Bailey, Ricard Named MAC Swimmers of the Week

Updated 11/25/2003

Nov. 25, 2003

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Swimmers of the Week

Karla Bailey, Ball State, Jr., Naperville, Ill.
Bailey shattered a school record that had stood for eight years when she tabbed a 59.70 in the 100 IM against Butler. The previous standard, held by Joy Gallagher, was 1:01.91. The junior won three individual events on the week, placing first in the 100 backstroke (1:01.95) against Butler and the 50 free (25.14) against Xavier, in addition to her 100 IM win. Bailey was also a member of BSU's first-place 200 medley relay vs. Butler.

Paul Ricard, Miami, Fr., Bowling Green, Ohio
Ricard continued the hot start to his collegiate career, picking up three wins on the weekend. A distance swimmer, Ricard remained perfect in both the 500 and 1000 freestyle events, winning both events at Wright State on Friday with times of 4:43.69 and 9:45.14, respectively. On Saturday, Ricard won the 200 fly, and finished second in the 50 free to round out his weekend. The RedHawks split their two meets on the weekend, moving their record to 3-2 on the season.

Other Nominees

Jennefer Brankovsky, Buffalo, Jr., Toronto, Ontario
Brankovsky won four events at the Nothers Invitational in London, Ontario. Racing in a short-course meters pool, Brankovsky won the the 50-meter butterfly in 29.84. She also won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:19.39 and a pair of 100-meter races, the 100-meter breaststroke (1:13.18) and the 100-meter butterfly (1:03.69). The Bulls placed first in 12 of the 16 events entered and finished second in the remaining four against competition from Canadian club programs.

Erika Nilsson, Marshall, Jr., Haninge, Sweden
Nilsson finished in first place in all three of the events in which she competed this weekend, including the 400 medley relay (4:01.05, third leg, 31.75), 200 free (1:56.00) and 500 free (5:09.31). She helped lead the Herd to victories over West Virginia Wesleyan and Baldwin-Wallace College.

Laura Armbruster, Miami, So., North Royalton, Ohio
Armbruster won three events on the weekend, helping the RedHawks to push their winning streak to five meets with a pair of dual meet victories. At Wright State, Armbruster swam as part of the first-place 400 medley relay and picked up a win in the 200 IM, with a time of 2:09.37. On Saturday against Xavier, in limited action, she paced the field in the 200 backstroke, hitting the wall in 2:08.64.

Ritchie Caudill, Ball State, So., Muncie, Ind.
Caudill won a total of four individual events on the week. He placed first in the 200 free (1:01.15) and 500 free (4:52.19) against Butler. Against Xavier, Caudill swam past the competition in the 100 breast (1:01.15) and 200 breast (2:11.46).

Mark Sy, Buffalo, Jr., Scarborough, Ontario
Sy reached the championship final of the 400 individual medley, placing sixth in the final in 4:06.40 after turning in a lifetime-best 4:03.44 clocking in the preliminary round. He also won the consolation final of the 200 butterfly in 1:52.47 to place ninth overall. Sy set a lifetime-best in the preliminaries with a 1:52.39 clocking, slicing nearly a full second off the previous best for the event. Sy placed 10th in the 500 freestyle in a season-best 4:38.01 after a preliminary mark of 4:38.05 in the afternoon session.