DENVER - Denver's Samantha Corea and Northern Arizona's Kristy Ardavanis have been named the Western Athletic Conference Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, for Oct. 15-21.
Corea, a sophomore from Vancouver, British Columbia (Magee Secondary School), recorded a pair of individual victories and was a member of two first-place relay teams as the Pioneers defeated Colorado State 181-117, Saturday at El Pomar Natatorium in Denver. Corea posted a time of 55.66 to win the 100 backstroke and a time of 55.57 to take first in the 100 butterfly. She also recorded a meet-best split of 23.87 to help the Pioneers win the 200 medley relay with a team-time of 1:44.10 before racing the final leg of the 400 freestyle relay to help Denver to a first-place finish with a time of 3:32.11. Corea is currently ranked first in the WAC in the 100 backstroke and the 100 butterfly, and is a member of Denver's top-ranked 200 medley relay team.
Ardavanis, a senior from Gilbert, Ariz. (Mesquite H.S.), was the top Lumberjack finisher on both boards as NAU defeated New Mexico 152-148. She placed second on 1-meter at 319.28, finishing just six points back of first place and 19 points ahead of third place. She then placed third on 3-meter with a score of 322.58. Both of those scores already qualify Ardavanis for the NCAA Zone meet after her first competition of the year, as she will compete in the NCAA Zone meet for the fourth consecutive season.
Other swimmers nominated: CSU Bakersfield freshman Michaela Paige, Northern Arizona junior Emma Lowther, North Dakota senior Veronica Medon and Seattle U senior Kevlyn Richards.
Other divers nominated: Denver freshman Hannah Feldman.