MAC Announces Swimming and Diving Athletes of the Week

Updated 12/4/2012

Women's Swimmer of the Week
Bekka Westrick, Miami
Senior, Fairfield Ohio (Fairfield)

The senior from Fairfield, Ohio had a record-setting weekend at the 2012 Miami Invitational (Nov. 29-Dec. 1), breaking three varsity records, three pool records and two meet records. On Thursday, she broke Miami’s varsity record for the 200 freestyle on her leadoff leg (1:47.55) in the event-winning 800 freestyle relay. On Friday, in the individual 200 free, Westrick let loose with a first-place and varsity record time of 1:47.29. Later Friday evening, in her 50 free victory, she nearly broke the Miami and pool records with a time of 22.75.  On Saturday, in her 100 butterfly triumph, Westrick’s winning time of 52.91 set varsity, meet and pool records. She also won the 100 free event in 49.93, slightly slower than the pool record of 49.59. Westrick’s blazing anchor leg in the 400 free relay led Miami to victory in 3:21.97, just a fraction of a second slower than the varsity record of 3:21.53.

Men's Swimmer of the Week 
Mike Dugan, Buffalo
Junior, Rotterdam, NY (Mohonasen)
At the Zippy Invitational, won by the UB men by nearly 800 points, juniors Mike Dugan won two individual events and was part of four of UB’s five winning relay squads. Dugan set the meet and pool record and earned an NCAA B cut with his win in the 50-yard freestyle in 20.16 and won the 100-yard butterfly by a hundredth of a second over teammate Cory Zorsch. In the relays, Dugan anchored the UB men to a win in the 200-yard freestyle relay as Matt Hogan, Zorsch, Ryan Smrekar and Dugan broke the meet and pool record set in last season’s meet by the Bulls by one-hundredth of a second as the UB foursome finished in 1:22.45 to eclipse last season’s winning mark of 1:22.46. Dugan also anchored the winning 400-yard medley relay (3:19.83) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:03.89). He swam the butterfly leg of the victorious 800-yard medley relay to a 6:50.57 finish.
 

Other Nominees: 
 

Men's:
Joseph Morris, Ball State
Junior, South Bend, Ind. (Clay) 
Team Results: Second place at the Doug Coers Invitational
Morris achieved a NCAA B Standard time in the 100 breast with a time of 55.34 at the Eastern Michigan Invitational. The junior came in second in the 200 breast, improving his season best by nearly five seconds with a time of 2:03.23. He turned in a time of 1:55.12 in the 200 IM, it was the first time he competed in that event this season and he was the second-fastest Cardinal in the event. Morris was a member of four relays that set season-best times.

 
Jacob Hanson, Eastern Michigan
Senior, Bloomington, Ill. (Normal Community)
Senior, Jacob Hanson, helped the Eagles place second in the 2012 EMU Invitational Friday-Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Hanson won the 400 individual medley with a time of 3:53.13, which ranks as the best ever in the EMU Invite. He was also the anchor of the first place 200 freestyle relay team that touched the wall in 1:21.47. He took second in the 200 individual medley and 200 backstroke while also helping the 400 medley relay and 200 medley relay teams to second place finishes.
 
Till Pallmann, Southern Illinois
Freshman, Zweibrucken, Germany (Helmholtz-Gymnasium)
Till Pallmann advanced to the finals in the 500-yard freestyle at the USA Swimming Winter Nationals and posted the 12th-fastest time in the event during the three-heat finals (4:25.88). He won the C Final in the event. At the national competition, Pallmann also competed in the preliminaries for the 200-yard IM (1:51.59), 200-yard freestyle (1:38.91) and 100-yard freestyle (45.59).
 

Women's: 
Kelsea Cross, Akron 
Senior, Columbus, Ind. (Columbus North)
Akron finished 5th of 10 Teams (999 points) at Zippy Invitational hosted by Akron (Nov. 30-Dec. 2)
Individually, Cross contributed 67 points to the Zips team total at the Zippy Invitational, which was hosted by the University of Akron over the weekend. Cross scored a pair of fourth place finishes in the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard backstroke. After swimming a season best time of 56.12 in the prelims of the 100 back, Cross swam 56.41 in the final. She also posted a season best time of 2:02.29 in the finals of the 200 back. In addition, Cross added a 12th place finish in the 200-yard IM with a season best swim of 2:06.95. She also led off the fourth place 200-yard medley relay (1:45.70) and fifth place 400-yard medley relay (3:52.66) for UA. As a team, the Zips finished fifth of 10 teams with 999 points. 

