MAC Women's Swimmer of the Week

Updated 11/4/2010
MAC Women's Swimmer of the Week
Rachel Heim, Ohio
Senior, San Diego, Calif. (Horizon)
Heim enjoyed a standout opening weekend, capturing five first-place finishes and one second-place finish over Ohio's two meets at Eastern Michigan and at defending conference champion Toledo. The reigning Co-MAC Swimmer of the Year opened her season by taking first in the 100 Butterfly (56.83) and 200 Butterfly (2:07.83) while also being part of the first-place 200 Medley Relay team (1:46.68) against the Eagles. She followed that with two more first-place finishes, both in MAC-best times, and a second-place finish against Toledo. Her first-place time of 51.59 in the 100 Freestyle was both the best in the MAC thus far and a personal best. Heim also took first in the 100 Butterfly with a MAC-best time of 55.85, which ranked as the seventh-fastest time in Ohio history. Her 200 Butterfly time of 2:06.77 against the Rockets was the third-fastest time in the conference and took second place at the event.

Other Nominees:
Bridgette Ruehl, Ball State
Freshman, Lowell, Ind. (Lowell)
Won the 100 and 200 breaststroke events to help the Cardinals claim a 156-144 victory over Eastern Michigan in its Mid-American Conference dual meet opener last Saturday. Her time of 1:04.68 in the 100 breaststroke won the event by almost two seconds and was the second-fastest individual time in program history in the event. Her time of 2:19.21 in the 200 breaststroke won the event by almost three-and-a-half seconds and was the third-fastest individual time in program history in the event. Both efforts currently rank second in the Mid-American Conference. Ruehl also added a third-place finish in the 200 IM (2:10.68) and was a member of the second-place 200 medley relay (1:47.18) at the meet.

Alexis Kain, Bowling Green
Sophomore, Cincinnati, Ohio (Oak Hills)
Sophomore Alexis Kain won two of the 12 individual swimming events at the BGSU/Akron meet on Saturday, Oct. 30th. She also took part in one of BGSU's two relay victories and competed in a third individual event. In the 100 breaststroke, Kain set a pace of 30.57 over the first 50 yards on her way to a two-second victory (1:04.80) over teammate Amanda Rom. The nearest Akron competitor was four seconds back. In the 200 breaststroke, Kain set a personal record with a time of 2:23.50, besting her previous best by nearly two seconds. Kain also helped the Falcons win the 200 medley relay. As the second leg, Kain won her 50 yards by the biggest gap of any of the four swimmers (1.61 seconds), as the Falcons won the race by a total of 2.62 seconds. Kain also competed in the 50 freestyle.

Marissa Murphy, Buffalo
Freshman, Grand Rapids, Mich. (Forest Hills)
Won the 100-yard freestyle in 52.65 against Miami. Finished second in the 50 freestyle in 24.16 and third in the 100 butterfly in 57.36.

Chelsey Bruington, Miami
Junior, Mission Viejo, Calif.
Anchored Miami's 200-yard medley relay team that finished first against Buffalo in a time of 1:45.90. Won the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.65) and 500-yard freestyle (5:08.22) by more than two seconds over her closest competitor in each event. Her 500-yard freestyle time was her fastest since the 2008-09 season.

Rachel Johnson, Toledo
Freshman, Milford, Mich. (Milford)
In Saturday's win over Ohio, Johnson continued her impressive freshman campaign, earning two first-place finishes. Johnson out-touched the competition in both the 500 Free (4:55.70) and 1000 Free (10:06.31). Both times are the top times in those events in the MAC this season, and her time in the 1000 is currently the 29th-best in the nation. Johnson also took second place in the 200 IM (2:07.66); her time was second-best in the conference this season behind only teammate, Carly Harter.