MAC Men's Swimmer of the Week

Updated 10/27/2009

MAC Men's Swimmer of the Week

Chris Gunnels - Miami

Sophomore- Chapel Hill, N.C. (Chapel Hill High School)

Miami sophomore Chris Gunnels enjoyed a perfect day against Xavier on Saturday, placing first in all three events he entered. In the meet's first event, Gunnels led off the 400-yard medley relay, a race the RedHawks won (3:30.14). Gunnels sprinted to victory (51.30) in the 100-yard backstroke. Those two races represented two of his top four backs ever. Finally, in the 100 freestyle, he triumphed in a solid effort (46.53). Miami defeated Xavier by a score of 291-230, with Gunnels personally accounting for 29 points.

Additional Nominees

Nicolas Villarroel, Missouri State - Senior, Caracas, Venezuela

Senior Nicolas Villaroel notched a first place finish against Western Illinois and two second-place finishes against Iowa on Oct. 24.  Villarroel placed first in his only race against Western Illinois in the 100 backstroke (52.92).  He also finished second against Iowa in the 100 backstroke (50.24) and the 200 backstroke (1:51.36).

Brandon Long, Evansville - Sophomore, Jackson, Tenn.
After taking a 12-day hiatus from competition, Evansville sophomore Brandon Long returned to the pool with strong performances for the Aces against Eastern Illinois on Saturday. In his first event, Long placed first in the 1000 freestyle (10:26.10) and then took third in the 500 freestyle (5:05.50).

Jared Heine, Buffalo, Sophomore, Corry, Pa.
Heine took second in two individual events in the win over Duquesne last Friday, earning second in the 200 freestyle (1:44.85) and 100 freestyle (47.42). Prior to the final event, the Bulls and the Dukes were tied 110-110. Heine was a member of the winning 400 freestyle relay (3:07.69) that secured the 123-114 win for the Bulls.

Previous Men's Swimmers of the Week

Oct. 21: Roko Simunic - Missouri State