MAC Women's Swimmer of the Week

Updated 11/3/2009


For Immediate Release-Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009

Rachel Heim - Ohio University

Junior - San Diego, Calif.

Heim had a terrific weekend for Ohio, winning six events and placing second in two other events. In a dual meet against Akron, Heim was a part of the 200 medley relay winning team. In the same meet, she placed second in the 100 backstroke, won the 100 butterfly and won the 200 IM. On Saturday, in a dual meet against Buffalo, Heim was a part of the second-place 400 medley relay team, won the 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly and the 200 IM. Heim powered Ohio to conference victories on both days with her stellar performances. Her 100 Butterfly time of 56.08 against Buffalo currently ranks 40th in the nation.

Additional Nominees:

Stephanie Zielinski, Akron - Senior, Philadelphia, Pa. (Archbishop Ryan High School)

Zielinski was Akron's top performer on the weekend, picking up three individual wins and also assisting on four top-three relay swims, including one victory. Zielinski won both the 50-yard freestyle (24.28) and 100-yard freestyle (52.60) races in the loss against the defending MAC champion Miami (187-111).  Zielinski was also active on Akron's 200-yard freestyle relay win against the RedHawks while assisting the Zips to a second place finish in the 400-yard medley relay. In Akron's loss against Ohio (164-136), Zielinski logged a win in the 50-yard freestyle (23.79) while taking second place in the 100-yard freestyle race (1:36.86). She also helped both the 400-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relays to respective second and third place finishes. 

Sara Hostetler, Ball State - Sophomore, Vincennes, Ind. (Jasper High School)

Hostetler helped guide the Cardinals to a weekend split of MAC foes Toledo and Bowling Green, by capturing event titles in the 200 back and 100 fly in each meet. In Saturday's victory over Bowling Green, Hostetler posted season-best times in the 200 back (2:07.99) and 100 fly (58.13) to score event victories in each meet. She also swam a leg for the second-place 400 medley relay (3:57.96) in the win. In Friday's loss to Toledo, Hostetler won the 200 back with a time of 2:08.57 and the 100 fly with an effort of 58.23. She also posted a second-place finish in the 200 fly (2:07.99).

Laura Lindsay, Toledo - Sophomore, Uniontown, Ohio

Lindsay continued her perfect start to the 2009 season as she has now won the 100 and 200 breaststroke in all four meets that the Rockets have competed in this fall. In a dual meet win against Ball State on Friday, Lindsay took first in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.90) and claimed the 200 title (2:23.16). Lindsay also swam on Toledo's second-place 200 medley relay team and competed in the 200 IM.  In Saturday's tri-meet victories over Eastern Michigan and UW-Milwaukee, Lindsay helped the 400 medley relay team place first (3:50.06). She won the 100 breast (1:04.30) and claimed the 200 breast (2:20.08). 

Meili Carpenter, Buffalo - Senior, Boulder, Colo. (Fairview High School)

Carpenter went undefeated in her four diving events during Buffalo's meets at Miami and Ohio, sweeping the one and three-meter events two days in a row. On Saturday against the Bobcats, Carpenter scored 345.30 points on the three-meter board to set the Ohio Aquatic Center pool record and break her own Buffalo mark in the event.

Leah Thornton, Miami - Freshman, Helena, Ala. (John Carroll High School)

Thornton won five times for the RedHawks over the weekend. On Friday she led off for the winning 200-yard medley relay team and won the 100-yard backstroke. She also finished second in the 200-yard backstroke and as a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay team. On Saturday Thornton won the 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard butterfly, was a member of the first-place 400-yard medley relay team and finished second in the 200-yard IM. She was Miami's leading scorer over the weekend with a total of 61 points, amassing 28 on Friday in the team's 171-129 victory over Buffalo and 33 on Saturday in the 187-111 win over Akron.

Previous Women's Swimmers of the Week

Oct. 21: Ashley Cusack - Toledo

Oct. 27:  Jordan Deren - Buffalo