Ohio Sweeps MAC Swimmer of the Week Honors

Updated 11/14/2006

Women’s Swimmer of the Week:

Ilse Petersen


Jr. ● (Johannesburg, South Africa/Deutsche Schule)

Ilse won five events in six tries last weekend in Bobcat victories over Akron and Denison. Additionally, Petersen picked up a second place finish on the 800 Freestyle Relay. Petersen displayed her versatility in winning 100(53.33)-500(5:04.22)-1000(10:24.94) freestyle distances and the 400 Medley and 400 Freestyle Relays.


Other Nominees:

Allison Stevens


So. ● (Laurel, Md. /James Hubert Blake)

Helping Miami to a pair of dual meet wins over Wright State and Eastern Michigan last weekend, Stevens won four individual events, including three against the defending Mid-American Conference Champion Eagles on Saturday. Stevens opened her weekend by placing first in the 100 butterfly Friday against Wright State, and she added first-place times in the 100 and 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly against Eastern Michigan. Stevens' time in the 100 butterfly against Wright State (57.30) was a career-best mark, while her time in the 200 free (1:53.22) against Eastern Michigan was a season-best time. Miami's victory against Eastern Michigan also was its 43rd straight MAC dual meet win dating back to the 2002 season.  


Kendall Karchner


Fr. (Maumee, Ohio/Maumee)

Kendall Karchner led the Zips swimming and diving team to a sweep of Clarion, Duquesne and Oakland in quad-meet action on Saturday afternoon at the Ocasek Natatorium. She swept both backstroke events for the second time this season. The Maumee, Ohio native topped 14 other swimmers in the 100 yard back with a time of 58.70 and won the 200 yard back with a mark of 2:06.69.


Becky Renkola

Eastern Michigan

Jr. (Oakland, Mich. /Shrine)

Renkola posted NCAA Zone Championship qualifying scores in the three- meter dive in both a tri-meet against Oakland and Princeton and against Miami. She posted a MAC best 316.95 score during the tri-meet and 311.15 score against the RedHawks. She also finished second in the one-meter dive in both meets.


Meili Carpenter


Fr. (Boulder, CO/Fairview)

Won the one-meter diving event with a six-dive total of 272.93 and finished second in the three-meter event in the Bulls' 137-157 loss to Toledo on Saturday.  So far this season, Carpenter has won every one-meter board event she has competed in, while taking two three-meter events and finishing second in the two meets she didn't win. 


Brittany Sayler

Ball State

Sr. ● (Crawfordsville, Ind. /Southmont)

Senior Brittany Sayler earned two individual first place finishes along with helping her relay team take first place for a 190-110 victory on Saturday at Bowling Green.  Sayler won the 100 back after clocking in a time of 57.90.  Sayler recorded a time of 2:05.12 to win the 200 back.  She closed out the meet by helping the Cardinals earn a first place finish in the 800 free relay (1:47.89).

Toledo did not have any Swimmer of the Week Nominations

Eastern Michigan’s Women swim team will be idle until December.

Bowling Green did not have any Swimmer of the Week nominations and Bowling Green will not return to action until December.

Men’s Swimmer of the Week:

Luke Herlehy


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

Luke won the 1000 freestyle, 500 freestyle and was a member of the victorious 400 Free Relay in Saturday's win over Denison University. Herlehy is undefeated at home in the 2006-07 campaign, and has stretched his winning streak to six straight. Luke accounted for 20.25 points in the Bobcat's victory over NCAA Division III Championships runner-up Denison. Herlehy has led the Bobcat's to a 2-1 record, the first time they have been .500 or better in over 5 years.


Other Nominees:

Paul Ricard


Sr. ● (Bowling Green, Ohio/Bowling Green)
In Miami's pair of non-conference dual meets, Ricard swept the distance freestyle events against Wright State and added two second-place finishes against No. 13 Ohio State. On Friday against the Raiders, Ricard placed first in the both the 500 and 1,000 freestyle, and he followed by finishing second in the same two events against the nationally-ranked Buckeyes. Ricard has won four distance freestyle events this season.


Dan Whol

Eastern Michigan

Sr. ● (Sandusky, Ohio/Perkins)

In a tri-meet sweep over defending Ivy League champion Princeton and defending Mid-Continent Conference champion Oakland, Wohl swam a MAC best time of 1:52.94 in the 200-yard IM. He also swam anchor on the second place 400-yard freestyle relay team.

Buffalo did not compete last week.

Ball State did not compete last week.

Eastern Michigan’s Men swim team will return to action in December.