MAC Announces Men's Swimmer Of The Week

Updated 1/25/2005

Jan. 25, 2005

The Mid-American Conference announced it's Swimmers of the Week today. The awards went to Buffalo's Mark Sy (Scarborough, Ontario/Mary Ward CSS) and Miami's Katie Forster (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville). Sy led the Bulls over the weekend with a pair of individual victories. The senior won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:03.54 and later added a victory in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:59.65. This is the second time this season that Sy has been named Swimmer Of The Week.

Forster won four of the five events she competed in as Miami defeated two MAC opponents to improve to 5-0 on the conference slate and extend the school's MAC win streak to 29 meets. Forster became the first RedHawk this year to win three events in the same meet, taking the 200 Free, 200 Fly and 500 Free against Toledo. The next day, against Eastern Michigan, she competed in two different events, winning the 100 Fly and finishing second in the 1650 Free to teammate Julie Madden. It was just the second 1650 Free she swam this year and first since Nov. 6 against Akron, which she won.

Karla Bailey, Senior, Ball State (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central)
Bailey topped the competition in the 50 free with a clocking of 24.54 at Eastern Michigan. She was also a member of the first-place 200 Medley Relay team which posted a time of 1:47.67. In addition, Bailey placed third in the 100 free (54.26) and was a member of the second-place 400 Free Relay team (3:38.79).

Caroline Keating, Sophomore, Bowling Green (Cincinnati, Ohio/Saint Ursula Academy)
Keating was a member of the 400 free relay team that posted a second place finish (3:38.45). She also placed second in the 500 free (5:02.70). The Cincinnati native, came up strong with two first place finishes, one in the 200 free (1:54.24), and the other in the 100 free (54.23).

Zsofia Vegh, Senior, Eastern Michigan (Eger, Hungary/Tecumseh, Mich.)
Vegh had a breakout weekend in helping EMU to another MAC win. Against Ball State (Jan. 21), Vegh won the 200 yard backstroke in 59.01 seconds, and followed it up with a first-place finish in the 100 yard freestyle (54.07 seconds). Vegh was also a leg in the first-place 400 yard freestyle relay (3:34.70) versus the Cardinals, and tallied a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:50.53). Against first-place Miami (Jan. 22), Vegh was also a leg in the first-place 200 freestyle relay (1:39.78, more than 2.5 seconds ahead of the rest of the field).

Erika Nilsson, Senior, Marshall, (Haninge, Sweden)
Nilsson helped the Herd to a 172-126 victory over Bowling Green this past weekend by placing first in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:16.55), the 200-yard butterfly (2:05.82) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:01.27). She also was a member of the first place 400-yard freestyle relay team which finished in a time of 3:35.79.

Chelsea Perkins, Freshman, Toledo (Centerville,OH/Centerville)
Perkins broke the pool record, as well as the school record in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 10:08.62. The previous pool record in the event had not been broken since 1996. She broke the school record by more than 6 seconds.