Jan. 18, 2005
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The Mid-American Conference announced it's Swimmers of the Week today. The awards went to Eastern Michigan's Kevin Joyce (Ann Arbor, MI/Pioneer) and Ohio's Michaela Hahn-Lawson (Painesville, OH/Riverside). Joyce had a breakout weekend in two meets against No. 17 Purdue and Oakland University. Against the Boilermakers, Joyce took first in the 50 yard freestyle in 21.38 seconds, was a first-place finisher in the 100 freestyle (46.59 seconds), and was a leg in the 200 freestyle relay that tied for first-place in 1:25.29. On Saturday versus Oakland, Joyce won 50 yard freestyle in 21.51 seconds, was a leg on the winning 400 medley relay (3:26.20), and took second in the 100 freestyle in 47.29 seconds.
Hahn-Lawson was instrumental in leading the Bobcats to a dual meet victory over Ohio State with top individual finishes in the 200 IM (1st place - season best time of 2:08.27), 100 breaststroke (2nd place - season best time of 1:06.70), and the 200 breaststroke (2nd place - season best time of 2:24.15). She also helped the Bobcats to a first place finish in the 200 medley relay with a season best time of 1:47.93 and a career-best 50 breaststroke split of 29.26.
OTHER MEN NOMINATED:
Kurtis Leer, Junior, Ball State (Kendallville, Ind./East Noble)
Leer helped guide the Cardinals to its first MAC victory of the season with a pair of individual first-place finishes and a relay win. Leer took top billing in the 100 free (47.07) and 200 free (1:43.12), while helping the 400 Medley Relay squad capture first with a time of 3:30.60.
Scott Robson, Junior, Miami (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard South)
Robson earned two second-place finishes as the RedHawks eked out wins over Kenyon College and the University of Cincinnati on Friday afternoon. The RedHawks won despite not winning any of the 11 swimming events, making Robson's two runner-up finishes extremely important to Miami's point total.
Rick Wade, Senior, Ohio (Wooster, Ohio)
Qualified for the NCAA Pre-Quals with a career-high tally of 301.80 in the one-meter dive to help the Bobcats earn their first dual meet victory of the season against Denison. Wade also won the three-meter event against the Big Red, recording a score of 290.10.
OTHER WOMEN NOMINATED:
Danielle Béland, Sophomore, Akron (Ottawa, Ontario/St. Peter's)
Béland helped the Zips to a 1-0 record this week, recorded four wins for the Zips, including two individual and two relay wins. Béland swept the 100 and 200 breaststroke events, winning the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:09.89 while winning the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:32.32.
Christin Eberst, Junior, Miami (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa)
Eberst won both the 1m and 3m diving events over four of her teammates as Miami easily defeated D-III power Kenyon College and local rival Cincinnati on Friday afternoon at the Nixon Aquatic Center. Eberst is perfect in four meets since returning from injury, winning both diving events in all four competitions.
Madeleine Pilchard, Freshman, Eastern Michigan (Marietta, Ga./George Walton)
Pilchard continued on her stellar debut campaign with two first-place finishes at Oakland, Jan. 15. Pilchard won the 200 yard freestyle in 1:53.84, and followed it up with a first-place tally in the 500 freestyle in 5:02.33, more than four seconds ahead of the second-place time.