Buffalo sweeps MAC Swimmer of the Week Awards

Updated 11/14/2007

MAC Women’s Swimmer of the Week

Nov. 12, 2007


Andrea Lehner - Buffalo

Sophomore ? Lockport, N.Y./Orchard Park HS


In Friday’s meet against Eastern Michigan, Lehner won two individual events and was part of a winning relay team as she broke the UB record in winning the 500-yard freestyle in 4:56.97, slicing more than a second and a half off the previous mark of 4:57.97 set by Jennefer Brankovsky in 2005. Lehner also won the 200-yard individual medley in a season-best 2:04.13, cutting four seconds off her previous top time. In Saturday’s matchup with Ball State, Lehner took three individual titles. She opened the meet with a victory in the 200-yard freestyle, turning in a time of 1:52.44. She then posted a season-best mark in the 100-yard freestyle touching the wall in 51.64 as the Bulls scored the top three finishers in the race and finished off the meet with a victory in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:07.04.


Additional Women’s Nominations

Lauren Parr ? Akron

Sophomore- Masillion, Ohio/Jackson HS

This weekend versus Ball State sophomore Lauren Parr had personal best times in the 100 and 200 butterfly. She won the 200 with a time of 2:06.32 and claimed second place in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 57.94. She was second in the 200 individual medley (2:10.39) and was the anchor leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay.  Versus EMU on Saturday, Parr swam the 500-yard freestyle for the first time this season. She won with a time of 5:09.01. She also took first in the 200-yard individual medley (2:11.46) and the 200-yard butterfly (2:07.48).


Addison Del Rio ? Ball State

Senior ? Munster, Ind./Munster HS

Del Rio helped the Cardinals to a 161-139 win at Akron Friday, Nov. 9.  Del Rio took first place in the 100 breast with a top time of 1:07.24.  Del Rio also took top honors int he 100 free after clocking in a time of 53.35.  The senior was also a member of the foursome who won the 200 free relay (1:49.48).  In a loss to Buffalo Del Rio too first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:09.76.


Alisha Yee ? Bowling Green

Junior ? Las Cruces, N.M./Las Cruces HS

Alisha Yee won 6 of 7 events she swam in for the Falcons against Ohio and Miami.  The junior took the 200 yard IM in 2:07.64 and the 200 yard back in 2:06.14 Friday night against the Bobcats.  In addition, she swam the opening leg of the Falcons victorious 200 yard IM relay team that same night.  The following day against Miami, Yee collected 3 more wins.  This time finishing first in the 100 yard back with a time of 58.44, the 200 yard back with a time of 2:05.30, and the 200 yard IM in 2:08.76.  Her lone second place finish came as a member of the 400 medley relay team.


Sheila Carson ? Eastern Michigan

Sophomore ? Marilla, N.Y./Iroquois HS

Against Buffalo, helped the Eagles remain undefeated all-time versus the Bulls with a win in the 200 breaststroke, to go along with two second place finishes in the 200 medley relay and 200 IM...Versus Akron, won the 100 breaststroke, as well as the 400 medley relay.


Allison Stevens ? Miami

Junior ? Laurel, Md./James Hubert Blake HS

Junior Allison Stevens put together a great weekend in two Mid-American Conference meets. Against Toledo, Stevens registered a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle along with second-place finishes in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle. In Miami's win against Bowling Green, Stevens won the 200 butterfly, 100 butterfly and was the opening leg of the 200 free relay team that won. For the weekend, Stevens collected four wins and two second-place finishes.


Rachel Heim ? Ohio

Freshman ? San Diego, Calif./Horizon

Ohio freshman Rachel Heim had an outstanding week for the Bobcats with two first place finishes and two second place finishes for the week. Against Bowling Green Heim touched the wall first in the 100-yard freestyle (52.72) and swam the third leg of Ohio’s second-place 200-yard medley relay team (1:48.74). On Saturday against Toledo, the San Diego, Calif. native took first in the 100-yard butterfly (56.42) and second in the 200-yard butterfly (2:06.57).


Leah Woodard ? Toledo

Senior - San Antonio, Texas/Churchill

Woodard qualified for the 50-yard freestyle NCAA 'B' pool with a time of 22.96, the first person from UT to do so. Also broke the 100-yard freestyle team record (50.73). Took part in the pool record breaking 200 and 400 medley relay and 400 freestyle relays.



MAC Men’s Swimmer of the Week

Zach Ruske ? Buffalo

Junior ? Superior, Colo./Monarch

Ruske had a strong weekend for the Bulls. In Friday’s meet with Eastern Michigan, he tied for the victory in the 200-yard freestyle in a season-best 1:44.32, cutting more than three seconds off his previous best for the season and later finished second to teammate Andrew Tamchyna as both swimmers turned in season-best times in the 200-yard backstroke. On Saturday, he took the 200-yard individual medley in 1:58.06 and later won the 100-yard freestyle in 47.95, lowering his season-best mark in the race by more than a half-second. Ruske also anchored UB's victorious 400-yard medley relay squad to a victory in 3:34.36.


Additional Nominations

Ben Battjes ? Ball State

Sophomore ? Elkhart, Ind./Elkhart Memorial

Battjes won the 50 free for the Cardinals in a loss at Buffalo.  The sophomore was also a member of the 200 free relay that took first place with a time of 1:29.47.


Steven Bowling ? Eastern Michigan

Senior ? Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc

Against Buffalo, finished first in 500 and 1,000 freestyle races in a 136.5-94.5 victory...EMU remains undefeated all-time against the Bulls


Paul Richard ? Miami

Senior ? Bowling Green, Ohio/Bowling Green HS

In Miami's win over Cleveland State on Saturday, senior Paul Ricard swam in three events and recorded three first place finishes and 29 points in the RedHawks' 137-106 win over the Vikings. In his first event, Ricard swam a season-best time of 9:32.19 in the 1000 freestyle, which gave him a first-place finish by over 10 seconds. Ricard registered another win in the 500 freestyle and capped off his meet with a win as a member of the 400 freestyle relay team that touched the wall first in a time of 3:07.81.