MAC Names Women's Swimmer of the Week

Updated 1/27/2009

Emily Haifley ? Ball State


Freshman - Roanoke, Ind./Homestead

Posted a school-record time of 2:19.49 in the 200 Breaststroke, topping the previous record by almost two seconds, to earn first place in the event. She also swam a season-best time of 1:05.13 in the 100 Breaststroke, which is the third-fastest individual time in school history, to win the event. Haifley also helped lead the 200 Medley Relay squad to a second-place time of 1:49.19.


Additional Women’s Nominees


Cathyrn Collins ? Akron

Junior - Hilton Head, S.C./Hilton Head HS

The junior picked up a pair of wins in Akron's loss to Buffalo last weekend finishing first in 200-yard butterfly (2:06.45) more than five seconds ahead of teammate Kylie Bombrys (2:11.85). Collins also tapped the wall first in the 500-yard freestyle with a team and season-best 5:01.16. Collins added a second place finish in the 200-yard individual medley (2:10.86) while helping the UA freestyle relay team earn a first place victory in the 400-yard free relay (3:33.38).


Meg Richardson ? Bowling Green

Junior - Springfield, Ohio

Co-captain Meg Richardson swam a strong meet against Toledo.  Meg took first place while also setting a new personal best in 100-yard freestyle, swimming in an even 53 seconds.  She also took second in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.69, only one second away from beating her personal best.  Meg was also apart of the BGSU 200-yard freestyle relay that took second place, in 1.38.06, as well as the 200-yard medley relay team that took third with a time of 1:48.00


Jessica Ballard ? Buffalo

Junior - Hilton Head, SC/Hilton Head

Ballard won five individual events and was part of a winning relay as the Bulls swept Niagara and Akron over the weekend. Ballard took the 200 freestyle in a season-best, 1:55.09 and the 100 breaststroke (1:09.13) against the Purple Eagles on Friday. On Saturday she won both backstroke races, finishing the 200 in a season-best 2:06.53, and the 100 in 58.58, as well as the 200 IM (2:08.51). Ballard also swam the backstroke portion of the victorious 200 medley relay (1:45.96) to help the Bulls defeat MAC rival Akron.


Alissa Ricard ? Eastern Michigan

Senior ? Tucson, Ariz.-Catalina Foothills

Helped the Eagles to a 2-0 weekend, defeating Wayne State, the No. 1 team in DII, and Ball State. Against Wayne State, was part of winning 400 medley relay team (3:57.11) while winning the 200 free (1:54.03) and 100 free (52.89). Against Ball State, Ricard won the 200 free (1:55.07) and 50 free (24.60) while finishing runner-up in the 100 free (53.66). She was also part of the runner-up 800 freestyle relay team (7:50.91)


Alyson Schmidt ? Miami

Senior - Maineville, Ohio/Kings

In Miami's 165.5-132.5 victory over rival Ohio, Alyson Schmidt led the way with three first-place finishes and one second-place finish. In the 200 medley relay, she swam an anchor leg time of :23.12 as Miami won in a time of 1:44.35. In victory number two, the 100 freestyle, she had a winning time of :51.63. In her third victory, swimming the third leg of the 800 freestyle relay, Alyson's individual time of 1:54.56 contributed to Miami's win in that event (7:34.91). In her only other race of the day, the 500 free, Alyson placed second behind Ohio's Chelsey Bower by just .08 -- :23.70 to :23.78)


Ashley Marion ? Ohio

Senior - London, Ontario/Banting SS

Ashley helped lead Ohio to a fifth-straight dual-meet win Jan. 20 at Marshall, swimming the third leg on the winning 400 medley relay team (4:04.45), while touching first in her only other event, the 400 IM (4:31.44). On Saturday at Miami, Ashley won the 200 IM in an Ohio season-best 2:05.43, while taking second in the 200 free (1:51.14) and 200 back (2:02.25). Her time in the 200 free was a lifetime best and the sixth-fastest time in Ohio history, while both times were Ohio season bests.


Meghan Reissig ? Toledo

Junior ? Rochester, N.Y. (Victor)

Reissig was first in the 200 back with a UT season-best time of 2:03.84 and also won the 200 IM (2:06.75). She also participated in the 200 medley relay for the Rockets, which took first place with a time of 1:45.23.


Previous Women’s Swimmers of the Week

Oct. 21: Jacy Dyer, Toledo

Oct. 28: Kasey Carpenter, Miami

Nov. 4: Stephanie Zielinski, Akron

Nov. 11: Allison Stevens, Miami; and Ashley Marion Ohio

Nov. 18: Cathryn Collins, Akron

Nov. 26: Mary Ehresman, Ball State

Dec. 3: no competition

Dec. 10: Malarie Schmidt, Miami; and Jacy Dyer, Toledo

Dec. 17: Emily Haifley, Ball State

Jan. 13: Katie Carter, Akron

Jan. 20: Sarah Bullock, Miami


Last Week’s Women’s Results

January 20 ? Tuesday

Ohio 175, at Marshall 125


January 23 ? Friday

* at Toledo 180, Bowling Green 118

at Buffalo 143, Niagara 83

at Eastern Michigan 155, Wayne State 82


January 24 ? Saturday

* at Buffalo 163, Akron 137

* at Miami 165.5, Ohio 132.5

*Eastern Michigan 177.5, at Ball State 120.5


Upcoming Women’s Schedule

January 30 ? Friday

*Toledo at Akron, 5 pm

Kenyon/Xavier at Ohio, 5 pm

St. Bonaventure at Buffalo, 6 pm


January 31 ? Saturday

*Ball State at Ohio, 1 pm

*Miami at Eastern Michigan, 1 pm