MAC Announces Men's Swimmer of the Week

Updated 1/29/2008



MAC Men’s Swimmer of the Week

Derick Roe - Eastern Michigan

Junior - Sidney, Ohio-Sidney

In win against Ball State, won the 100 freestyle (46.44), as well as the 200 freestyle (1:44.38).  Roe was also part of the winning 200 medley relay team (1:33.67) and the 400 freestyle team that finished with a time of 3:10.03.


Additional Nominees

Zach Ruske   - Buffalo

Junior ? Superior, Colorado (Monarch HS)

Ruske anchored UB's winning 400-yard medley relay as he caught Miami's final swimmer within the final 10 yards and touched the wall ahead of his opponent by two-tenths of a second as the Bulls posted a season-best time of 3:31.56. He also won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:52.19 as the Bulls took the top three spots in the race. Ruske also finished second in the 200-yard freestyle by nine-hundredths of a second.


Darin Smith ? Miami

Freshman ? Barksdale AFB, La. (Loyola HS)

With top distance swimmer Paul Ricard not swimming, freshman Darin Smith stepped up and notched two big wins for Miami in its 138-105 win at Buffalo on Saturday. Smith earned Miami's first top-finish of the day as he defeated Buffalo's Connor Vander Zalm by two-hundredths of a second in the 1000 freestyle. Smith swam a time of 9:42.82 in the 1000 freestyle. Later in the meet after Buffalo collected a 1-2-3 finish in the 200 backstroke, Smith picked Miami up with another win in the 500 freestyle. Smith touched the wall first in a time of 4:43.72 and won the event by just over two seconds. 



Previous Men’s Swimmers of the Week

Oct. 16: Connor Vander Zalm ? Buffalo

Oct. 24:  Michael McDowell ? Buffalo

Oct. 30: Darin Smith ? Miami

Nov. 5: Zach Ruske, Buffalo

Nov. 12: No competition

Nov. 20: Ryan Franklin ? Ball State

Dec. 4: Michael McDowell - Buffalo

Jan. 15: Michael McDowell ? Buffalo

Jan. 22: Paul Ricard ? Miami

Jan. 29: Derrick Roe, Eastern Michigan