MAC Awards Women's Swimmer of the Week

Updated 2/3/2009

Alissa Ricard ? Eastern Michigan

Senior - Tucson, Ariz.-Catalina Foothills              

Ricard won two individual events and was a part of two winning relays as EMU topped Miami 157-131 to tie the RedHawks for first place in the MAC with a 5-1 record. Ricard was part of the winning 400 medley relay team (3:52.36) and winning 200 free relay team (1:36.11) against Miami. On the individual side, she  won the 100 free (1:51.85) by almost two seconds and came away with a victory in the 100 free (51.77) to help EMU to victory.



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Cathryn Collins ? Akron

Junior - Hilton Head, S.C./Hilton Head

Cathryn Collins paced the Zips last week, picking up three top-three finishes, including two wins while also setting a pair of personal and season-best times on the season. The Junior started off with the 200-yard freestyle, tapping in at the 1:51.53 mark (personal-best and team-best time). Collins continued shattering personal records as the junior won the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 4:59.35 again setting a personal and team-best mark. She would cap an impressive day off by pacing the Zips with a third place finish in the 200-yard individual medley.


Emily Haifley ? Ball State

Junior ? Hilton Head, S.C.

One week after setting the school record in the 200 breaststroke with a clocking of 2:19.49, Haifley posted a time of 2:20.58 in the event versus the Bobcats to beat the closest competitor by over a second. Haifley also took first-place in the 100 breaststroke with an effort of 1:05.50. She also finished fourth in the 200 IM (2:14.47) and swam a leg of the second place 400 Medley Relay (3:55.76).


Jordan Deren ? Buffalo

Sophomore - Lackawanna, NY/Lackawanna

Jordan Deren won two events in the 139-97 victory over St. Bonaventure last Friday. Deren swept the distance events, finishing first in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:36.21), as well as the 500-yard freestyle (5:10.09) to help the Bulls improve their dual-meet record to 7-2.


Ashley Marion ? Ohio

Senior - London, Ont./Banting SS

Ashley set three personal bests Friday in Ohio's double-dual wins over Kenyon and Xavier. Swimming the second leg (breaststroke) on Ohio's 400 medley relay team, Marion swam a personal-best split of 1:06.56, with the team taking second vs. Xavier behind another Ohio relay and third vs. Kenyon. She also won the 50 free vs. Kenyon and Xavier in the double dual in a personal-best 23.88, the 10th-fastest time in Bobcat history. Marion showed her versatility by setting a third personal best in a second-place finish in the 200 breast, a new event for her, in 2:22.09, finishing .14 behind her teammate. Saturday in Ohio's win over Ball State, she led off both winning relays with a split of 57.52 in the 400 medley relay and a split of 24.03 in the 200 free relay. Marion also garnered a win in the 100 free in 51.65 against the Cardinals.


Meghan Reissig ? Toledo

Junior ? Rochester, N.Y./Victor HS

Reissig won the 100 and 200 backstroke in 57.03 and 2:03.41 respectively, and took the top spot in the 200 IM (2:07.17) in competition versus Akron.


Previous Women’s Swimmers of the Week

Oct. 21: Jacy Dyer, Toledo

Oct. 28: Kasey Carpenter, Miami

Nov. 4: Stephanie Zielinski, Akron

Nov. 11: Allison Stevens, Miami; and Ashley Marion Ohio

Nov. 18: Cathryn Collins, Akron

Nov. 26: Mary Ehresman, Ball State

Dec. 3: no competition

Dec. 10: Malarie Schmidt, Miami; and Jacy Dyer, Toledo

Dec. 17: Emily Haifley, Ball State

Jan. 13: Katie Carter, Akron

Jan. 20: Sarah Bullock, Miami

Jan. 27: Emily Haifley, Ball State


Last Week’s Women’s Results

January 30 ? Friday

*Toledo 163, at Akron 134

at Ohio 138, Xavier 63

at Ohio 105, Kenyon 93

at Buffalo 139, St. Bonaventure 97


January 31 ? Saturday

*at Ohio 172, Ball State 126

*at Eastern Michigan 157, Miami 131


Upcoming Women’s Schedule

February 6 ? Friday

*Buffalo at Bowling Green, 5 pm

*Ball State at Miami, 7 pm


February 7 ? Saturday

*Ohio at Eastern Michigan, 1 pm

*Buffalo at Toledo, 1 pm

*Akron at Bowling Green, 1 pm


February 25-28

MAC Championships at Bowling Green