Miami's Paul Ricard Named MAC Men's Swimmer of the Week

Updated 1/30/2007

Men’s Swimmer of the Week:


Paul Ricard


Jr. ● (Bowling Green, Ohio/Bowling Green)

Ricard posted four individual victories in Miami's pair of road losses to Kenyon and Cleveland State. In a two-point loss at Kenyon, Ricard notched top swimming finishes in the 200 butterfly (1:52.21) and 500 freestyle (4:39.02) and was one of only two Miamians to post a pair of individual victories. Ricard followed by notching two of Miami's three individual wins at Cleveland State, sweeping the distance freestyle events. Against the Vikings, Ricard clocked in with a first-place time of 9:22.01 in the 1,000 freestyle and added a top finish in the 500 freestyle (4:33.97). 


Other Nominees:


Luke Herlehy


Jr. ● (Batavia, Ill. /Marmion Academy)


Herlehy won two events and added a second place finish in the Bobcat's 145-98 win over Ball State University. Herlehy touched the wall first in the 1000 Freestyle (9:49.09) the 500 Freestyle (4:41.62) and second in the 200 I.M. (1:58.10). Herlehy helped lead the recently announced discontinued Bobcats to a 5-2 dual meet record, their best in over 13 years.


Michael McDowell


Fr. ● (Rush, N.Y./Rush-Henrietta)


McDowell swept the diving competitions on Saturday vs. EMU as he scored a six-dive point total of 310.13 to easily capture the one- meter springboard event. He later went on to take the three-meter event with a six-dive total of 297.08 points, 1.35 points ahead of EMU's Matt Guinen, who exhibitioned the event.


Jason Piercey

Eastern Michigan

Sr. ● (Dayton, Ohio/Fairborn)


Piercey claimed the 200 (1:42.25) and 500-yard (4:36.76) freestyle races to help the Eagles down Buffalo, 137-93. The win moves EMU’s MAC regular-season dual meet victory total to 46 consecutive wins and continued the Eagles success over the Bulls, as UB has never defeated the EMU swimming and diving team moving the all-time record to a perfect 8-0 advantage.




Adam Konopka

Ball State

Sr. ● (Aurora, Ill./West Aurora)


Konopka took top honors in the 200 IM after collecting a time of 1:57.79 on Jan. 27 against Ohio.  The senior also won the 200 back with a time of 1:56.60.