish a new season-best time in the 800 free relay (7:47.59).

Caroline Keating, Bowling Green, Fr., Cincinnati, Ohio
Keating won three events at the Notre Dame Invitational. Keating captured the 500 free on Dec. 4 with a time of 4:58.34, won the 200 free on Dec. 5 in 1:53.41 and on Dec. 6 won the 1,650 free in a time of 17:12.51. Her times in all three events were among the top 10 all-time in BGSU history, including her 4:58.34 in the 500, which was third-best all-time in school history. She also was a member of the 800 free relay team that finished fourth.

Jennefer Brankovsky, Buffalo, Jr., Toronto, Ontario
Brankovsky competed in three individual events at the U.S. Open Championships. The junior started the meet on Thursday with a personal-best mark of 2:23.18 in the 200-meter individual medley to place 42nd. She finished 19th in the same event at 2003's meet in Minneapolis when she clocked a 2:23.66. Brankovsky also placed 64th in a field of 89 in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:45.35 and tied for 73rd among 108 in the 100-meter butterfly (1:05.19). She also was part of two relay teams: the 800-meter freestyle relay (finished 22nd of 32 in 8:46.19) and the 400-meter medley relay (finished 29th among 41 in 4:32.35).

Anca Tilea, Eastern Michigan, Sr., Sibiu, Romania
Tilea won both the one-meter and three-meter events at the EMU Invitational this weekend, posting scores of 271.40 and 491.55, respectively.

Amy Miranda, Miami, Sr., Louisville, Ky.
Miranda won two events at the Miami Invitational to lead the RedHawks to their first Miami Invite win since 1999. In the 500 freestyle, Miranda hit the wall in 4:52.00 to help Miami to its day-one lead. The Red and White never relinquished their lead as she topped the field in the 1650 freestyle to open the day-three finals. Her time of 16:45.44 paced the field that included swimmers from No. 13 Indiana, MAC-foe Marshall and Kenyon, winner of 19 of the last 20 Div. III National Championships.

Shannon Kelly, Ohio, Sr., Vandergrift, Pa.
Kelly won the 200-yard backstroke, setting a new meet record with a time of 2:02.58 at the Akron Invitational. She also finished third in the 200 IM with a time of 2:09.95 and eighth in 400 IM with a 4:40.61.

Iiris Hilvo, Toledo, Jr., Heinola, Finland
Hilvo tallied two individual and two relay top-three finishes at the EMU Invitational. Hilvo started off the afternoon finishing first in the 200 IM (2:09.21). She then swam in the second-place 400 medley relay (3:57:75). Hilvo finished third in the 400 IM (4:34.30) and wrapped up the day with a third-place finish in the 800 freestyle relay (7:51.94). The Heinola, Finland, native also finished third on the first day in the 200 breaststroke (2:23.43).

Kurtis Leer, Ball State, So., Kendallville, Ind.
Leer helped the Cardinals to a first-place finish in the seven-team Giant Eagle Zips Invitational. BSU took the team title for the second straight year. Leer helped BSU to 11 season-best clockings at the three-day event by posting six top-three efforts himself. The sophomore won the 200 freestyle (1:41.85) and placed third in the 100 free (46.21). He was also part of four season-best relays at the Invite -- 200 free (1:24.82), 400 free (3:07.93), 800 free (6:54.47) and 400 medley (3:27.60).

Aviv Oren, Buffalo, Jr., Rishon Le-Zion, Israel
At the U.S. Open Swimming Championships in Federal Way, Wash., Oren reached the finals in the 100-meter breaststroke. The junior finished 24th in an overall field of 47 entrants in 1:06.80 as the top 24 advanced to the evening competition following the preliminary round. Oren, the 2003 MAC champion in the 100 breaststroke, reached the finals after qualifying 22nd in Thursday's preliminary round. He turned in a career-best 1:06.42 in his opening swim of the meet, enabling him to make the final round of competition. Oren also was part of UB's top 400-meter medley relay foursome which placed 16th, scoring two points, the first Bulls relay to score in meet history. The foursome placed 16th among 20 entrants with a 4:05.10 clocking.

Scott Robson, Miami, So., Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Robson helped the RedHawks mount a day-three comeback in which they jumped from fourth place to take second place at the Miami Invitational. In the 200 butterfly, Robson posted the fastest preliminary time on Sunday morning, before returning in the evening session to win the event. His top time in the event was 1:51.67. Sitting in fourth place for most of the weekend, Miami leapt two spots to finish as runner-up to Kenyon, which repeated as Miami Invite champs and has won the last 24 Div. III National Championships.

Robert Krichbaum, Ohio, Sr., Delaware, Ohio
Krichbaum finished third in the three-meter diving with a score of 402.10 and second in the one-meter diving event with a score of 252.75 at the Giant Eagle Zips Invitational.