MAC Announces Swimming and Diving Athletes of the Week

Updated 1/23/2013

Women's Swimmer of the Week
Jessie Godlewski, Eastern Michigan
Sophomore, Apex, N.C./Apex

Sophomore Jessie Godlewski led the Eagles in their fourth straight Mid-American Conference dual-meet victory Saturday, Jan. 19, at Ball State. Godlewski had three first place finishes in the 158-142 victory over the Cardinals. Her first win came in the 200-butterfly. She finished over three seconds ahead of the field in that race with a time of 2:03.33, which is a top-10 all-time finish in that race for Eastern. The Apex, N.C. native saw another first-place finish when she touched the wall first in the 200-backstroke, completing the distance in 2:05.16. Her final victory of the day came in the 200-individual medley when she finished in 2:06.50. She also was a member of the 200-medley relay that finished fourth in 1:49.01.

Men's Swimmer of the Week
Paul Le, Missouri State
Sophomore, Moore, Okla. / Southmoore High 
This weekend, sophomore Paul Le was one of two MSU athletes to sweep his individual events. In addition, Le was a key component on the Bears’ 400 medley relay that just missed the Hammons Student Center pool record. To kick off the meet against Truman State, Le swam the butterfly leg of the 400 medley relay (3:21.80) with a split of 49.27.  Shortly after, Le chalked up an individual victory in the 50 free (20.82) and was only .15 seconds off his career best. Completing the sweep of his individual events, the sophomore from Moore, Okla., cruised to a 1.5 second victory in the 100 free (46.07). He now owns top-five times in the MAC in six different events including the 50 free, 200 free, 100 back, 200 back, 100 fly and 200 IM.


Other Nominees: 

Alexis Kain, Bowling Green
Senior, Cincinnati, Ohio / Oak Hills 
Kain won three races on Senior Day as the Falcons lost close dual meets to Michigan State and Buffalo at Cooper Natatorium.  Kain led the Falcons to a sweep of the relay events, helping capture the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.  Individually, Kain won the 100 breaststroke and finished second in the 200 breaststroke, amounting to a 1-2 sweep of both races by Kain and teammate Daniela Carrillo.

Jessica Powers, Buffalo
Sophomore, Kalamazoo, MI/Kalamazoo Central
Jessica Powers swept the distance freestyle races in weekend meets at Bowling Green and Miami (OH). On Saturday, she posted a season-best time of 10:14.69 to win the 1,000-yard freestyle and took the 500-yard freestyle in 4:59.60. The next day, she won the 1,650-yard freestyle in 17:11.74 and later won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:03.44.
Matt Schwippert,  Buffalo
Senior, East Aurora, NY/Iroquois
Matt Schwippert was a double winner as he swept both backstroke races in UB’s win over Miami. Schwippert won the 100-yard backstroke in 51.34 and later came back for a victory in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:51.60. Against Michigan State, he finished second in both races behind Spartan All-American Jacob Jarzen. Schwippert swam the backstroke portion of UB’s victorious 200-yard medley relay against Michigan State. The foursome of Schwippert, Josh Meints, Cory Zorsch and Mike Dugan won the race in 1:31.91. 
Jacob Hanson, Eastern Michigan
Senior, Bloomington, Ill. /Normal Community
Senior Jacob Hanson saw a pair of victories in the Eagles 61st straight Mid-American Conference dual-meet win at Ball State, Jan. 19. The Bloomington, Ill. native opened the day as the first person in the pool for EMU in the 200-medley relay. He was the first leg of the winning team that completed the distance in 1:33.65, almost two seconds faster than the the second place team. After taking third in the 50-freestyle in 22.03, Hanson came back strong in the 100-butterfly with a first place finish in 51.70.

Till Pallmann, Southern Illinois
Freshman Zweibrucken, Germany / Helmholtz-Gymnasium
Till Pallmann dominated the 500-yard freestyle in a dual meet with Missouri S&T. The freshman won the event by 17 seconds, cruising to his third win in the event this year. Pallmann also anchored the 400-yard medley relay team that won the event in 3:29.35. He led off the 400-yard freestyle relay team that posted the second-fastest time (3;11.88). Southern lost the dual with the Miners, 121-84.