Dec. 7, 2004
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The Mid-American Conference announced it's Swimmers of the Week today. The awards went to Ball State's Kurtis Leer (Kendallville, Ind.) and Akron's Danielle Beland (Ottawa, Ont.). Leer won his second honor in as many weeks after a strong performance over the weekend. Leer helped guide the Cardinals to second place at the Zippy Invite byposting three individual first-place finishes at the meet. He tallied a meet record time of 45.25 in the 100 free, a clocking of 1:40.59 in the 200 free and a time of 20.90 in the 50 free. His 100 free time ties as the third-best effort in BSU annals. He also swam for three second-place - - 400 Free (3:04.65), 800 Free (6:52.34) and 400 Medley (3:25.67) - -and one third-place - - 200 Free (1:24.84)- - relay teams.
Beland won her first Swimmer of the Week honor of the year after she finished the 2004 Giant Eagle Zips Invitational with three wins, three meet records and two pool records. She opened up the individual events with a win the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:57.88 to set a new meet records. She set her second meet and first pool record of the weekend en route to winning the 100 butterfly in a time of 56.33. Her time bettered the previous meet and pool record of 56.88 set in 2001. She finished the weekend by braking her own meet and pool record en route to winning the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:01.54. She broke her previous pool and meet record of 2:04.94 by 3.4 seconds.
OTHER MEN NOMINATED:
Patrick Lee, Junior, Buffalo, (North Tonawanda, NY/North Tonawanda HS)
Lee won the picked up a victory on the three-meter board at the Giant Eagle Zippy Invitational. Lee scored 452.05 points for 11 dives to easily win the competition by more than 20 points over the second place finisher.
Doug Fleming, Senior, Eastern Michigan (Burlington, Ont./Nelson HS)
Fleming won three individual events and was on the winning end of two relays in EMU's victory at the EMU Invitational, Dec. 3-4. Fleming captured the 200 yard backstroke on Friday in 1:48.06, and legged in the first-place 400 medley relay.
Rick Wade, Senior, Ohio, (Wooster, Ohio/Wooster HS)
Wade led the Bobcats with two second place finishes at the eight-team Akron Invitational. He racked up a score of 267.50 in the one-meter event and compiled a career-high 430.70 tally in the three-meter dive.
OTHER WOMEN NOMINATED:
Addison Del Rio, Freshman, Ball State, (Munster, Ind./Munster H.S.)
Del Rio helped guide the Cardinals to second place at the Zippy Invite. She Captured first place in the 200 IM with a clocking of 2:07.23, while placing 13th in the 200 back (2:09.87) and 15th in the 100 breast (1:08.68).
Dana Schultz, Junior, Bowling Green, (Woodstock, Ill./Woodstock HS)
Schultz helped the Falcons to a third place finish at the Notre Dame Invitational. Schultz had a first place finish in the 100 fly (56.65) and second in the 200 fly (2:03.91). She was a member of the 800 free relay team that finished third (7:44.31) and the 200 medley relay team that finished sixth (1:49.48).
Jennefer Brankovsky, Senior, Buffalo (Toronto, Ontario/Don Mills CI)
Brankovsky set three school records and finished second in all three races at the Giant Eagle Zippy Invitational. Brankovsky broke Dawn Hickey's 500 freestyle record with a 4:57.97 clocking. She then broke the mark in the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.63 and finished by lowering her own record in the 200 butterfly with a 2:03.02 finish.
Maddy Pilchard, Freshman, Eastern Michigan, (Marietta, Ga./George Walton)
Pilchard continued on her impressive freshman campaign at the EMU Invitational, Dec. 3-4. Pilchard was on the winning end of one event, had one second-place finish, and tallied third place three times between the Friday and Saturday sessions. She won the 500 yard freestyle in 4:59.34, nearly four seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
Milla Kuurto, Junior, Marshall, (Lohja,Finland/Lohja HS)
Kuurto helped Marshall to an overall third place finish this past weekend at the Miami Invitational. Kuurto participated in five individual events and five relays. In the individual events she had first place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.35) and the 100-yard freestyle (51.63), finished second in the 50-yard freestyle (24.02) and the 100-yard butterfly (55.40) and third in the 200-yard butterfly (2:05.56). Kuurto was a member of three school record setting relay teams including the 400-yard medley (3:56.24), the 800-yard freestyle ( 7:35.39) and the 400-yard freestyle (3:30.31).
Christin Eberst, Junior, Miami, (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa HS)
Eberst won both the one-meter and three-meter competitions at the Miami Invitational, which the RedHawks won over eight other schools this weekend. In the one-meter event, Eberst earned 279.90 points (six dives), just over 35 ahead of Marshall's Casey Mulholland (244.05). In the three-meter event, Eberst finished with 498.25 points (11 dives), almost 70 ahead of Mulholland (428.50).
Ilse Petersen, Freshman, Ohio, (Johannesburg, South Africa/Deutsche Schule)
Petersen earned 109.5 of Ohio's 881 points in finishing 6th place out of nine teams at the Akron Invitational. She finished in second place in the 200 freestyle with a season-best time of 1:52.50 and third in the 500 freestyle with a season-best time of 4:58.13.
Makenzie Manard, Sophomore, Toledo, (Canton, OH/Canton McKinley HS)
Led the team in three of the four events she swam in at the Eastern Michigan Inviational, including the 500 freestyle (fifth), 200 IM (11th) and 400 IM (eighth).