MAC Announces Women's Swimmer Of The Week

Updated 11/16/2004

Nov. 16, 2004

The Mid-American Conference announced it's Women's Swimmer of the Week today. The award went to Eastern Michigan's Madeleine Pilchard, (Marietta, GA/George Walton HS). Pilchard was on the winning end of six individual events, helping the Eagles to two consecutive wins. Against Cleveland State, Pilchard won the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:06.47, and was the second leg in EMU's first place 200 freestyle relay (1:39.41). Pilchard also finished second in the 50 freestyle (24.99). Against conference rival Bowling Green, Pilchard won the 200 freestyle (1:53.99), 50 free (24.74) and 500 freestyle (5:03.03). She was also a leg in EMU's victorious 800 yard freestyle relay (7:48.78).

Other Nominees:

Brenda Norris, Senior, Akron (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge HS)
Norris finished the weekend with four individual and one relay victory this weekend against Ohio and in the Akron Pentagonal meet (Duquesne, Kenyon, Marshall, Clarion). Against Ohio on Friday, Norris won he 50 freestyle (24.23), the 100 freestyle (52.78) and anchored the 200 freestyle relay team in their victory (1:37.30). At the Pentagonal meet, Norris won the 50 freestyle (24.54) and won the 100 freestyle (53.73). Norris also helped the 200 medley and the 800 freestyle relay teams to second place finishes at the Pentagonal meet.

Katie Boyle, Freshman, Ball State (Valparaiso, IN/Valparaiso HS)
Boyle tallied her first career first-place finish in the Cardinals loss at Miami, with 232.57 points in 1-meter diving. Boyle also placed third on the 3-meter board with a score of 211.20.

Ashlee Burton, Junior, Buffalo (Franklin, IN/Franklin Community)
Burton returned to the UB diving lineup after missing the first few weeks due to illness. Against Marshall, Burton captured the one-meter event with a six-dive total of 254.55 points and finished second on the three-meter board with 258.83 points. Against Ohio, Burton took the one-meter event with a six-dive total of 233.18 points and scored 239.78 points for a second-place finish on the three-meter board.

Erika Nilsson, Senior, Marshall (Haninge, Sweden)
Nilsson placed first in the 500-yard freestyle (5:02.50), the 200-yard butterfly (2:06.18), the 1000-yard freestyle (10:17.87) and was a member of the first place 200-yard freestyle relay team (1:38.48) in the Herd's win over Buffalo. In a quint meet with Akron, Kenyon, Clarion and Duquesne, Nilsson helped the Herd to win the meet by finishing in the top spot in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:27.48) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:06.45). Nilsson was a member of the first place 800-yard freestyle relay team (7:47.05) and she placed second in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:06.01.

Lauren Evanosky, Freshman, Miami (Westport, CT/Staples HS)
Evanosky won a team-high three individual events on the weekend against Ball State and Ohio State. She was one of five Miamians to win two events in a 177-118 win over the Cardinals on Friday and was one of two RedHawks to take an event from the Buckeyes on Saturday in a 145-98 defeat. Over the weekend, she won the 100 Back twice, making her 3-0 on the season in the event. Her 200 Back win on Friday put her at 2-0 in that event on the year. In total, Evanosky is 6-1 this season in individual events, with her first non-win coming in a 400 IM (4th place) at Ohio State. Miami has now won 27 consecutive MAC meets since the 2001-02 season.

Michaela Hahn-Lawson, Freshman, Ohio (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside HS)
Hahn-Lawson won three individual events and one relay against Akron. She captured the 100 breaststroke in a season-best 1:07.31, won the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:25.92, and took first in the 200 individual medley with a season-best time of 2:08.87. She also swam the second leg on the winning 400 medley relay team.

Emily Markovich, Senior, Toledo (Concord, OH/Concord HS)
Markovich helped lead team to 163-135 victory over rival Bowling Green (Nov. 12) by winning the 50 free (24.56) and 100 free (52.53), as well as anchoring the winning 400 medley relay (3:55.99) and 200 freestyle relay (1:37.15). The 200 free relay team broke its own season-best time, which was 1:37.67 set against Marshall. Her performances helped the team to stay undefeated in the MAC (3-0) and to upset preseason No. 3 pick, Bowling Green.