Women's Swimmer of the Week
Katey Brooks, Ohio
Senior, North Royalton, Ohio (North Royalton)
Katey had a very strong weekend for Ohio Swimming and Diving, playing a large role in the Bobcats’ dominating victory at the 2012 George Mason Patriot Invitational. In the seven events she swam throughout the three-day tournament, Brooks claimed four first-place finishes, one third-place effort and one fourth-place result. With all of her results, Katey had at least a hand in scoring 191 of Ohio’s 785.5 points throughout the weekend, helping the ‘Cats to a 136.5-point victory over the nearest competing team. Katey’s 100 free time from this weekend currently ranks third in the Mid-American Conference. She also swam important roles on the 200 Freestyle Relay (currently 1st in MAC), 400 Freestyle Relay (1st in MAC), 800 Freestyle Relay (1st in MAC), and 400 Medley Relay (1st in MAC).
Men's Swimmer of the Week
Isaac Springer, Missouri State
Freshman, Omaha, Neb. (Millard West High)
The Missouri State men, who were recently ranked No. 2 in the CollegeSwimming.com Mid Major Poll, traveled to the Purdue Invitational to take on a pair of NCAA Top 25 teams in No. 23 Louisville and No. 25 Purdue, along with Utah, Southern Illinois and Cincinnati.
Freshman Isaac Springer started off the invite with a lightning quick 100 breaststroke split (54.64) in the Bears’ 400 medley relay. Missouri State’s time of 3:16.92 was second only to Louisville. It was more than four seconds faster than the previous season best and is the top time in the MAC.
The Omaha, Neb. native came into the weekend with a season best of 58.44 in the 100 breast. During Saturday prelims, he led the way for the Bears with a 55.27 and the first NCAA ‘B’ cut for the Bears this season. In the championship finals, he stayed put as the No. 3 seed and bettered his time by .05 seconds. He now has the top time in the conference by more than two seconds and is ranked 18th in the nation.
Again boosting the Bears’ relays, Springer swam a 50-split of 25.16 in MSU’s third-place 200 medley relay. The Bears registered a MAC-best time of 1:30.56.
On the final day, Springer swam a lifetime best in the 200 breast (2:01.21) to finish sixth overall. Like the 100 breast, he leads the conference with his mark and also ranks 26th nationally in the event.
Carlena Magley, Ball State
Sophomore, Waterloo, Ind. (DeKalb)
Magley led the Cardinals with six wins – two individual and four relays. The sophomore won the 50 and 100 freestyles with times of 24.15 and 52.22, respectively. Magley finished second in the 200 free behind teammates Emily Wisolek and swam a season-best time of 1:55.96. Swam in the winning 200 freestyle, 200 medley, 400 freestyle and 400 medley relays.
Joseph Morris, Ball State
Junior, South Bend, Ind. (Clay)
Second place at the Doug Coers Invitational
Morris claimed two individual wins and helped the Cardinals in two relay victories. The junior swept the breaststroke events for the second consecutive week. Morris turned in a season-best 57.86 in the 100 breaststroke – the best in the MAC this season. His second win came in the 200 breaststroke where he clocked a season-best 57.86. Also turned in a season-best in the 500 free at 4:51.19. Morris was on the winning 400 medley and 800 freestyle relay teams.
Alexa Harris, Bowling Green
Senior, Moline, Ill. (Moline)
Harris had a hand in three of BGSU's six wins at the TYR Invitational, swimming against Big Ten opponents from Northwestern and Illinois. Harris placed first in the 200 backstroke, posting a season-best time of 1:58.99 and also led off the Falcons' winning 200- and 400 medley relay teams. Harris also finaled in the 200 IM and 100 backstroke, where she finished third with a season-best 2:05.12 in the 200 IM and fourth in the 100 backstroke, setting a career-best 56.17 in the morning prelims. The Falcons earned a total of 644 points at the TYR Invitational, finishing third behind Illinois and champion Northwestern.
Till Pallmann, Southern Illinois
Freshman, Zweibrucken, Germany (Helmholtz-Gymnasium)
Freshman Till Pallmann scored three top-six finishes at the Purdue Invitational. Pallmann finished third in the 500-yard freestyle (4:27.32), the highest finish for any Saluki swimmer at the event. He also finished sixth in the 200-yard individual medley (1:50.99) and 200-yard freestyle (1:38.78). He finished second in the B Final of the 100-yard freestyle, posting the seventh-fastest finals time (45.17). Pallmann broke the 20-second mark with his 19.99 split in the 200-yard freestyle relay, leading the Saluki men to a fourth-place finish in the event. He was also a member of SIU's third-place 800-yard freestyle relay team (6:44.06).