MAC Swimmers of the Week

Updated 10/28/2013

Women's Swimmer of the Week

Brittney Kuras, Buffalo, Senior

Brittney Kuras won three events against Toledo on Saturday.  Kuras' first win came in the 200 freestyle. She finished with a time of 1:51.76. She next won the 100 freestyle with a time of 50.75. Her third win came in the 200 IM. The Canadaigua, NY native had a time of 2:06.33.

 

Men's Swimmer of the Week

Garret Nevels, Missouri State, Junior

Junior Garrett Nevels swept the 1- and 3-meter diving events for Missouri State against Division II power Drury Friday at home. Nevels broke his own school record in the 1-meter event with 357.67 points, set last season by seven hundreths, and also took down the Hammons Student Center Pool record, which stood for 26 years, by over 18 points. He won the 3-meter event with 358.35 points, pacing the field by over 91 points. Nevels made the NCAA Zone D cut in both events.

 

Other Nominees

Bridgette Ruehl, Ball State, Senior

In addition to swimming the second leg for the winning 200-yard medley relay, Ruehl would post individual wins in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events with times of 1:03.61 and 2:21.44, respectively. Ruehl enters the 2013-14 season as the defending Mid-American Conference champion in both events.

 

Victoria Griffin, Bowling Green, Freshman

Swimming in her first collegiate dual meet, Griffin was a part of three victories in four events she swam in. She individually accounted for 31 of the Falcons’ 126 points in the meet. In the 200 freestyle event, Griffin won with a time of 1:50.71. Griffin’s time was over a second better than second place—the school-record holder in the event at BG. In the 100 freestyle, Griffin also finished first with a time of 51.49. Once again, she swam faster than the previous school record holder for the Falcons, who finished second. In the meet’s final race, Griffin led off the Falcons’ 400 freestyle relay team, getting the Falcons out to a strong start, as her split of 52.06 got the Falcons’ off to a strong lead by nearly a second. Griffin also raced in the 50 freestyle, placing fourth, just .02 seconds behind third place.

 

Ashton Bishop, University of Evansville, Junior

For the second meet in a row junior Ashton Bishop was the Aces top performer. At the Indiana Intercollegiate, Bishop finished among the top 4 swimmers in 3 events. In the 50 free Bishop finished fourth with a time of 21.27, he finished second in the 100 free with a time of 46.69 which was .28 seconds better than his previous best time. Bishop was also part of the men’s 200-yard free relay team, which finished third in the event. The Aces men’s team finished fourth in the meet, while the Aces as a whole finished second.

 

Kristen Nunnelly, Toledo, Sophomore

Kristen Nunnelly won two individual events for the Rockets in their opening MAC meet against Buffalo. Nunnelly won by almost two seconds in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:06.13 and almost five seconds in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:04.86. Nunnelly also was a part of the 200-yard medley ‘C’ relay team which placed fourth.

 

Beth Rogers, Toledo, Senior

Beth Rogers swam for the 200-yard medley relay ‘A’ team which narrowly took the win over Buffalo’s A team with a time of 1:46.78. Rogers also won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.85 and placed second in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.74.

 

Stephanie LeMore, Miami, Freshman

LeMire led Miami to a conference road win against Akron on Saturday, Oct. 26, with two individual first-place finishes and a strong performance as a member of Miami’s 200 medley relay team that finished second with a time of 1:46.56, only .28 seconds behind the first-place finishing team. LeMire then went on to win the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.11 and then the 200 breast with a time of 2:22.42. 

 

Haleigh Barlett, Ohio, Junior

Bartlett took the top spot in the one-meter diver with a score of 267.65 and won the three-meter dive with a score of 308.93 to help the Ohio University swimming & diving team (1-0, 1-0 MAC) defeat Ball State, 162-138 Saturday in a Mid-American Conference dual meet at Lewellen Aquatic Center.

 

Rachel Stearns, Ohio, Senior

Stearns took first place in three events to help the Ohio University swimming & diving team (1-0, 1-0 MAC) defeat Ball State, 162-138 Saturday in a Mid-American Conference dual meet at Lewellen Aquatic Center. She won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 57.44 seconds, the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:04.40 and the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:09.49.

 

Monica Dorszewski, Eastern Michigan, Junior

Dorszewski came out on top in both of the breaststroke events in Eastern Michigan University’s 166-126 win over Mid-American Conference opponent Bowling Green State University.  The junior claimed the 200 breast in 2:19.48, which ranks as the top time in the conference for the week, and is also ranked in the top-20 for weekly national competition.  Additionally she took the 100 breast with a time of 1:04.44, which was second in conference times for the week and in the top-15 for weekly national results.  She also competed in the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay to help the Eagles secure the win.

 

Erin Seiler, Akron, Sophomore

Erin Seiler notched the Zips lone individual first-place finish this past weekend against Miami (Ohio), which came in the 100-yard butterfly at a time of 57.58. Seiler was also a part of Akron’s first place 200-yard medley relay and 200-yard freestyle relay teams. 

 

Oleg Rabota, SIU, Senior

Rabota, a senior won the 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke against SEC swimming powerhouses Kentucky and Missouri, both of which finished in the top-25 in the 2012-13 season. The Almaty, Kazakhstan native finished with a time of 1:41.91 in the 200- freestyle while winning the 200- freestyle in 1:50.77. Rabota was also a part of SIU's 200- freestyle relay team that finished second behind Kentucky with a time of 1:23.69.