Bridgette Ruehl, Ball State
Junior, Lowell, Ind. (Lowell) 
Team Results: Third at the House of Champions
Ruehl was the only Cardinal to claim an individual victory at the House of Champions – sweeping the breaststroke. She turned in a season-best time of 2:20.36 in the 200 breast and touched at 1:04.91 in the 100 breast.  She swam the breaststroke leg of the 400 medley relay that turned in a season-best 3:52.45 for second place. 
 
Brittany Szekely, Bowling Green
Junior, Missoula, Mont. (Loyola Sacred Heart) 
A junior from Missoula, Mont., led the Falcons to a strong showing in the school's first-ever appearance in the USA Swimming AT&T Winter National Championships.  Szekely broke the school record in the 100 freestyle, swimming a time of 50.31.  That mark is nearly a second faster than her previous career best of 51.09.  Szekely also nearly broke the BGSU record in the 50 free, where her time of 23.14 ranks as the second-fastest in school history.  She also swam a season-best 56.45 in the 100 butterfly.  On top of her individual accomplishments in Austin, Szekely helped the Falcons qualify to their first final of the competition in the 200 medley relay, where Bowling Green finished first in the B final and ninth overall in the event.  
 
Brittney Kuras, Buffalo
Senior, Canandaigua, NY (Canandaigua Academy)
At the Zippy Invitational, senior Brittney Kuras won three individual races to lead the UB women. She broke the meet record by two-tenths of a second to win the women’s 200-yard IM in 2:01.19, establishing an NCAA B cut. Kuras also won the women’s 100-yard freestyle in a season-best 50.32 and had a season-best performance in the women’s 200-yard freestyle as she  shaved a second from her previous top time to win the race in 1:48.34, two seconds ahead of Toledo’s Carly Harter. Kuras was instrumental in all three of their relay wins. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, Kuras, Alex Swies, Karly Moore and Mallory Morrell shaved three seconds off their previous top time to win in 1:33.98. On Saturday, Kuras anchored the UB women to a victory in the 800-yard medley relay teaming with Jessica Powers, Emma Miller and Becky Evangelista to take the timed final in 7:30.01. UB finished the meet with a win in the 400-yard freestyle as Kuras anchored the foursome which also included Morrell, Marissa Murphy and Evangelista to a 3:25.04 clocking, nearly eight seconds ahead of the relay squad’s previous best from last month.
 
Briana Emig, Eastern Michigan
Senior, Sewickly, Pa. (Ambridge)
Senior, Briana Emig, led the Eagles to a first place finish in the 2012 EMU Invitational Friday-Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1. Emig won a pair of races for Eastern over the weekend, while helping a pair of relay teams to second place finishes. Emig won the 1,650 freestyle Friday afternoon with a time of 16:09.94, nearly 40 seconds faster than the second place finisher. Saturday, Emig raced to a first place finish in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:19.80. Emig helped to second place finishes in both the 800 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay.
 
Addison Ferguson, Ohio
Freshman, Westfield Center, Ohio (Cloverleaf) 
Addison had a strong weekend for Ohio Swimming and Diving, helping to pace the ‘Cats to a second-place finish at the 2012 Zippy Invitational in Akron. The freshman had a hand in scoring 286 of Ohio’s 1,211 points in the three-day invitational. 
In the seven events she swam at the competition, Ferguson earned three first-place finishes, one second-place result, and one third-place finish. Addison’s 200 Medley Relay team set a new meet record at the invitational, finishing in a brisk 1:43.53. This was also the fourth fastest time in Ohio program history. 
As of Tuesday morning, Ferguson’s 100 Backstroke and 400 Medley Relay times rank first in the Mid-American Conference. She also swam important roles on the 200 Medley Relay (2nd in the MAC) and 200 Freestyle Relay (2nd in the MAC). Finally, her 100 Butterfly time of 56.30 is currently fifth in the conference. 
 
Christina Noens, Toledo
Junior, Indianapolis, IN (Lawrence North)
Christina Noens won the 200-yard backstroke race at Akron's Ocasek Natatorium on Sunday with a meet-and-school-record time of 1:57.71, qualifying her for the NCAA "B+" cut. The junior helped Toledo cruise to a first-place finish at the Zippy Invite by accumulating 120 points. She recorded three additional top-10 finishes throughout the weekend, finishing eighth in the 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard medley relay