MAC Announces Swimmers Of The Week

Updated 2/1/2005

Feb. 1, 2005

The Mid-American Conference announced it's Swimmers of the Week today. The awards went to Eastern Michigan's Joe Bublitz (Livonia, Mich./Stevenson) and Toledo's Iiris Hilvo (Heinola, Findland/Kymenkartano). Hilvo recorded four individual first-place finishes for UT this weekend against Akron and Buffalo out of the five events she swam. In addition, both of the relay squads that she was a part of recorded first-place finishes. With her first-place performance in the 200 breaststroke, Hilvo remains undefeated on the season in dual meets. Also, the senior has recorded only one loss in dual meets this season in the 100 breaststroke.

Bublitz led the Eagles to a convincing 146-80 win over host Buffalo Friday night. Bublitz finished first in the 200 yard individual medley in 1:54.84, nearly three seconds ahead of Buffalo sprinter Jeff Hurst. Bublitz was also the lead off leg in the winning 400 yard medley relay (3:30.66). In all, the senior from Livonia, Michigan helped account for 20 total team points in the meet.

Other Men's Nominees:

Ryan Plantz, Senior, Ball State (Granger, Ind./Penn H.S.)
Plantz captured first place in both 1-meter diving and 3-mater diving at IUPUI last Wednesday. On the 1-meter board, Plantz posted a score of 291.20, which was 26.8 points better than the second-place competitor. On the 3-meter board, Plantz scored a 302.80 besting the second-place finisher by 21.75 points.

Andrew O'Neill, Junior, Miami (Rockaway, N.J./Oratory Prep)
O'Neill was one of 10 different RedHawks to win an individual event versus Ohio as Miami won 177-119 to move to 3-0 in conference and 7-3 overall. The junior took the 100 Back in a career-best 52.62 by six hundredths over teammate Jason Krasula and finished second in the 200 Breast in 2:12.25 by 1.78 seconds to teammate Blake Norman.

Donald Jupp, Junior, Ohio (Stow, Ohio/Stow HS)
Jupp had season bests and personal unshaven bests in the 50 and 100 freestyle events at Miami, winning both with times of 21.18 and 47.47, respectively. Jupp was also on two second place relays with the fastest splits in the MAC for the weekend.

Other Women's Nominees:

Tara Zimmer, Senior, Ball State (Arcanum, Ohio/Arcanum HS)
Zimmer was instrumental in the Cardinals' Mid-American Conference victory over Bowling Green Saturday, posting a pair of individual first-place finishes and a relay win. Zimmer captured top billing in the 100 breaststroke with a season-fast time of 1:06.92 and the 200 breaststroke with a clocking of 2:24.63. She also swam the second leg of the first-place 400 medley relay. In the meet at IUPUI, Zimmer helped guide the 200 medley relay squad to a first-place showing (1:50.93). She also produced a third-place finishes in the 200 IM (2:19.80) and 100 freestyle (58.85) - - both of which are not her main events.

Maria Del Mundo, Senior, Eastern Michigan (Corona, New York/Bayside)
Del Mundo had a breakout weekend in EMU's consecutive conference wins over Buffalo and Akron. Against the Bulls, Del Mundo finished first in the 200 yard breaststroke in 2:22.06, and was a leg in the first-place 400 yard medley relay, which came in at 4:00.12. Versus Akron, she won three individual events. Del Mundo won the 100 yard breaststroke in 1:08.01, captured the 200 breaststroke in 2:26.52, and won the 200 individual medley in 2:14.12. Del Mundo was also a leg in the second-place 200 medley relay (1:52.62).

Milla Kuurto, Junior, Marshall (Lohja,Finland)
Kuurto led the Thundering Herd against Ohio by capturing the top spots in three individual events including the 200-yard butterfly (2:04.28), the 100-yard butterfly (56.95) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:07.82). Kuurto was also a member of the second place 200-yard medley relay team that finished in a time of 1:49.18.

Lauren Evanosky, Freshman, Miami (Westport, Conn./Staples)
Evanosky won two races in the same meet for the first time since Nov. 12 against Ball State and enjoyed her first victory overall since Nov. 13 at Ohio State. The freshman began the year winning seven of her first eight races. Evanosky won the 100 Back in 58.88, 11 hundredths faster than teammate Maggi Bulla, and took the 400 IM over BG's Kara Ohngren by 1.24 seconds to help Miami to a 186-111 win over Bowling Green. Evanosky was the only RedHawk swimmer to win two events, and the meet win lifted Miami to 6-0 in conference and 11-1 overall.

Ilse Petersen, Freshman, Ohio (Johannesburgh, SA)
Ilse went 4 for 4 (1st place finishes) and had a season-best split as anchor of the 200 M.R., propelling the Bobcats to a pool record time of 1:49.07. She also anchored the 400 F.R. with a 52.0 in helping establish a pool record relay time of 3:34.46. Her 200 freestyle time of 1:52.92 was the fastest MAC time of the weekend. She also took first in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:02.36.