MAC Names Ohio's Kelly, EMU's Piercey Swimmers of the Week

Updated 1/27/2004

Jan. 27, 2004

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Swimmers of the Week

Shannon Kelly, Ohio, Sr., Vandergrift, Pa.
Kelly recorded four first-place finishes in four tries vs. Bowling Green. Kelly led off the victorious 200 medley relay with a 27.87 backstroke split, notched a career-best 2:06.68 in the 200 butterfly, followed with another career best in the 100 butterfly (57.78) and anchored the victorious 400 free relay with a 51.76 split. Kelly entered the pool 1.15 seconds behind BG's final swimmer and powered to a 1.66-second event victory. The win also gave Ohio the meet victory. All four swims were season bests for the senior.

Jason Piercey, Eastern Michigan, Fr., Dayton, Ohio
For the second week in a row, Piercey won both the 200 and 500 free events as EMU chalked up a conference win over Ball State. The freshman posted a time of 1:42.17 in the 200 free and a time of 4:41.33 in the 500 free, edging his EMU teammates by nearly three seconds in each event for the win.

Other Nominees

Susan Bishoff, Akron, Sr., Wadsworth, Ohio
Bishoff swept the events in the diving tank, giving the Zips a leg up on their 152.5-147.5 victory over conference rival Buffalo. Bishoff took the one meter with a score of 265.71 and won the three meter with a tally of 258.30. She outpaced her closest competition in both events, winning by over 15 points in the one meter and over 12 points in the three meter.

Karla Bailey, Ball State, Jr., Naperville, Ill.
Bailey help lead the Cardinals past MAC foe Eastern Michigan by tallying a victory in the 100 free with a time of 54.02, which tops her season-best time by .06 seconds. She swam the team's fastest time of the season in the 100 breast (1:07.39) for a second-place finish.

Stephanie Buckner, Bowling Green, So., Battle Creek, Mich.
Buckner captured three events and helped the 400 medley relay to a victory as BGSU defeated Marshall (203-95) and narrowly lost to Ohio (155-145) last weekend. Buckner won the 50 free (24.91 vs. Marshall, 24.60 vs. Ohio) against both opponents and took the 100 free against Ohio (53.89). The 400 medley relay team was first vs. the Thundering Herd (4:01.60). In the 100 free vs. Marshall, Buckner finished second (55.07) behind teammate Caroline Keating.

Jennefer Brankovsky, Buffalo, Jr., Toronto, Ont.
Brankovsky won three events in UB's 173-127 win over St. Bonaventure and added two victories and a second-place finish against Akron. Against the Bonnies, she won the 200 free (1:56.71), 100 fly (58.59) and 200 IM (2:11.38). She bettered all three of her times against the Zips, winning both the 200 free (1:54.90) and 200 IM (2:08.31). She finished second in the 100 fly (57.91), touched out by Akron's Danielle Beland by .06 seconds.

Gletchen Plamondon, Eastern Michigan, Jr., Traverse City, Mich.
Plamondon won both the one- and three-meter diving events on Friday against Ball State, posting scores of 245.17 and 250.73, respectively.

Milla Kuurto, Marshall, So., Lohja, Finland
Kuurto swam seven events this weekend and placed first in six. Against Xavier, she helped lead Marshall to a victory with first-place finishes in the 200 IM (2:10.34) and the 100 free (53.30). The sophomore was also a member of the first-place 200 free relay team (1:40.24). Kuurto placed first in the 200 free (1:54.61), the 500 free (5:04.63) and the 200 IM (2:10.46) against Bowling Green. She was also a member of the second-place 400 medley relay (4:04.54).

Christin Eberst, Miami, So., Clifton Park, N.Y.
Eberst led Miami to a near-perfect weekend, sweeping the diving events at both of the RedHawks' MAC dual meet wins. In Miami's 197-98 win over Toledo on Friday, she won from both the one- and three-meter boards by an average of 49.5 points before taking both events in Miami's 205-87 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday. This season, Eberst has won nine of 10 MAC diving events while putting together a streak of 14 consecutive event wins and taking 15 of her last 16.

Kurtis Leer, Ball State, So., Kendallville, Ind.
Leer was one of the top performers for the Cardinals this past weekend at Eastern Michigan, winning the 100 free with a 47.10 clocking. He also had a second-place showing in the 50 free (21.49), coming in .04 of a second behind the first-place finisher.

Kevin Gatley, Buffalo, Jr., Charlton, N.Y.
Against St. Bonaventure, Gatley won the 200 butterfly in 1:54.26, lowering his season-best by more than three seconds. He also improved on his 200 free mark by more than two seconds with a 1:46.24 showing, finishing third. Leer was one of the top performers for the Cardinals this past weekend at Eastern Michigan, winning the 100 free with a 47.10 clocking. He also had a second-place showing in the 50 free (21.49), coming in .04 of a second behind the first-place finisher.

Kevin Gatley, Buffalo, Jr., Charlton, N.Y.
Against St. Bonaventure, Gatley won the 200 butterfly in 1:54.26, lowering his season-best by more than three seconds. He also improved on his 200 free mark by more than two seconds with a 1:46.24 showing, finishing third.