MAC Men's Swimmer of the Week

Updated 11/18/2009


For Immediate Release-Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009

MAC Men's Swimmer of the Week

Jacob Hanson - Eastern Michigan - Freshman, Bloomington, Ill. (Normal Community)

Hanson recorded two first place and two second place finishes in a two-day dual meet with Purdue.  The freshman pulled in victories in the 400-yard individual medley (4:01.42) and 100-yard backstroke (50.70). Hanson's times in both events are MAC-bests so far this year. He also helped the 200-yard medley relay (1:33.96) and 800-yard freestyle relay (7:00.25) teams to second place finishes and both of those times were fastest to date in the MAC this year.


Additional Nominees:

Jeremy Whited, Ball State - Junior, Richmond, Ind. (Richmond High School)

Whited helped guide the Ball State men's swimming & diving team to a second-place finish at the 2009 House of Championships Invitational at IUPUI by collecting a pair of first-place finishes in the diving events. On the three-meter board, Whited posted a score of 254.40 to beat out IUPUI's Mitchell Gauger by 2.6 points. On the one-meter board, Whited's score of 227.10 was nearly 20 points better than his closest competitor.

Chris Gunnels, Miami - Sophomore, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Gunnels had a wonderful weekend, swimming very well against Big Ten power Ohio State and in Miami's defeat of defending NCAA Division III champion Kenyon. Against the Buckeyes, Gunnels was the RedHawks' top finisher in the 50-yard freestyle (21.56) and the 200 backstroke (1:52.67), both personal best times. He also led off Miami's best 200-yard medley relay squad that swam the distance in 1:36.65. Against Kenyon, Gunnels finished first in the 200 freestyle (1:41.58) and 200 backstroke (1:50.60), and placed second in the 100 backstroke (53.50).

Previous Men's Swimmers of the Week

Oct. 21:  Roko Simunic - Missouri State

Oct. 27:  Chris Gunnels - Miami

Nov. 3:   Nicolas Villaroel- Missouri State

Nov. 10:  Niklas Gustafsson - Missouri State