MAC Men's Swimmer of the Week

Updated 1/19/2011
MAC Men's Swimmer of the Week
Chris Gunnels, Miami
Junior, Chapel Hill, NC (Chapel Hill)
Gunnels was a part of five first-place finishes, leading the RedHawks to two wins. He won all three individual events he entered during the week. Against Evansville on Wednesday, he won the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.84. On Friday against Cincinnati he won the 100 backstroke with a time of 52.20, 1.78 seconds ahead of his closest competitor, and the 100 freestyle in 46.60. Gunnels also anchored the 400 freestyle relay in a second-place finish against Evansville and was a member of two first-place relay teams against Cincinnati. Miami's 200 medley relay team won in a time of 1:35.17 with Gunnels leading off and the 200 freestyle relay team took first with a time of 1:24.64, Miami's fastest time of the season in that event.

Other Nominees:
Chris Krupa, Ball State
Junior, Indianapolis, Ind. (Pike)
Member of five first-place relays at the IUPUI House of Champions Relay Meet. 3x100 Butterfly Relay (2:39.09) 3x100 Breaststroke Relay (3:00.78) 400 Medley Relay (3:33.88) 400 Medley Relay (3:39.04) 400 Free Relay (3:14.88)

Colin Patrican, Buffalo
Junior, Ithaca, NY (Urbana)
Broke the school record in the one-meter diving (346.75) eclipsing the previous mark set in 2008 by Mike McDowell. Patrican also was the highest finisher in the three-meter diving with 362.48 points as an exhibition entrant.

Andrew Saunders, Eastern Michigan
Sophomore, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Halifax West)
Saunders swept both the one and three-meter events against the No. 13 ranked University of Michigan this past Saturday, Jan. 15 in a non-conference match up. He tallied 328.64 points in his first place efforts on the one meter to set the fifth best score for the Mid-American Conference in that event and is also an NCAA Zone Qualification standard. On the three-meter boards, Saunders also clinched first place with a score of 328.88 to set the 11th best mark in the MAC.

Jake Harrington, Evansville
Junior, Memphis, Tenn. (White Station)
Leading the Aces in last week's dual meet at Miami of Ohio, Harrington notched first place finishes in all three of his events. Harrington took first place in the 200-freestyle with a time of 1:47.01 while winning the 500-free with a time of 4:51.97. He ended the night as the leadoff leg of UE's first place 400-freestyly relay team, which won the event with a time of 3:11.59.

Eric Ducourneau, Missouri State
Senior, Montreal, Canada
Ducourneau capped off an impressive career as a Bear by earning first-place finishes on both the one- and two-meter boards over Truman State. With these two wins, he finishes undefeated at home during his four-year career. Ducourneau has also qualified for Zone "D" Regionals for diving, and has qualified for the honor every year he has competed at Missouri State. He is currently eighth in the conference on the thee-meter board and tenth on the one-meter.