MAC Announces Swimming and Diving Athletes of the Week

Updated 11/14/2012


Women's Swimmer of the Week 
Mallory Morrell, Buffalo
Senior,  Rush, NY (Rush-Henrietta)
Mallory Morrell broke the Colgate pool record in the 50-yard freestyle in UB’s 132-110 win over the Raiders. Morrell won the race in 23.73, breaking the record of 23.87 set by Heidi Borden of Army in 2001. Morrell was also part of UB’s victorious 400-yard freestyle relay for a win in 3:32.90.  At Army, Morrell won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.75 and the 100-yard freestyle in a season-best 52.56 to keep the Bulls undefeated at 3-0 with a 168-127 victory. The Bulls have won nine straight dual meets.
Men's Swimmer of the Week 
Michael Weber, Ball State
Senior, Lorain, Ohio (Elyria Catholic)
Weber claimed three individual victories as well as a relay win in the 169-93 defeat of Eastern Illinois. Weber swept the backstroke, finishing first in the 100 back with a time of 58.71 and 1:56.32 in the 200 back. The senior also claimed a victory in the 200 IM touching at 1:56.75. Weber led off the winning 200 medley relay team with a 24.69 split.
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Matt Schwippert, Buffalo
Senior, East Aurora, NY (Iroquois)
Matt Schwippert led the Bulls’ efforts at Army on Saturday in UB’s 164.5-135.5 loss, their first of the season. He swept the backstroke races, posting season-best times in both events. Schwippert won  the 100-yard race in 50.85 and the 200-yard race in 1:51.71. He also swam the backstroke portion of UB’s victorious 400-yard medley relay, followed by Josh Meints, Cory Zorsch and Mike Dugan as the Bulls finished in a season-best 3:22.70. In Friday’s meet at Colgate, Schwippert was part of UB’s winning 400-yard medley relay.

Jacob Hanson, Eastern Michigan
Senior, Bloomington, Ill. (Normal Community)
Senior, Jacob Hanson, continued his dominance in 2012-13 by winning three individual races and helping the 200-medley relay team to a second place finish. The quartet of Hanson, Michael Swain, Mike Kinross and Gus Everson took second in the 200-medley relay finishing in 1:32.91. Hanson took the 100-backstroke in 48.83, the 200-backstroke in 1:47.32 and the 200-individual medley in 1:52.73. Hanson's times in both the 100- and 200-backstroke are second to only Hanson's best times in EMU history.
Joe Baumgartner, Miami 
Sophomore, St. Louis, Missouri (Lindbergh)
Though Miami lost at powerful Ohio State, 140-112, Joe Baumgartner swept the two individual events in which he swam. In the 50 freestyle, his time of 21.32 beat the runner-up from OSU by 19/100ths of a second. Then, four events later in the 100 free, the sophomore won again, defeating his Buckeye counterpart by just 3/100ths of a second (46.80).

Catherine Carr, Akron 
Junior, Allentown, Pa. (Emmaus HS)

Carr won three individual events for the Zips (2-2) and also swam on a first place relay in their 186-103 dual meet victory over St. Francis (Pa.) (5-3) Saturday. Carr was victorious in the 200-yard butterfly (2:06.38), 500-yard freestyle (5:05.70) and 200-yard IM (season-best 2:08.97). She also anchored Akron to a win in the 400-yard free relay (3:37.75).

Haley Richter,  Ball State
Junior, Roanoke, Ind. (Columbia City)
Richter earned three wins (two individual and one relay) in the 150-108 win over Eastern Illinois. She turned in a 57.09 split in the winning 400 medley relay. She also claimed a win in the 200 free with a time of 1:56.02 and in the 200 back with a time of 2:07.24.
Briana Emig, Eastern Michigan
Senior, Sewickly, Pa. (Ambridge)
Senior, Briana Emig, led the Eagles to its fourth-straight dual-meet victory of the 2012-13 campaign Saturday, Nov. 10, at Oakland University, 171-123. Emig took home three victories at the meet in Rochester, Mich. Emig won the 200-, 500- and 1,000-freestyle races for EMU. Emig turned in a 1:52.82 in the 200, a 4:59.73 in the 500 and a 10:06.92 in the 1,000.
Leah Thornton, Miami 
Senior, Helena, Alabama (John Carroll Catholic)
The senior backstroker swept the 100 and 200 races and swam the lead-off leg for the winning 400 freestyle relay as Miami defeated host Kenyon College, 175-116. Thornton finished ahead of teammate Katie Bootsma in the 100 back, touching the wall in a time of 58.40. Six events later, she placed first in the 200 back, beating teammate Emma Szczupakiewicz by more than two seconds in a time of 2:06.34. In the final event, the 400 freestyle relay, Thornton paced the team to an early lead and the victory (3:30.75).
Laurin Williams, Ohio
Junior, Shoreline, Wash. (Shorewood)
Laurin had a very strong weekend for the Bobcats, swimming in three events during Ohio’s lone dual meet of the weekend against Ohio State. The junior earned two first-place finishes, taking the top spot in the 500 Freestyle (5:02.01) and the 1000 Freestyle (10:22.90) to earn valuable points for her team. Williams also competed in the 200 Freestyle at the dual meet, placing seventh with a time of 1:59.32. Laurin’s times in both the 500 and 1000 Freestyle stack up well in the Mid-American Conference, currently ranking as the fifth fastest times of the season in these events.