Akron's Katelyn Lofland Named MAC Women's Swimmer of the Week

Updated 11/7/2006

Women’s Swimmer of the Week


Katelyn Lofland



Boise, Idaho/Home Schooled


Freshman Katelyn Lofland broke the school record in the 1,650 yard freestyle to help lift the University of Akron swimming and diving team to a 168-127 victory over Buffalo on Friday evening at the Ocasek Natatorium.In her first collegiate run in the 1650 free, Lofland shattered the school record by 11 seconds with a time of 17:22.48. The record time of 17:33.48 was previously held by teammate Danielle Beland, who posted that mark on Jan. 28, 2005 in the ONAT against Toledo.


Other Nominees:


Karen Frazier


(Placerville, Calif/St. Francis)

In Miami's dual meet win over Ball State, Frazier tied her own varsity record in the 100 breaststroke with a first-place time of 1:04.18. Frazier had set the Miami varsity record in her first collegiate meet, but she tied her standard again against the Cardinals. Frazier also swept the breaststroke events by turning in a first-place time in the 200 breaststroke (2:21.94), and her pair of wins helped Miami win its 42nd consecutive Mid-American Conference dual meet.


Claire Letendre

Eastern Michigan



Manchester, Mo./St. Joseph's Academy

Letendre scored 21 points to help EMU down Toledo, 168-130, and remain unbeaten on the season at 3-0. She claimed the top-spot in the 1650- yard freestyle, clocking in at nearly seven second ahead of the second place finisher. Lentendre also won the 200-yard butterfly and finished third in the 500-yard freestyle.



Shannon Hazelton



She won both the 100 and 200 Backstrokes.  In the 200 she beat her own personal best by 4 tenths of a second.  And is now number seventh on the all time list for UT.





Samantha Palma




Lancaster, NY/Lancaster


In the Bulls' narrow 168-127 setback to the Akron Zips on Friday, freshman Samantha Palma claimed a pair of victories for the Bulls in both the 50-yard freestyle (24.82) and the 100-yard freestyle (53.97).



Brittany Sayler

Ball State


Back, IM, Free

Crawfordsville, INd./Southmont


Sayler earned first place in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 58.82.  Sayler then took top honors in the 200 yard back at Miami University after clocking in a time of 2:06.15.



Ilse Petersen




Johannesburg, South Africa/ Deutsche Schule


Ilse Petersen won three events in three tries versus Division III powerhouse Kenyon College on Friday and then logged two firsts and a second against MAC foe BGSU on Saturday. On Friday Petersen touched first in the 200 Free (1:54.13) and the 500 free (5:02.16) and the 200 Free Relay (1:38.28). On Saturday Petersen trimmed a full second off of her 200 freestyle when touching the wall first in 1:53.05. Additionally, Ilse finished second in the 100 free in a time of 53.66. Ilse capped off her weekend with a victory in the 200 free relay (1:37.89). Petersen's 100 free and 200 free against BGSU, and 500 free against Kenyon were all season bests.