Miami's Forster, EMU's Ruch Named Swimmers of the Week

Updated 2/10/2004

Feb. 10, 2004

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Swimmers of the Week

Katie Forster, Miami, So., Centerville, Ohio
Forster won four events on the weekend to help Miami finish off its third straight undefeated conference season and take the MAC regular-season title. In the RedHawks' first-place showdown with undefeated Ohio on Friday, she won two events and swam with a first-place relay. Miami's record-holder in the 500 free, Forster hit the wall in 5:00.53 to win the event. She also claimed top honors in 200 fly with a time of 2:05.27. Forster was also a part of the first-place 400 medley relay team (3:53.49). On Saturday vs. Marshall, she took first and second in her only two events of the day. She won the 1650 free with a time of 17:52.27, before taking second to a teammate in the 200 breaststroke.

David Ruch, Eastern Michigan, Sr., Bethel Park, Pa.
Ruch posted both personal and MAC season-bests in the 200 butterfly (1:51.58) and was a member of the winning 400 medley relay team (3:26.00) as EMU knocked off Miami, 147-96, in its MAC finale. Ruch also was on the third-place 400 free relay team (3:11.67).

Other Nominees

Danielle B?©land, Akron, Fr., Ottawa, Ont.
B?©land won all four events she was entered in Saturday, as Akron closed out the regular season in style, defeating Bowling Green, 183-117. She took first in the 200 freestyle (1:55.01) and swept the butterfly events, winning the 100 (57.74) and the 200 (1:55.01). She also swam a leg on the first-place 200 medley relay squad (1:49.02).

Karla Bailey, Ball State, Jr., Naperville, Ill.
Bailey swam to a first-place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.95) to help lead Ball State to a victory over Marshall Friday. She also was a member of the winning 400 medley relay team (4:00.53). On Saturday vs. Ohio, Bailey posted two season-best marks with a winning 1:06.97 in the 100 breast and a second-place time of 53.91 in the 100 free. She also helped the winning 200 medley relay to a first-place finish (1:49.74).

Kara Ohngren, Bowling Green, So., Rochester Hills, Mich.
Ohngren registered two first-place finishes vs. Buffalo in the 1000 free (10:22.59) and vs. Akron in the 1650 free (17:26.94). In the 1000, she finished a full 14 seconds ahead of the second-place competitor. She also took second-place honors in both the 500 free vs. Buffalo (5:07.22) and the 200 IM vs. Akron (2:12.53).

Kahla Walkinshaw, Buffalo, Fr., Hamilton, Ont.
Against Bowling Green, Walkinshaw posted a win in the 200 butterfly in 2:06.49. She also was part of the winning 400 medley relay team (4:01.42). At the UB Invitational, Walkinshaw led the UB efforts with a total of six wins (four individual and two relays). On Saturday, she scored a win in the 200 free in 1:56.47, led the Bulls to the top four places in the 500 free winning in 5:07.40 and swam the third leg of UB's winning 800 freestyle relay (7:52.50). On Sunday, Walkinshaw won the 1,650 freestyle, a race that she had not competed in as a collegian, with a clocking of 17:46.07, just a quarter-second off of UB's top time in the event this season. Later, she took the 200 butterfly in 2:10.90 and was part of the winning 400 free relay (3:37.79).

Maria del Mundo, Eastern Michigan, Jr., Corona, N.Y.
Del Mundo won three individual events and was a member of the winning 200 medley relay team as EMU won its fourth straight dual meet and evened its MAC record at 4-4 with a 200-99 win over Toledo. The junior won the 100 breast with a season-best time of 1:06.50, the 200 breast with a time of 2:21.12 and the 200 IM with a time of 2:16.04. The 200 medley relay team posted a time of 1:50.12.

Milla Kuurto, Marshall, So., Lohja, Finland
Kuurto won six of her eight events this past weekend. Against Ball State, she placed first in the 200 butterfly (2:05.34), 100 butterfly (56.46) and 200 free (1:39.36). She was also part of the second-place 400 medley relay team (4:03.75). Against Miami, Kuurto placed first in the 100 butterfly (56.35), the 200 butterfly (2:05.19) and the 400 free relay. She had a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:51.69.

Shannon Kelly, Ohio, Sr., Vandergrift, Pa.
Kelly won six individual events in six tries against MAC rivals Miami and BSU. She also picked up a pair of second-place finishes as a member of the 200 and 400 medley relay teams. The senior led all MAC performers for the week with her 24.13 50 free, 52.16 100 free, 2:06.02 200 IM and 400 medley relay leadoff (57.69 backstroke) against Miami. She followed with victories in the 100 back (58.65), 100 fly (57.42) and 200 IM (2:08.70) vs. Ball State. Kelly's 50 free, 100 free and 100 butterfly are lifetime bests, and her 200 IM and 100 backstroke are season bests.

Jason Revere, Ball State, Sr., Glendale, Ariz.
Revere won the 200 butterfly with a 1:56.88 clocking to help lead the Cardinals to a 165-78 victory over Ohio. He also was a member of the winning 400 medley relay team (3:30.37) and finished second in the 200 IM (1:58.54).

Mark Sy, Buffalo, Jr., Scarborough, Ont.
Sy picked up two individual wins and a relay victory to lead the Bulls to the overall team title at the UB Invitational. On Saturday, Sy led the Bulls to the top three spots in the 200 IM with a clocking of 1:55.89. Sy also swam the opening leg of the Bulls' winning 800 free relay squad (7:07.34). On Sunday, Sy took the 200 butterfly title in 1:55.68, more than two seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Sy also finished third in the 400 IM (4:20.57) and was part of the second-place 400 free relay (3:14.24).

Andrew Keefe, Miami, Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio
Keefe won two events in Miami's first-place showdown with Eastern Michigan. In his final home meet, Keefe was victorious in the 100 and 200 free events. In the 100, he touched the wall in 45.89, while his 1:41.34 time in the 200 free was also tops in the field. The Cincinnati native accounted for a third of Miami victories in its attempt to upset the 23-time league champion Eagles.

Robert Krichbaum, Ohio, Sr., Delaware, Ohio
Krichbaum recorded first and second-place finishes against Ball State on the three-meter and one-meter diving boards. He tallied 268.72 points on the low board and 288.68 on the high board.

2004 Swimmers of the Week

Week 1 Erika Nilsson, MAR
Week 2 Danielle Beland, UA
Week 3 Shannon Kelly, Ohio
Week 4 Shannon Kelly, Ohio
Week 5 Kait Martin, BSU
Week 6 Karla Bailey, BSU
Week 7 Milla Kuurto, MAR
Week 8 Shannon Kelly, Ohio
Week 9 Anca Tilea, EMU
Week 10 Kate Martin, BSU
Week 11 Shannon Kelly, Ohio
Week 12 Michelle Zambri, EMU
Week 13 Katie Forster, MIA

Week 1 None
Week 2 Kurtis Leer, BSU
Week 3 Andrew Keefe, MIA
Week 4 Peter Donohue, MIA
Week 5 Kurtis Leer, BSU
Week 6 Paul Ricard, MIA
Week 7 Doug Fleming, EMU
Week 8 Eric Flecher, Ohio
Week 9 Mark Sy, UB
Week 10 Robert Krichbaum, Ohio
Week 11 Jason Piercey, EMU
Week 12 Scott Robson, MIA
Week 13 David Ruch, EMU