Athlete of the Week

Updated 2/10/1999

Ball State - Janene Heaton ­ Collected four individual first-place finishes. Swam the fourth fastest 400 individual medley (4:37.78) in school history against Butler. Won all three events against Bowling Green. Captured 100 breast (1:08.62), 500 free (5:11.55) and 200 individual medley (2:10.69).

Ohio - Joanne Park ­ Against Oakland, won three individual events (100 fly, 200 free and 200 breast). Also was a member of first-place 400 medley relay team. Recorded first-place marks in 200 individual medley and 100 free at Toledo. Was a member of first-place 400 medley relay team which set a pool record of 3:56.41.

Other Notable Performances

Bowling Green - Laura Segerlin ­ Took first on the one-meter board (254.78) and third on three-meter board (196.35) against Akron. Against Ball State, captured first on three-meter board (255.45) and third on one-meter board (224.05).

Buffalo - Michelle Bricknell ­ Placed first in 100 back (1:02.51) and 200 individual medley (2:17.46) against Cleveland State.

Eastern Michigan - Sarah Conger ­ Recorded two individual first-place marks and one relay first-place finish in loss to Miami. Won 50 free (24.65) and 100 free (53.60). Was a member of first-place 200 medley relay team.

Miami - Cassie Eakins ­ Had personal-best scores in one-meter (267.90) and three-meter (273.68) dives. Won both events in dual meet win over Eastern Michigan.

Northern Illinois - Heather Gagliano ­ Broke own school record with 291.90 points in one-meter dive against No. 12 Northwestern. Also, placed first on the three-meter board (264.75).

Toledo - Marsha Clouthier ­ Against Cleveland State, placed first in 500 free (5:04.64) and tied for second in 50 free (25.72). In dual meet loss to Ohio, placed second in 200 individual medley (2:09.59) and 500 free (5:05.53). Also, was a member of the first-place 400 free relay team (3:36.28).

Dual Meet Records

School - Overall Record - MAC Record

Akron - 1-9 - 0-5

Ball State - 9-5 - 5-3

Bowling Green - 5-8 - 1-6

Buffalo - 7-4 - 2-2

Eastern Michigan - 8-3 - 4-2

Miami - 10-4 - 5-1

Northern Illinois - 4-4 - 2-2

Ohio - 11-0 - 5-0

Toledo - 4-6 - 2-4


AKRON FALL TO BOWLING GREEN: Akron lost its final dual meet of the year on Friday, with Bowling Green coming out on top, 148-82. The Zips set numerous personal-bests in the meet, and improved upon four school records, including both diving events. Head coach Brian Vereb's squad does not return to action until the Mid-American Conference Championships, to be held at Miami in Oxford, Ohio, Feb. 25-27.

BUTLER GETS "DUNN" IN: Senior Jessica Dunn won two events and took part on a winning relay to help Ball State to a 175-85 victory at Butler on Wednesday. Dunn captured the 50 free in a season-best time of 24.77 and won the 100 free in a clocking of 54.38. She also joined sophomore Sarah Beltrame, senior Elizabeth Badgett and freshman Ancheri Luus on a victorious 200 free relay (1:40.11). Sophomore Erinn Hitch also won two events and took part in a winning relay. She won the 200 fly (2:08.22) and the 100 fly (59.25) after having earlier joined Badgett, freshman Mandy Hammond and junior Korinne Runge on a 400 medley relay that finished first in a time of 4:10.15. Freshman Janene Heaton swam the fourth-fastest race ever by a Cardinal (4:33.78) to win the 400 individual medley

GETTIN' HITCHED ISN'T ENJOYABLE FOR BOWLING GREEN: Erinn Hitch improved her winning streak in the 200 fly to 17 straight meets when she swam a season-best 2:05.41 to capture the event against Bowling Green. It is the 10th-fastest time in Ball State history. Hitch also prevailed in the 100 fly (59.18) to help BSU to a 191-107 win. Janene Heaton posted three wins. She won the 100 breast (1:08.62) before swimming a career-best 5:11.55 to claim the 500 free. Heaton later prevailed in the 200 individual medley with the 19th-fastest time in Ball State history (2:10.69).

BSU TO COMPETE AT MAC: Ball State will use the next two weeks to get ready for the Mid-American Conference Championships, which will be held Feb. 25-27 in Oxford, Ohio. Ball State scored 556.50 points to finish third at the meet last season. It was the university's third straight third-place finish. That matches the placing of the 1990 squad as the best in team annals.

BOWLING GREEN NOTES: The Falcons won eight of 11 individual events against Akron. The eight events were won by eight different people. The Falcons are off until the MAC Swimming and Diving Championships, Feb. 25-27. BGSU placed sixth at last year's meet.

MIAMI HANDS EMU SECOND MAC LOSS: The visiting Miami RedHawks handed the Eagles their second Mid-American Conference loss and only third loss of the season on Feb. 5 in Ypsilanti. Miami beat EMU 143-100 to put the Eagles at 8-3 overall and 4-2 in the MAC. Sarah Conger continued her dominance in the freestyle events with a first place in the 50 free (24.65) and 100 free (53.60) in the win. Conger also teamed up with Jennifer Arnold, Kristin Keery, and Lisa Kostamo for a first-place 200 medley relay win. In addition to the first place on the relay team, Arnold was also first in the 200 fly (2:08.22) and finished second in the 200 individual medley (2:13.04). Keery was first in the 200 breast (2:24.65) to round out EMU's first-place finishers. Amy Friend set two season best times, with a third-place finish in the 1,000 free (10:31.42) and a third in the 500 free (5:06.41). Nicole Lorence also set a season-best time with her seventh-place finish in the 500 free (5:23.82).

NEXT TIME IN THE WATER: The Eagles close out their season with a home meet on Feb. 13 against Toledo.

MIAMI CONTINUES TO ROLL: Miami now has won five MAC dual meets in a row, knocking off Eastern Michigan this past weekend. Miami captured eight first-place finishes, led by Cassie Eakins and Katherine Sheridan, who each tallied two wins. Eakins' score of 267.90 in the one-meter dive was a Miami season best. Sheridan once again demonstrated dominance in the distance events, sweeping the 1,000 and 500 freestyle events.

GAGLIANO SPRINGS TO LIFE: Heather Gagliano sprang to life, literally, for Northern Illinois in its non-conference dual against Northwestern. The senior diver broke her own school record with Friday's (Feb. 5) 291.90 first-place performance at NU's Norris Aquatic Center. The new mark surpasses the one she set Jan. 24, 1997 against Illinois-Chicago. Ann Schmitt provided the only other Huskie first-place showing by winning the 500 free in a time of 5:07.68. Kelly Amundson backed up Schmitt in that event with a second-place time of 5:08.83. NIU's women slip to 4-4 overall and remain 2-2 in the Mid-American Conference. The Huskies break from competition until the 1999 Mid-American Conference Championships.