Nov. 4, 2003
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Swimmers of the Week
Shannon Kelly, Ohio, Sr., Vandergrift, Pa.
Kelly won eight events in eight tries this weekend versus Eastern Michigan and Toledo. Against EMU, Kelly won the 100 backstroke (58.14), 200 backstroke (2:05.41) and 200 individual medley (2:09.43). She was also part of the winning 400 medley relay team, touching the wall first in a leadoff split of 58.07 (fastest in the MAC this year). Kelly's 200 backstroke time is also the top-ranked MAC performance of the year (in that event). On Saturday, the senior won the 200 freestyle (1:54.43), the 100 freestyle (53.31), and the 400 IM (4:32.94). Kelly also led the 200 medley relay with a split of 27.85.
Andrew Keefe, Miami, Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio
Keefe helped the RedHawks to a win in their MAC season-opener. After winning the 200 freestyle against Cleveland State on Friday, Keefe won the 200 free, 100 free and 400 free relay against Buffalo. For the weekend, he won four events, propelling Miami to a conference-opening win.
Andrea Gray, Akron, Sr., South Euclid, Ohio
In UA's victory over Ball State, Gray won four events. She swept the backstroke events, winning both the 100 and 200-yard races. She also won the 200 individual medley and was a part of the winning 400 medley relay team. In the loss to Miami (Ohio), Gray touched the wall first in the 100 (59.08) and 200 backstroke (2:05.48). Her second-place time of 4:30.35 in the 400 individual medley set a school record. She eclipsed her own mark of 4:32.59 set in 2002.
Erin Dilkes, Bowling Green, Jr., Kitchener, Ontario
Dilkes captured the 200 breaststroke against Ohio State (2:27.20). She also placed sixth in the 400 IM with a time of 4:56.39.
Jennefer Brankovsky, Buffalo, Jr., Toronto, Ontario
Brankovsky took three first places and one second place in a conference loss to Miami. She took first in the 200 free (1:54.00), the 200 individual medley (2:07.02) and swam the anchor leg on the first-place 400 medley relay team (3:57.22). Against Ball State, the junior captured first-place honors in all four events in which she participated, leading the Bulls to a win. Brankovsky took first in the 200 free (1:55.29), the 500 free (5:01.55), the 400 individual medley (4:32.67) and the 200 medley relay (1:50.84).
Maria del Mundo, Eastern Michigan, Jr., Corona, N.Y.
Del Mundo posted three first-place finishes, and a pair each of second and third-place finishes this weekend in dual meets with Ohio and Marshall. The junior won both the 200 breaststroke (2:24.54) and the 200 IM (2:14.37) and finished second in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.65). She was also a member of the third-place 400 medley relay team (4:04.07) against Ohio on Friday. Against Marshall on Saturday, she repeated as the winner in the 200 breaststroke (2:23.52) and finished second in the 400 IM (4:41.63) and third in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.56).
Milla Kuurto, Marshall, So., Lohja, Finland
Kuurto won every event in which she participated in dual meets against Toledo and Eastern Michigan. Against Toledo, she won the 200-yard fly (2:06.75) and set a pool record in the 100-yard free (52.64). Kuurto also swam the anchor in the 400-yard medley relay (3:59.98) and the 200-yard free relay (1:39.01), as both relay teams set school and pool records. She echoed the performance the next day against Eastern Michigan, helping her relay team set school and pool records in the 200-yard medley relay (1:50.43). The sophomore also won the 50-yard fly (24.92), the 200-yard free (1:52.50), the 500-yard free (5:03.95) and 400-yard IM (4:33.58). Kuurto set new school and pool records with her time in the 400-yard IM.
Amy Miranda, Miami, Sr., Louisville, Ky.
Miranda won six events during the RedHawks' week, including the 500 freestyle at all three dual meets. She also won the 1000 free against Buffalo and Akron, while swimming with the first-place 800 free relay against Akron. An NCAA-qualifier last year, Miranda helped the RedHawks to a 2-1 week, including extending the team's MAC dual meet winning streak to 19 with a 2-0 conference start.
Lauren Beckett, Toledo, Sr., Johannesburg, South Africa
Beckett recorded a pair of first-place finishes over the weekend, while setting a new pool record at Marshall on Friday. Beckett broke the pool record in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:25.65. On Saturday at Ohio, she touched the wall first in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:07.75. In the 200 backstroke, she finished second (2:24.25).
Jeff Hurst, Buffalo, So., Rochester, N.Y.
Hurst took first in all three events in which he participated against Miami. He captured first in the 200 IM (1:54.86), 200 backstroke (1:55.04) and swam the lead leg in the 400 medley relay.
Kevin Joyce, Eastern Michigan, So., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Joyce won the 50 and 100 freestyle events at the Ohio dual meet this past weekend, posting times of 22.00 in the 50 free and 48.55 in the 100 free. Joyce's 400 free relay team also posted the fastest time of the meet, 3;14.55, exhibitioning the final event as EMU won, 142-94.
Rick Wade, Ohio, Jr., Wooster, Ohio
Wade topped the competition on the 1-meter board with a score of 244.65. Wade followed with a third-place finish on the 3-meter board by registering a final tally of 247.73.