MAC Women's Swimmer of the Week

Updated 11/10/2009

MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WOMEN'S SWIMMER OF THE WEEK

For Immediate Release-Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009

MAC Women's Swimmer of the Week

Rachel Heim, Ohio University - Junior, San Diego, Calif.

Heim won six events in eight tries including all of her individual events that she was entered in.  Heim displayed her versatility in distributing her six wins over five different events.  Against Bowling Green on Nov. 6, she won the 100 Butterfly (56.90) and the 200 Individual Medley (2:10.17).  The following day Heim placed first in the 100 Freestyle (51.98), the 100 Backstroke (57.20), the 100 Butterfly (56.26) and swam anchor for the winning 800 Freestyle Relay team (1:52.39).


Additional Nominees:

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

Emig had a very impressive weekend by turning in five first place finishes and one second place as the Eagles went 1-1 in dual meets. Emig won the 200, 500 and 1,000 Freestyle races in a dual meet at Buffalo last Friday. She followed that up with first place finishes in the 500 and 1,000 Freestyles and a second place finish in the 200. Her 1,000 Freestyle (10:18.67) on Saturday is fourth-fastest in the MAC this season and she holds the fastest time in the 500 Freestyle (4:56.52).

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

Karchner provided a dominant performance for the Zips in Akron's home opening weekend as Karchner collected four individual wins while also swimming legs on three top-two Akron relay swims-including two wins.  In Akron's win over Ball State (186-109), Karchner delivered a two-win performance, capturing the 100 Backstroke (57.42) as well as the 200 Backstroke (2:04.98.) Karchner also swam a leg on the 400 Medley Relay, which finished first (3:53.83.)  Karchner also swept the 100 and 200 Backstroke events (56.94 and 2:04.93 respectively). Additionally, the senior helped the 200 Medley Relay team finish in first place (1:47.20) and also assisted on a second place finish in the 800 Freestyle Relay (7:43.45) as the Zips fell to the Eagles, 158-142.

Kelsey Vehr, Miami- Junior, Cincinnati, Ohio

Vehr won four of the five individual races in which she competed last weekend. Against Toledo, Vehr won the 100 Breaststroke (1:03.99) and the 200 Breaststroke (2:21.07). At Bowling Green, she led the RedHawks to victory with first-place finishes in the 100 Breaststroke (1:04.93) and the 400 Individual Medley (4:31.71).

Meg Richardson, Bowling Green - Senior, Springfield, Ohio

Last weekend, Richardson captured first-place in six of the eight races she competed in, placing second and third in two other events.  Richardson was also a member of four relay squads that swam to first-place finishes.  In a dual meet against Ohio on Friday, Richardson was on both relay teams that took first (the 400 Medley Relay the 400 Freestyle Relay).  In that meet, she also took second in the 50 Freestyle and third in the 100 Freestyle events.  On Saturday afternoon, Richardson went four-for-four against Miami, taking first in both the 50 and 100 Freestyle events as well as aiding in two more first-place relay finishes in the 200 Medley Relay and the 800 Free style Relay.  Richardson's performances led the Falcon's in a win over Ohio.


Brynn Marecki, Buffalo- Sophomore, Livonia, Mich.

Marecki swept the Breaststroke races in Buffalo's victories over Eastern Michigan and Ball State. Marecki set season-best times to win the 100 Breaststroke (1:04.66) and 200 Breaststroke (2:20.03) against Eastern Michigan. She also was part of two winning relay squads, the 400 Medley Relay (3:52.78) against Eastern Michigan and the 200 Medley Relay (1:47.92) against Ball State.

Jacy Dyer, Toledo- Junior, Lebanon, Pa.

Dyer helped lead Toledo (8-1, 4-0 MAC) to two crucial wins over Miami and Ohio over the weekend. In Friday's meet against Miami, Dyer won the 500 Freestyle (4:59.73), the 1,000 Freestyle (10:09.27) and was a member of the first-place 400 Freestyle Relay team (3:30.68, with a split of 52.83).  On Saturday against Ohio, Dyer once again took first in the 500 Freestyle (4:58.38) and 1,000 Freestyle (10:05.01), setting a season-best in both events. She also placed third in the 400 Individual Medley (4:34.69) and swam on the fourth-place 800 Freestyle Relay team.  Toledo defeated Miami 174-124 and Ohio 180-118.

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

Karwoski paced the Cardinals with 33 individual points over the weekend. In Friday's meet at Akron, Karwoski notched a win in the 200 Individual Medley (2:15.03), while placing second in both the 100 (1:07.76) and 200 (2:26.59) Breaststroke. Saturday, she scored a win in the 400 Individual Medley (4:43.09) at Buffalo, while earning second in the 100 Breaststroke (1:08.13) and third in the 200 Breaststroke (2:30.08).

Previous Women's Swimmers of the Week

Oct. 21: Ashley Cusack - Toledo

Oct. 27:  Jordan Deren - Buffalo

Nov. 3: Rachel Heim - Ohio