Nov. 23, 2004
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The Mid-American Conference announced it's Women's Swimmer of the Week today. The award went to Marshall's Erika Nilsson, (Haninge, Sweden). At the Doug Coers Invitational hosted by Ball State, Nilsson helped to lead Marshall to a second place finish. Nilsson earned points for the Herd with first place finishes in the 500-yard freestyle (5:03.00) and the 1650-yard freestyle (17:12.92) and a third place finish in the 200-yard butterfly (2:12.33). Nilsson was also a member of several of the Herd's relay teams including the first place 800-yard freestyle team (7:44.76) and the 400-yard medley relay team (3:59.68) along with the second place 400-yard freestyle team (3:37.17) and the third place 200-yard freestyle team (1:40.91).
Karla Bailey, Senior, Ball State, Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central
Bailey helped guide the Cardinals to a first-place finish in the Doug Coers Invitational by posting two relay wins and an individual first-place finish. On the first day of competition Friday, Bailey collected the fastest time in the 50 freestyle with a 24.57 clocking. She also swam the final legs for the first-place 200 Freestyle Relay (1:37.85) and the second-place 400 Medley Relay (4:01.43). On the second day of competition Saturday, Bailey swam the final leg of the first-place 200 Medley Relay (1:49.84), placed second in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.35) and placed sixth in the 100 freestyle (55.12).
Caroline Keating, Sophomore, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Ursula Academy
On Saturday against Notre Dame Keating was able to obtain a second place finish in the 200 free (1:55.56) as well as the 500 free (5:07.10). She was also part of the 200 free relay team that finished third (1:41.72).
Christin Eberst, Junior, Miami, Clifron Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa
Eberst won all four diving events over the weekend against Wright State, Xavier and IUPUI in her first competition this year after coming back from injury. Her performance in the three-meter dive broke her own school record for 11 dives when she earned 515.92 points and qualified for the NCAA zone diving competitions for the third-straight year.
Iiris Hilvo, Senior, Toledo, Heinola, Finland/Kymenkartano
Hilvo helped team to finish sixth (283.50) at the Indiana Invitational. She broke the school record in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.99), and placed ninth in the event. Hilvo was the only Rocket to qualify for the championship finals heat at the invitational, and placed fifth in the 200 breaststroke. She also broke her own second-place school record time in the event with a time of 2:20.23. With all scores combined, Hilvo earned 32 points in individual events for UT, and as a member of the relay teams earned 70 points.