MAC Women's Swimmer of the Week

Updated 12/8/2009


For Immediate Release-Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009

MAC Women's Swimmer of the Week

Meg Richardson - Bowling Green - Senior, Springfield, Ohio (Springfield High School)

Meg Richardson had a record setting weekend, leading her team to a second place finish at the Calvin Winter Invitational.  On the second day of the invitational, Richardson set a new Bowling Green record in the 50-yard freestyle, posting a first-place time of 23.31 and her time in the 50 free also broke the pool record at Venema Aquatic Center.  Richardson had two more individual first-place showings, in the 100-yard freestyle (50.89) and the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.34).  Each of these times broke pool records and is Richardson's personal best times of the 2009-10 season.  All of Richardson's times in individual events are currently the fastest times in the MAC, to-date.  Richardson was also successful in her relay efforts, assisting the Falcons to four first-place finishes.  Richardson aided the Falcons in the 200-yard freestyle relay, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard medley relay.  Altogether, Richardson broke one school record, set three individual pool records and assisted in setting four new relay pool records.

Additional Nominees:

Chelsey Bower - Ohio - Senior, Bethel Park, Pa. (Bethel Park High School)

Chelsey Bower had an unbelievable weekend for the Bobcats at the 2009 Akron Invitational.  Bower quarterbacked the team to first place in the Invitational, as she had a hand in scoring 339 of the team's 1,318 points over the three-day meet. Bower won a total of five events (400 Medley Relay, 200 Free Relay, 800 Free Relay, 100 Free, 400 Free Relay) and added one third-place finish (200 Free) and one fourth-place finish (50 free). Of her victories, two were Akron Invitational all-time records as her 51.18 in the 100 Free (currently ranks second in the Mid-American Conference) and 3:27.03 in the 400 Free Relay (currently the best time in MAC) broke the previous Akron Invitational top times. 

Kelsey Vehr - Miami - Junior, Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Ursula Academy)

Kelsey Vehr had a record-breaking weekend at the 16th Annual Miami Invitational, swimming to four victories, reaching the Div. 1 B qualifying standard in three of the races, and accumulating 269 of a possible 288 points in six finals. Vehr won the 100 breaststroke (1:02.26, Div. 1-B), the 200 breaststroke (2:14.72, Div. 1-B, pool and meet record) and swam the second leg of the 200 medley relay (1:42.63, Div. 1-B) and the 400 medley relay (3:45.71). Miami won the Invitational by 883 points over second-place Florida Gulf Coast University.

Laura Heckroth - Toledo - Junior, Columbus, Ind. (Columbus North High School)

Laura Heckroth helped lead the Rockets to a third-place showing this weekend at the Eastern Michigan Invitational. Heckroth picked up her first victory of the season in the 200 free as she held off Eastern Michigan's Sarah Kowalski, winning in a time of 1:51.35. She also earned a win in the 500 free and narrowly missed an NCAA "B" cut time with her 4:53.80 mark.  Heckroth also excelled on Toledo's free relay teams and helped the 800 squad take second (7:33.19), while the 400 team took third (3:29.18). Heckroth competed on Toledo's 'B' team in the 200 free (1:37.80) and 400 medley relay (3:55.51), both of which finished fifth.  She capped her busy weekend by placing ninth in the 100 free (53.21) and also swimming in the 1650 free (17:15.79), the 200 IM (2:09.77) and the 50 free (24.91).

Brynn Marecki - Buffalo - Sophomore, Livonia, Mich. (Livonia High School)

Brynn Marecki won one individual event and was part of a winning relay team helping the Bulls to a second-place finish at Akron's Zippy Invite. Marecki won the 100 breaststroke in a season-best 1:04.07. Marecki was also part of the 200 medley relay, swimming the breaststroke leg, as the Bulls set a pool and meet record in winning the race in 1:44.92. She also placed second in the 200 breaststroke in 2:22.33.

Maria Gramelspacher - Ball State - Junior, Jasper, Ind. (Jasper High School)

Maria Gramelspacher helped guide the Cardinals to four wins in dual meet action last weekend, by scoring three individual wins, one relay victory and a second-place individual clocking. In Friday's meet vs. Eastern Illinois, Gramelspacher swept the butterfly events, with the only sub-minute time in the 100 (57.42) and an effort of 2:07.33 in the 200. Her 100 fly time versus the Panthers ranks her in the top 8 in the MAC. She was also a member of the first-place 200 medley relay squad that posted a time of 1:48.90. Saturday, Gramelspacher helped guide the Cardinals to wins over IUPUI, Saint Louis and Western Illinois in a quad meet at the IUPUI Natatorium by scoring a first-place effort in the 200 IM (2:15.85) and a second-place swim of 1:57.70 in the 200 freestyle.

Sarah Kowalski - Eastern Michigan - Junior, Muncie, Ind. (Yorktown High School)

Sarah Kowalski turned in seven top-five finishes in leading the Eagles to a second place finish at the seven-team Eastern Michigan Invitational last weekend. She recorded her fourth win in the 100 free, swimming her fastest time of the season after touching the wall in 51.06. The junior narrowly missed a win in the 200 free only to fall shy by 14-tenths of a second. Kowalski also helped the 200 medley, 400 medley, 400 free and 800 free relay teams to top-five finishes, while adding a fifth place individual finish in the 50 free to cap off a busy, but successful day.

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

Nov. 24:  Elizabeth Spilman - Ball State