Athlete of the Week

Updated 2/10/1998

Buffalo - John Nilles ­ Picked up first in 50 free (21.38) and was a member of the first-place 400 free relay team (3:08.85) against Notre Dame. Placed first in 50 free (21.30) and 100 free (46.59) in dual meet loss to Cleveland State.

Toledo - Dan Fries ­ Had three individual first-place finishes and one relay first. Placed first in 50 free (21.47) and 100 free (47.19) against Cleveland State. Also, was a member of the first-place 200 free relay team (1:26.64). Against Ohio, finished first in 50 free (21.59), third in 100 free (47.29) and was a member of the second-place 400 free relay team (3:08.57

Other Notable Performances

Ball State - Louwrens Appelcryn ­ Was the only double winner in BSU's win over Bowling Green. Captured the 100 free (9:48.00) and 200 back (1:56.73).

Bowling Green - Jeff Allen ­ Placed first on the three-meter (261.75) and one-meter (236.85) boards in dual meet loss at Ball State.

Eastern Michigan - Mark Leonard ­ Placed first in 1,000 free (9:26.37) and 500 free (4:37.19) against Miami. Also, finished third in 200 fly (1:56.33).

Miami - Kevin Northup ­ Picked up a pair of wins in Miami's narrow loss to Eastern Michigan. Captured 200 individual medley (1:54.17) and 200 fly (1:51.66) in season-best times.

Northern Illinois - Mick Coyne ­ Best finish was a second-place mark in the 400 individual medley (4:02.95) against Northwestern. Placed third in 100 back (52.99) and was a member of the third-place 200 medley relay team (1:38.03).

Ohio - Vermund Vetnes ­ Against Oakland, picked up first-place finishes in the 100 fly and 100 free. Was second in 200 individual medley and a member of second-place 400 medley relay team. Against Toledo, placed first in 200 free, 100 free and a member of first-place 400 free relay team.

Dual Meet Records

School - Overall Record - MAC Record

Ball State - 3-7 - 1-4

Bowling Green - 3-9 - 0-6

Buffalo - 5-3 - 1-1

Eastern Michigan - 8-1 - 4-0

Miami - 8-3 - 5-2

Northern Illinois - 4-3 - 2-2

Ohio - 3-6 - 1-3

Toledo - 8-1 - 5-0


CARDINALS DEFEAT BUTLER . . . : Ball State posted the fastest time in all 14 events on Wednesday and defeated Butler 160-89 at the Natatorium in Indianapolis. A number of Cardinals earned their initial collegiate victories in the meet. Senior Jeff Karr achieved the feat when he went a career-best 2:12.26 to claim the 200 breast. Junior Rob Christy went 1:57.69 in the 200 fly to manage his first win as a Cardinal. Freshmen Matthew Smith and Derek Juffer also earned their initial wins by going 1:48.38 in the 200 free and 1:01.23 in the 100 breast, respectively. Another freshman, Nick Badgett, earned his first victory with a clocking of 49.53 in the 100 free. In another notable performance, sophomore Thomas Moore went a career-best 1:58.98 to claim the 200 back.

. . . AND BOWLING GREEN: The Cardinals captured the meet's first 10 events Saturday en route to a 168-73 victory over Bowling Green in BSU's Lewellen Aquatic Center. Freshman Matt Pavlovich went a career-best 1:58.63 in the 200 individual medley to earn his first victory as a Cardinal. Freshman John Hubbard managed his first win as a Cardinal with a time of 4:52.78 in the 500 free. Sophomore Louwrens Appelcryn was the meet's only double victor -- capturing the 1,000 free (9:48.00) and 200 back (1:56.73). The win increased his team-leading total to 11 for the season. Those are part of a team-leading 21 top-three finishes.

NEXT UP -- THE MAC CHAMPIONSHIPS: Ball State will take the next three weeks to prepare for the Mid-American Conference Championships, which will be held March 4-6 in Ypsilanti, Mich. BSU scored 392 points at the 1998 league meet and finished fifth. The 1993 squad earned the school's highest finish when it placed second with 625.5 points.

BOWLING GREEN NOTES: The Falcons are off until the MAC Championships (March 4-6). BGSU placed sixth at last year's championship.

EMU CONTINUES STEAK WITH CLOSE WIN OVER MIAMI: Eastern Michigan, which has not lost a meet since being beaten by Michigan State, kept its streak alive with a 130-113 win against visiting Miami on Feb. 6. Mark Leonard pulled in first-place finishes in the 1,000 free (9:26.37) and 500 free (4:37.19) and was third in the 200 fly (1:56.33). Also recording wins for the Eagles were: Eric Seidelman in the 200 free (1:41.65), Chris Dix in the 100 free (45.90), and Josh Bateman in the 200 back (1:53.77). EMU also swept the relay events, with the team of Dix, Seidelman, Bryan Szweda and Steve Dalton recording a time of 3:03.90 in the 400 free relay and Bateman, Dix, Mark Dell and Bryson Tan going 3:26.32 in the 400 medley relay.

NEXT TIME IN THE WATER: The Eagles will wrap up their regular season on Feb. 13 when they host Toledo at home at 1 p.m.

MIAMI FALLS TO EASTERN MICHIGAN: Miami absorbed a tight MAC loss to defending league champion Eastern Michigan this past weekend. The RedHawks picked up a total of five first-place finishes, with Kevin Northup claiming two. Miami also swept the diving events, with Andrew Campbell winning the three meter and Brian Davis capturing the one-meter board. Miami is off until the MAC Swimming and Diving Championship.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS NOTES: Northern Illinois found rough waters at Northwestern's Norris Aquatic Center as the host Wildcats took first place in all 13 events to defeat non-conference foe NIU 170-67 on Friday (Feb. 5). Mick Coyne battled to a 4:02.95 for second place in the 400 individual medley and a third-place showing in the 100 back (52.99). Stewart Smith raced his way to a second-place result in the 50 free thanks to a 21.61, just behind the winning time of 21.32. Stewart also swam the final leg of NIU's 200 free relay team (Peter Cabo, Tim Griffin, and Jon Worcester) which placed second in 1:26.36.