MAC Announces Women's Swimmer of the Week

Updated 2/9/2010


For Immediate Release-Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010

MAC Women's Swimmer of the Week

Kendall Karchner, Akron - Senior, Maumee, Ohio. (Maumee High School)

Senior Kendall Karchner played an integral role in Akron's win over Bowling Green last week. The senior swept both backstroke events and assisted two Akron relay teams to victory as the Zips defeated the Falcons, 183-111. Karchner won both the 100-yard (57.35) and 200-yard backstroke (2:04.72) races in convincing fashion, finishing over three seconds ahead of the competition. Karchner also swam legs in the 200-yard medley and 800-yard freestyle relays, helping Akron to first place finishes.

Additional Nominees:

Emily Karwoski, Ball State - Senior, Zionsville, Ind. (North Central High School)

Senior Emily Karwoski led the Cardinals with two wins and a pair of runner-up finishes in Saturday's league showdown with Miami.  Karwoski collected her first event win in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:25.20. Three events later, she notched her second victory of the afternoon with a clocking of 2:12.58 in the 200 individual medley. Karwoski also added a second-place time of 1:07.41 in the 100 breaststroke and was a member of the second-place 200 medley relay which opened the meet with a time of 1:48.73.

Amanda Rom, Bowling Green - Sophomore, Cincinnati, Ohio (Ursuline Academy)

Rom took top honors finishing in first place in the 200-yard breaststroke posting a time of 2:26.01 last weekend against Akron.  Earlier in the meet, Amanda nabbed third in the 100-yard breast, touching in at 1:08.09.  In relay races, Rom assisted her 800-yard Falcon relay squad to a third place finish by swimming the third-leg of the relay race as well as swimming the third leg in the 200-yard medley relay, aiding the Falcons in a fourth place finish.

Caroline Simmons, Buffalo - Freshman, Stafford, Va. (Colonial Forge High School)

Freshman Caroline Simmons won two events and was a part of a first-place and second-place relay team in Buffalo's meet against Toledo. Simmons swept the sprint events, winning the 50 freestyle (23.64) and the 100 freestyle (51.60) and she also anchored the second-place 200 medley relay, which earned a season-best time of 1:44.28, and anchored the first-place 200 freestlye relay (1:35.17) against Toledo as well.

Briana Emig, Eastern Michigan - Freshman, Sewickley, Pa. (Ambridge High School)

Freshman Briana Emig turned in a pair of individual race wins along with swimming the anchor leg in the team's 800-yard free relay win by more than five seconds against Ohio last Saturday. In that relay, Emig tried to help the Eagles to a meet win, but Ohio's second and third place finish propelled the host Bobcats to a narrow two-point win. Emig's first individual win was in the 1,000-yard free in which she won by six seconds. She also turned in a win in the 500-yard free and finished fifth in the 200-yard free.

Leah Thornton, Miami - Freshman, Helena, Ala. (John Carroll Catholic High School)

Freshman Leah Thornton helped Miami to a 183.5 to 113.5 victory at Ball State last Saturday. Thornton captured individual firsts in the 200 butterfly (2:07.03) and the 200 backstroke (2:07.96), and swam the opening leg for the RedHawks' winning 200 medley relay team (1:48.43). The nation's top-ranked Mid-Major team improved its overall dual meet record to 9-4 and 5-2 against MAC teams.

Rachel Heim, Ohio - Junior, San Diego, Calif. (Horizon High School)

Junior Rachel Heim had another great day for the Bobcats (10-2, 5-2 MAC) last Saturday against Eastern Michigan, winning all four events in which she competed. Heim was on the winning 200 Medley Relay team that finished in a team season-best 1:44.64, took first in the 200 Freestyle with a season-best 1:53.11,  swam the fastest time in the 100 Butterfly and took first in the 200 IM. In a dual meet victory that was decided by a mere two points (151-149 final score), Heim was an integral part of the Ohio victory, earning 38 points for her team, a squad that has now won seven consecutive dual meets heading into the MAC Championships.

Laura Lindsay, Toledo - Sophomore, Uniontown, Ohio

Sophomore Laura Lindsay set two NCAA "B" cut times and also swam on Toledo's first place 200 medley relay team to help lead the Rockets to a 159-135 win over Buffalo, completing the team's undefeated MAC regular season record. Lindsay won the 100 breaststroke in a mark of 1:02.36, a season-best time for her and her fourth-consecutive meet hitting the "B" time in that event. It's also the second-fastest time in the MAC this year. Lindsay recorded another victory in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:16.13, both a season and MAC-best effort for her and her first "B" time in that event this season.  Lindsay also helped the 200 medley relay team record a victory with a time of 1:43.22, which is the second-fastest time in the MAC behind its own mark of 1:43.12 set against Ohio State.

Previous Women's Swimmers of the Week

Oct. 21:  Ashley Cusack - Toledo

Oct. 27:  Jordan Deren - Buffalo

Nov. 3:   Rachel Heim - Ohio

Nov. 10:  Rachel Heim - Ohio

Nov. 18:  Chelsey Bower - Ohio

Nov. 24:  Elizabeth Spilman - Ball State

Dec. 8:    Meg Richardson - Bowling Green

Dec. 15:  Katie Bylsma - Ball State

Jan. 12:  Sarah Kehe - Ball State

Jan. 19:  Emily Karwoski - Ball State

Jan. 26:   Rachel Heim - Ohio

Feb. 2:    Rachel Heim - Ohio

Feb. 9:    Kendall Karchner - Akron