MAC Announces Women's Swimmer Of The Week

Updated 11/9/2004

Nov. 9, 2004

The Mid-American Conference announced it's Women's Swimmer of the Week today. The award went to Marshall junior Milla Kuurto (Lohja, Finland/Lohja HS). Kuurto captured top finishes in all of her individual events this past weekend. Against Toledo Kuurto placed first in the 100-yard backstroke (58.73), the 100-yard butterfly (57.50) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:08.36). In the meet against Eastern Michigan Kuurto finished in the top spot in the 100-yard backstroke (1:00.16), the 100-yard butterfly (58.26) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:09.28). Kuurto also helped the team to a victory in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:50.

Also Nominated

Lindsey Power, Sophomore, Akron
Power finished with three wins in four events for the University of Akron Zips swimming and diving team. Against Ball State, Power won the 1-meter event with a six-dive total of 270.23, more than 33 points ahead of the closest Cardinal and won the 3-meter event with a score of 287.10, winning by more than 38 points. Both scores qualified her for the NCAA Zone meet. Against Miami (Ohio), Power bettered her 1-meter zone qualifying score by winning the event with a total of 284.33, winning by more than 65 points and missing the school record by 4.32 points. Power has now won four of six diving events this season.

Maddy Pilchard, Freshman, Eastern Michigan
Maddy three first-place finishes and three second-place tallies in two events last week. Versus Ohio (Nov. 5), Pilchard took first in the 200 Backstroke with a time of 2:07.07, and was a part of the winning 200 Freestyle Relay. She was also a leg in the second-place 400 Medley Relay. In EMU's win over Marshall (Nov. 6), Pilchard had two more first-place finishes, in the 200 Freestyle (1:53.50), and 50 Freestyle (24.79 seconds).

Lauren Evanosky, Freshman, Miami
Against Akron on Saturday, Evanosky entered her name on a Miami all-time top-10 list, recording the seventh-fastest time in Miami history in the 100 back. She finished in 57.71 seconds, 1.89 seconds faster than teammate Maggi Bulla. She also won the 200 IM against the Zips, finishing in 2:06.92, 7.66 seconds ahead of teammate Katie Forster and just .31 seconds from the Miami top-10 list in the event. Miami won the meet, 177-120. Against Buffalo on Friday, Evanosky won the 200 Back in 2:05.10, 4.97 seconds faster than teammate Katie Miles. Miami won the meet, 145-93.

Ilse Petersen, Freshman, Ohio
Peterson won the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:00.26, had a 52.41 split on the winning 400 medley relay team, and recorded a 25.56 split on the second place 200 freestyle relay team in a dual meet victory over Eastern Michigan. She also recorded conference-best times in capturing the 200 (1:52.50) and 500 (4:58.84) freestyle events and had a team-best 53.29 split in the second place 400 freestyle relay against Toledo.

Megan McKinley, Freshman, Toledo
McKinley has recorded an undefeated record so far in her collegiate career. She hascompeted on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards four times so far this season,and finished first on both all four times. Her highest score so far thisseason on the 1-meter has been a 254.85, and on the 3-meter is a 280.35.