MAC Men's and Women's Swimmer of the Week

Updated 11/24/2009


For Immediate Release-Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009

MAC Women's Swimmer of the Week

Elizabeth Spilman - Ball State - Sophomore, Bristol, Ind. (Northridge High School)

Elizabeth Spilman helped guide the Cardinals to a first-place showing at the 2009 Doug Coers Invitational by posting a pair of event victories and a runner-up finish. Spilman started the meet by taking first place in the 500 free with a season-fast time of 5:09.57. On the meet's second day, Spilman opened with a first-place effort in the 200 free with a season-fast effort of 1:55.86. She followed with a second-place showing in the 1650 free with another season-best clocking of 18:03.30.

Additional Nominees:

Meili Carpenter - Buffalo - Senior, Boulder, CO. (Fairview High School)

Meili Carpenter won the one-meter title at the Arizona Wildcat Diving Invitational, scoring a final-round total of 301.20 for six dives. Carpenter was the only diver to total more than 300 points in the final as she finished ahead of divers from Arizona State, BYU, Northern Arizona, Stanford and New Mexico. Carpenter also placed third in the three-meter championship final with a six-dive score of 289.00.

Previous Women's Swimmers of the Week

Oct. 21:  Ashley Cusack - Toledo

Oct. 27: Jordan Deren - Buffalo

Nov. 3:   Rachel Heim - Ohio

Nov. 10:  Rachel Heim - Ohio

Nov. 18:  Chelsey Bower - Ohio

MAC Men's Swimmer of the Week

Ben Battjes - Ball State - Senior, Elkhart, Ind. (Elkhart Memorial High School)

Ben Battjes helped guide the Cardinals to a second-place showing at the 2009 Doug Coers Invitational. On the first day of action, Battjes took home top billing in the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.49. He also swam the first leg for the winning 200 freestyle relay that logged a time of 1:25.88. On the second day of competition, Battjes helped guide the Cardinals to a win in the 400 freestyle relay, swimming the first leg for the squad that posted a time of 3:10.82. He also swam to a fourth-place showing in the 100 butterfly (54.88) and a fifth-place effort in the 100 freestyle (48.56) at the meet.

Additional Nominees:

Josh Fletcher, Evansville - Senior, Bedford, Ind. (Bedford-North Lawrence High School)

Josh Fletcher helped the Aces' swimming & diving team to a third-place finish out of eight teams at the Washington University Invitational in St. Louis over the weekend. Fletcher took first in the three-meter boards with a score of 430.00. He then took fourth in the one-meter after scoring 412.20.

Previous Men's Swimmers of the Week

Oct. 21:  Roko Simunic - Missouri State

Oct. 27:  Chris Gunnels - Miami

Nov. 3:   Nicolas Villaroel- Missouri State

Nov. 10:  Niklas Gustafsson - Missouri State

Nov. 18:  Jacob Hanson - Eastern Michigan