MAC Women's Swimmer of the Week

Updated 12/8/2010
MAC Women's Swimmer of the Week
Leah Thornton, Miami
Sophomore, Helena, Ala. (John Carroll Catholic)
Thornton helped lead Miami to the 2010 Miami Invitational team championship with three individual and two relay wins. Thornton took first in the 100-yard backstroke (54.94), 200-yard backstroke (1:57.83) and 200-yard butterfly (2:01.24), setting new school records in each event. Additionally, she set a new meet record in the 200-yard backstroke and earned NCAA Championship "B" cuts in both backstroke events. Thornton also led off the winning 200- and 400-yard medley relay teams with times of 1:42.21 and 3:45.00, respectively. Her 200 medley team earned another NCAA "B" time standard. She also finished fourth in the 100-yard butterfly with a personal-best of 55.57 and 14th in the 100-yard freestyle with another personal-best of 52.22.

Other Nominees:
Mallory Miles, Ball State
Freshman, Holland, Ind. (Southridge)
1st - 100 Backstroke with school-record time of 56.64 4th - 200 Backstroke with school-record time of 2:03.18 5th - 400 IM with a time of 4:30.37 5th - 400 Medley Relay - 3:52.47 (lead-off) 7th - 200 Medley Relay - 1:47.26 (lead-off) Freshman backstroke specialist Mallory Miles helped guide the Ball State women's swimming & diving team to a third-place finish at the Eastern Michigan Invitational by posting a pair of school-record swims and winning the 100 backstroke in the 12-team meet which also featured 12 teams, including No. 13 Michigan and three other league opponents . . . Her first school-record effort came on the opening day when she placed fourth in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:03.18 . . . On the second day of competition, Miles turned in her second record-setting performance to go along with the Cardinals only event win of the meet, taking first place in the 100 backstroke with a school-record time of 56.64 . . . In addition, she clocked a career-best time of 4:30.37 to place fifth in the 400 IM, while swimming leadoff for the fifth-place 400 medley relay (3:52.47) and the seventh-place 200 medley relay (1:47.26).

Brynn Marecki, Buffalo
Junior, Livonia, Mich. (Livonia)
100 breast, 2nd, 1:04.94 200 breast 5th: 2:24.65 200 medley relay 4th (2nd leg) 1:46.97

Briana Emig, Eastern Michigan
Sophomore, Sewickley, Pa. (Ambridge)
Briana Emig set multiple records at the Eastern Michigan University Invitational this past weekend to help the Eagles to a second place overall finish. On the first day of competition, Emig broke a pool and meet record with her 16:22.03 performance in the 1,650 freestyle event, marking a three second improvement on the previous record that was set in 2008. Her time qualified her for a Division-I B consideration and is also over one minute faster than any competitor in the entire conference. She also touched the wall in 4:49.75 in the 500 freestyle en route to setting another meet record and top conference time.

Rachel Heim, Ohio
Senior, San Diego, Calif. (Horizon)
Rachel Heim enjoyed a banner week, setting four pool and meet records and capturing three total wins, including two individual, while leading Ohio to the team title at the Zippy Invitational over the weekend. In addition, the reigning MAC Co-Swimmer of the Year set three individual personal bests and garnered three second-place finishes, one coming individually. Heim took first in the 100 Fly with a pool- and meet-record 53.98, the best time in the MAC this year. That time shattered her own previous pool and meet record by 1.35 seconds. She also won the 100 Back in a pool- and meet-record time of 55.24, the second-fastest time in the MAC thus far, and finished second in the 100 Free with a MAC-best time of 50.29. Heim recorded her third win of the meet while helping Ohio capture first place in the 400 Free Relay in a pool- and meet-record 3:24.41. She also helped both the Bobcats' 400 Medley and 200 Medley Relay teams to second-place finishes with pool- and meet-record times of 3:49.38 and 1:44.69, respectively, while recording split times of 54.05 with the 100 Fly and 24.17 with the 50 Fly.

Laura Lindsay, Toledo
Junior, Uniontown, Ohio (Green)
In the 200 breaststroke, Lindsay posted a season-best time of 2:13.62 to shatter both the meet and pool records by roughly five and two seconds, respectively. She was also just one second off her UT record and personal-best time of 2:12.46. In the 100 breaststroke, she took first in a season-best 1:02.27, roughly half a second off her personal best time once again setting new meet and pool records. In both events, Lindsay hit the NCAA B Standard. Lindsay also had an impressive performance in the 200 IM, touching in a season-best 2:08.64 to place seventh.