Men's Swimmer of the Week
Cole Bateman, Eastern Michigan University, Freshman
Rookie Eagle Cole Bateman competed in three events for the Green and White, all of which were victories in the 184-116 win over Denison University, Jan. 10. The freshman was the lead swimmer in the 200 medley relay team, which won with a 1:32.80 mark. He went on to win the 100 and 200 back, clocking in at 51.53 and 1:52.24, respectively.
Women's Swimmer of the Week
Jessie Godlewski, Eastern Michigan University, Junior
Eastern Michigan University junior Jessie Godlewski won three events for the Green and White when the Eagles topped on Denison University, 181-118, Jan. 10. She raced to victory in the 200 fly with a 2:04.85 mark, over three seconds ahead of the next competitor. In the 200 back, she paced all swimmers at 2:07.49, and in the 200 IM the junior sprinted to an exciting down-to-the-wire victory over her teammate, clinching the win in 2:09.09. Godlewski was also a part of the 200 medley relay team that finished in 1:48.86.
Maria Bargardi, University of Toledo, Junior
Maria Bargardi led the way for the Rockets, recording two wins in Saturday’s meet against No. 16 Ohio State. Bargardi won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:02.13 and tied for first place in the 100-yard with a time of 57.21. She also swam on Toledo’s 200-yard medley relay B team and in the 400-yard IM, finishing sixth in both events.
Beth Rogers, University of Toledo, Senior
Beth Rogers recorded another win in Toledo’s meet against No. 16 Ohio State, finishing first in the 200-yard butterfly with a pool-record time of 2:01.51. Rogers also recorded a second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly, and a third-place finish in both the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relay.
Rachel Stearns, Ohio University, Senior
Stearns won two events and placed second in another to help the Ohio University swimming & diving team (4-1, 2-0 MAC) win nine events, post four top-three sweeps and record several new pool records en route to recording a 157-143 victory over Denison University on Saturday (Jan. 11) at the Trumbulle Aquatic Center. Stearns won the 200-yard backstroke in 2:03.53, setting a pool record. She also prevailed in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:32.14 and finished second in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 57.83. Ohio returns to conference action on Jan. 25 when it visits the University of Akron. The dual meet is slated to get underway at 1 p.m. ET.
Bridgette Ruehl, Ball State, Senior
Ruehl has won every breaststroke event final she has participated in this season and that streak continued against IUPUI and Xavier on Friday, Jan. 10. Ball State posted wins over both teams. Ruehl posted times of 1:05.34 in the 100 breast and 2:21.75 in the 200 breast. She was also a member of the 200 medley relay that earned first place with a time of 1:46.97.
Drew Tharp, Ball State, Senior
Tharp swept the butterfly events against IUPUI and Xavier on Friday, Jan. 10. Tharp earned a 51.52 in the 100 fly before clocking a 1:54.19 in the 200 fly. Tharp also swam the butterfly leg of the 200 medley relay that clocked a 1:39.69.
Stephanie LeMire, Miami University, Freshman
LeMire helped Miami to a 177-119 victory over Cincinnati Thursday, Jan. 9, with two individual wins, sweeping the breaststroke events. LeMire won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.54. She then won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:20.04, finishing nearly three seconds faster then the second-place finisher.
Dan Nemeth, Miami University, Senior
Nemeth contributed 31 points in a win over Cincinnati, 162-134, on Thursday, Jan. 9. Nemeth anchored Miami’s first-place finishing 200 medley relay team that swam a time of 1:34.63. He also was a member of Miami’s first-place 200 freestyle relay. He anchored it as well, helping them to a 1:24.97 time. Nemeth also won individually in the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.99.
Uvis Kalnins, Missouri State, Sophomore
Missouri State sophomore Uvis Kalnins won three events and finished second in another to help the Bears defeat Division II Colorado Mesa on the road, 133-85. Kalnins won the 500-yard free (4:50.76) and 100 IM (51.38) individually. He also helped his 100-free relay squad to victory in 38.50, while swimming the anchor leg in the race. Additionally, Kalnins clocked the second-best time in the 100 butterfly (52.19), despite the time being exhibitioned.