Men's Swimmer of the Week
Grant Stafford, Miami University, Freshman
Brentwood, Tenn./Ravenwood High School
Stafford won two individual events in a 171-112 win over Evansville on Saturday, Jan 18. He won in both the 1000 freestyle and the 500 freestyle in comfortable wins. In the 1000 freestyle, he finished with a time of 9:52.64, nearly 20 seconds faster than the next fastest in that event. He finished the 500 freestyle six seconds faster than the next fastest with a time of 4:47.22.
Women's Swimmer of the Week
Victoria Griffin, Bowling Green, Freshman
Littlestown, Pa. / Delone Catholic
Victoria Griffin won two events and swam the first leg of the 200 freestyle relay that completed a late comeback as Bowling Green defeated Michigan State 150-144. Griffin remained unbeaten in dual meets in the 100 and 200 freestyle this year, winning the 100 in 51.63 seconds and the 200 in 1:51.51. Without divers, BGSU trailed Michigan State by 12 points with two events to go. After Joelle Scheps won the 200 individual medley, BGSU still trailed by three, but Griffin swam the opening leg as the 200 freestyle relay team raced to a time of 1:34.94 to take first place and vault the Falcons past the Spartans.
Andrew Henry, Eastern Michigan University, Sophomore
Garner, N.C./West Johnston
Eastern Michigan University sophomore Andrew Henry led all Eagles in individual victories, as he came out on top over both Mid-American Conference opponent the University at Buffalo and Big Ten member Michigan State University in the Eagles’ two dual wins, Saturday, Jan. 18. The Green and White defeated both teams with ease, as the Bulls were topped by a 195-105 margin and the Spartans were taken down, 205-95. Henry started off the afternoon with a 1:38.38 win in the 200 free, then switched up strokes to record a team season-best time of 1:50.18 in the 200 back. The Garner, N.C. native finished up with another team season-best time in the 200 individual medley, clocking in at 1:51.52.
Monica Dorszewski, Eastern Michigan University, Junior
Eastern Michigan University junior Monica Dorszewski won both of the breastroke events in EMU’s victories over Michigan State University and Mid-American Conference opponent the University at Buffalo, Saturday, Jan. 18. The Eagles fought hard to top the Bulls, 152-148, while they easily handled the Spartans, 193-106. Dorszewski first swam the fastest time for the team of the 2013-14 season in the 100 breast, clocking in at 1:03.91. She then claimed victory by touching in at 2:19.27 in the 200 breast. The Palatine, Ill. native also swam in the 200 medley relay team that finished in 1:47.44 and the 400 freestyle relay team whose 3:35.88 finish was part of the final event that clinched the victory for the Eagles over Buffalo.
Elizabeth Zilch, Miami University, Sophomore
Cincinnati, Ohio/Saint Ursula Academy
Zilch helped Miami to a 183-109 victory over Evansville Saturday, Jan. 18, helping contribute 24 points in the win. Zilch was a winner in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:09.26 and contributed to Miami’s first-place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:49.49). She also added a second-place finish in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.62.
Ashton Bishop, University of Evansville, Junior
Katy, Texas / Katy
University of Evansville junior Ashton Bishop had an outstanding meet this past weekend against Miami of Ohio (a conference rival). Bishop finished first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.08, second in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 47.59 and first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 52.95, beating the next closest finisher by 1.58 seconds.
Haley Richter, Ball State, Senior
Roanoke, Ind. /Columbia City
Richter claimed an individual win and was a member of two winning relays in the dual victory over Eastern Illinois. The senior’s 50 free time of 23.76 ranks sixth in program history. She anchored the 200 free relay that turned in a 1:37.54 and she swam a 23.26 split. The butterfly specialist had a 55.13 split in the winning 400 medley relay that finished with a time of 3:52.07 which ranks ninth in the Ball State record book.
Michael Oaks, Ball State, Senior
Franklin, Ind. / Franklin Community
Oaks gave the Cardinals two individual wins and was a member of a winning relay in a dual meet victory against Eastern Illinois. Oaks swam a 47.80 100 free to take first place and a 1:46.92 in the 200 free. His 200 free time was three seconds faster than his nearest competitor. The senior co-captain swam the first leg of the 200 free relay turning in a 22.12 split that set up a season-best time of 1:25.99.
Vitalii Baryshok, Missouri State, Junior
Lugansk, Ukraine (Lugansk Taras Shevchenko National University)
Missouri State junior Vitalii Baryshok won three events to help the Bears defeat Division II Truman State on the road, 156-93. Baryshok won the 100-yard freestyle (45.84) and swam the breaststroke leg of a winning 200-medley relay. MSU won that event in 1:30.50. Baryshok swam second in the 200-free relay as the Bears took that event in 1:23.41.