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Feb. 8, 2005
The Mid-American Conference announced it's Swimmers of the Week today. The awards went to Eastern Michigan's Dan Wohl (Sandusky, Ohio/Perkins) and Akron's Brenda Norris (Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge). Wohl led Eastern Michigan to a pivotal 149-92 win over previously unbeaten Miami on Feb. 5. Wohl finished first in the 200 yard freestyle in 1:41.45, and captured the 200 butterfly in 1:52.24. Wohl was also a leg in the fastest 400 yard freestyle relay, which finished in 3:09.73, more than two seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
Norris led the way for the Zips in the final Mid-American Conference meet of the season against Bowling Green and Buffalo, winning three events and tying for first in a fourth event. Norris started the day out helping the 200 medley relay team to a win in a time of 1:50.28. She later won the 50 freestyle (24.48) and tied for the win in the 100 freestyle (53.19) with teammate Rachel Mathews before helping the 200 freestyle relay team close out the day with a win with a time of 1:37.66.
OTHER MEN NOMINATED:
Josh Willer, Senior, Ball State, (Greencastle, Ind./South Putnam)
Willer swam to first-place finishes in the 100 breaststroke (59.90) and 200 breaststroke (2:12.41). Willer was also a member of the first-place 400 medley relay (3:31.69) and second-place 400 freestyle (3:13.33) relay squads.
Mark Sy, Senior, Buffalo (Scarborough, Ontario/Mary Ward CSS)
Sy registered a pair of wins for the Bulls in a 154-83 Senior Day loss to St. Bonaventure. Sy captured the grueling 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:48.37, holding off a hard charge from St. Bonaventure's Scott Jordan, who finished second in 9:49.92. Sy also rallyed to win his specialty event, the 200-yard butterfly.
Mike Shelby, Senior, Ohio (New Albany, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales)
Competing at home for the last time in his career, Mike was a winner in all three events in which he participated against Ball State. He captured the 100 backstroke in a time of 53.75 and duplicated that winning effort by taking the 100 butterfly in 51.68. Mike also led off the winning 400 freestyle relay team.
OTHER WOMEN NOMINATED:
Tara Zimmer, Senior, Ball State (Arcanum, Ohio/Arcanum)
In the Cardinals win over Marshall Friday, Zimmer helped the Cardinals open the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay (1:48.71) and followed with a first-place individual finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:27.64). At Ohio, Zimmer earned a first-place finish for Ball State in the 200 breaststroke (2:27.37).
Caroline Keating, Sophomore, Bowling Green (Cincinnati, Ohio/Saint Ursula Academy)
Keating posted a first place finish in the 200 free (1:53.45), as well as the 500 free (5:05.63) against Akron and Buffalo at Friday's meet. Keating also was a leg in the second place finishing 200 free relay team, On Saturday against St. Bonaventure, Keating stepped up by placing first in the 100 free (10:21.98), as well as the 500 free with a time of 5:05.38.
Ashlee Burton , Junior, Buffalo (Franklin, Ind./Franklin Community)
Burton broke her own school record to win the one-meter diving event in a double-dual meet at Bowling Green. Burton collected 302.90 points for six dives, making her the first UB woman to score over 300 points in a dual meet.
Maddy Pilchard, Freshman, Eastern Michigan (Marietta, Ga./George Walton)
Pilchard finished first in the 200 yard freestyle in 1:51.69, and won the 200 backstroke in 2:05.74, nearly three seconds ahead of the second-place finisher (2:08.46). Pilchard also tallied two second-place finishes, in the 50 freestyle (24.61 seconds) and as a leg in the 200 freestyle relay (1:37.95).
Casey Mulholland, Junior, Marshall (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Mulholland won three of four diving events over the weekend. Against Ball State she won both the 1-meter (245.32) and the 3-meter (268.20). In the meet against Miami she set new Marshall records in both the 3-meter and the 1-meter. Mulholland won the 3-meter event with a score of 291.15 and placed second in the 1-meter (259.12).
Michelle Reynolds, Senior, Miami (Wyoming, Ohio/Wyoming)
Reynolds won two events at Ohio on Friday, just her second and third event wins on the year. She won the 200 Fly in 2:07.29 and also won the 100 Fly in 58.18. On Saturday at Marshall, Reynolds was part of a foursome that won the 400 Medley Relay in 3:56.56. Miami won both meets, giving Reynolds and her fellow seniors a perfect 32-0 record in MAC duals in their careers.
Debbie Thornbury, Freshman, Ohio (Orange Park, Fla./Boone)
Thornbury wrapped up her first regular season as a collegiate diver by winning all four events in which she participated last weekend. Against Miami she swept the one- and three-meter events with scores of 255.45 and 266.10. The next day in Ohio's victory over Ball State, Thornbury was again a winner in the one- and three-meter dives with scores of 268.95 and 266.78.
Emily Markovich, Senior, Toledo (Concord, Ohio/Concord)
Markovich helped lead the Rockets to a dramatic 155-145 win over Eastern Michigan on Friday, Feb. 4 with her two individual first-place finishes in the 50 and 100 freestyle, as well as anchoring two first place relay teams. The 200 freestyle relay that she anchored not only broke the pool record, but with the first-place finish, UT sealed the win over EMU.