DENVER – Grand Canyon's Mark Nikolaev and Pietro Hufnagel Toscani have been named Western Athletic Conference Men's Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, for Oct. 1-8.
Nikolaev, a senior from Seltso, Russia, won all six events that he participated in at the TYR Fall Classic. His time in the 100-yard backstroke (47.33) made the NCAA B cut and currently ranks him No. 2 in the NCAA. He won the 200-yard backstroke (1:46.68), and helped the Lopes win four relays including the 200 medley (1:30.45), 400 medley (3:17.45), 200 free (1:21.86), and 400 free (3:02.04).
Hufnagel Toscani, a junior from Sao Paulo, Brazil, swept the 1-meter and 3-meter dives at the TYR Fall Classic. He won the 1-meter with a score of 280.20 and the 3-meter with 275.90. Hufnagel Toscani claimed first by a combined 23.95 points between both events.
Other swimmer nominee: California Baptist's Jerome Heidrich won four events at the PSCS Pentathlon including the 200, 50, and 25 freestyle plus the freestyle pentathlon… Kris Rogic of CSU Bakersfield competed in four events and finished best in sixth in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:51.10.
Other diver nominee: California Baptist's Zane Freeman won both diving events with scores of 250 and 299.70.