MAC Women's Swimmer of the Week
Emily Bennet, Bowling Green
Senior, Seaforth, Australia
Emily Bennet, a senior from Seaforth, Australia, helped lead the Falcons to a dominant showing at the Tom Stubbs Relays, with Bowling Green swimmers taking the top spot in eight of ten races over Toledo, Akron and Youngstown State. Bennet was part of five winning relays for the Falcons, serving as the team's anchor in four of them. She also helped the Falcons set meet records in two of those relays - the 3x100 backstroke and 400 medley relay.
MAC Men's Swimmer of the Week
Eric Culver, Buffalo
Junior, New Paltz, NY (New Paltz)
At the season opening WNY Invite, junior Eric Culver was a three-event winner Culver swept the distance freestyle races with a 4:44.54 clocking the 500-yard freestyle and claimed the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:48.35. He also won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:54.48. He also finished third in the 400-yard IM in 4:16.61 behind a pair of UB freshman teammates.
Catherine Carr, Akron
Junior, Allentown, Pa. (Emmaus HS)
Carr swam on six top-3 finishing relays Friday at Bowling Green's Tom Stubbs Relays. She swam on one second place relay and five third place relays as every relay she swam on finished in the top-3. Carr anchored the second place 4x100 IM relay (4:07.75), while also anchoring the third place 3x100 butterfly (2:54.66) and 3x100 backstroke relays (2:55.48). Carr led off the third place 800 free relay (7:53.35) and 3x500 relay (15:50.82), while swimming on the third place 200 medley relay (1:48.92) as well.
Brittney Kuras, Buffalo
Senior, Canandaigua, NY (Canandaigua Academy)
At the WNY Invite, Brittney Kuras won three individual events and was a member of a winning relay entry to lead the Bulls. Kuras, coming off her stellar 2011-12 season which culminated in a spot at the NCAA National Championships, won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:59.48. She later followed with a victory in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:52.66 and also took the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:25.09.
Juan Arbelaez, Southern Illinois
Junior, Ibague, Columbia
Juan Arbelaez swept the 50- and 100-yard freestyles in convincing fashion, swimming 21.60 in the 50-yard free and 47.35 in the 100-yard free. Arbelaez also anchored the 200-yard medley relay team (1:35.08) that won by more than three seconds. Arbelaez's day helped SIU to a convincing 149-73 win over Evansville to start the dual season 1-0.