This Week in WAC Swimming and Diving - Oct. 31

This Week in WAC Swimming and Diving - Oct. 31
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MEN'S ATHLETES OF THE WEEK: OCT. 24-30
California Baptist's Brandon Schuster and Wyoming's Ryan Russi have been named Western Athletic Conference Men's Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, for Oct. 24-30.
 
Schuster, a junior from Vaoala, Samoa, won five events in two duals throughout the week. He won the 100 breaststroke (56.41) and 500 freestyle (4:37.08) against Pomona-Pitzer. He followed with a win in the 200 freestyle (1:39.47), 500 freestyle (4:36.19), and 200 individual medley (1:51.90) against CSU Bakersfield. He currently holds the best time in the WAC in the 200 freestyle. Schuster has the second-best time in the WAC in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 and 400 individual medleys.
 
Russi, a senior from Murrieta, Calif., earned 18 points in a dual meet against Denver. He finished first in both dives with a score of 273.23 in the 1-meter and 303.83 in the 3-meter. He finished at least 60 points better than the runner-up in both dives.  
 
Other men's swimmer nominees: Kris Rogic of CSU Bakersfield finished top two in four events including first in the 100 and 200 backstroke… Wyoming's David Murphy won the 50-yard freestyle and finished top three in three other events.
 
Other men's diver nominee: California Baptist's Zane Freeman earned four top-two finishes in duals against Pomona-Pitzer and CSU Bakersfield.
 
WOMEN'S ATHLETES OF THE WEEK: OCT. 24-30
CSU Bakersfield's Autumn D'Arcy and California Baptist's Emily Dunkerson have been named Western Athletic Conference Women's Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, for Oct. 24-30.
 
D'Arcy, a freshman from Redlands, Calif., finished top two in four events against California Baptist. She won the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.80 which is second best in CSU Bakersfield program history. D'Arcy also won the 100 backstroke in 57.46. She led the 400 freestyle relay to a first-place finish (3:30.44) and the 200 medley relay to second (1:47.46). In the WAC, D'Arcy has the top time for the 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly, and 200 individual medley.
 
Dunkerson, a junior from Riverside, Calif., won three events against Pomona-Pitzer and CSU Bakersfield. In the first meet, Dunkerson won the 1-meter with a score of 279.83 and the 3-meter with 276.68. She won the 3-meter against CSU Bakersfield with 247.88 points but withdrew from the 1-meter.
 
Other women's swimmer nominee: California Baptist's Mackenzie Mergel claimed three first-place finishes and one runner-up in breastroke events.
 
Other women's diver nominee: Northern Arizona's Tatiana Kurach placed first in the 1-meter and second in the 3-meter in a dual against New Mexico.
 
THIS WEEK IN WAC SWIMMING AND DIVING 
AIR FORCE 
The Falcons fell 183-114 to the University of Denver. The Falcons fared well in diving sweeping the top three spots in the 3-meter. Cole Armagost took first followed by Jack Macceca and Jack Zocher. The same three placed in the same order in the 1-meter but in second, third, and fourth. Andrew Limpert won the 200 butterfly (1:51.66), Aaron Pang finished best in 100 butterfly (50.26) and Zachary Nelson took first in the 200 breaststroke (2:07.20). 
 
CALIFORNIA BAPTIST
The California Baptist men's team won back-to-back duals against Pomona-Pitzer and CSU Bakersfield. They defeated Pomona-Pitzer 187-107. The Lancers swept the top four spots in the 200 freestyle and the top three spots in the 50 freestyle. They also placed the top two swimmers in the 100 backstroke and 200 breaststroke. Brandon Schuster won the 100 breaststroke (56.51) and the 500 freestyle (4:37.08) CBU also claimed the top three positions in the 1-meter and 3-meter dives. 
 
Against CSU Bakersfield, the Lancers won 185-115. Schuster won all three events that he swam in including the 200 freestyle (1:39.47) and  the 200 individual medley (1:51.90). Zane Freeman tallied 297.45 points in the 3-meter dive for a first-place finish and also stole second in the 1-meter. 
 
The women also had a two-meet win week defeating Pomona-Pitzer and CSU Bakersfield. They topped Pomona-Pitzer 174-117. Mackenzie Mergel won the 100 breaststroke (1:05.40) and the 200 breaststroke (2:22.55). In dives, the Lancers placed the top four finishers in both events. Emily Dunkerson won the 1-meter with a score of 276.68. 
 
The Lancers won a close dual over CSU Bakersfield 153-147. Dunkerson won the 3-meter board with 247.88 points. Kiree Lowe scored 218.48 points to win the 1-meter. For swimming, Emily Longfellow won the 200 individual medley (2:06.54) and the 200 backstroke (2:08.42). CBU swept the top-three in the 200 backstroke. 
 
CSU BAKERSFIELD
The men lost 185-115 to California Baptist despite winning a few events. Kris Rogic won the 100 backstroke (48.87) and the 200 backstroke (1:49.27). Both were his season-best times. Richie Campbell won the 50 freestyle in 21.15 while teammate, Noah Hickman, took second. Loren Gillian nearly set a personal record in the 100 butterfly taking first in 48.27. 
 
The women lost by a narrow margin to California Baptist, 153-147. Autumn D'Arcy led the 'Runners with a win in the 100 butterfly (54.80), 100 backstroke (57.56), and swam in the winning 400 freestyle relay. Alisa Cooke finished first in the 100 freestyle in a time of 53.02. 
 
NORTHERN ARIZONA
Northern Arizona lost 186-114 to New Mexico. Hope Williams won the 100 breaststroke for their first victory in the dual and Maddie Seidl followed winning the 200 butterfly. NAU placed first and second in the 3-meter dive as Christina Torrente claimed the victory.
 
WYOMING
Wyoming fell 184-114 to the University of Denver. Mitchell Hovis won the 100 breastroke recording a 56.84. David Murphy was best in the 50 freestyle touching at the 20.81 mark. In the 1-meter dive, Ryan Russi tallied 273.23 points to take first. He also won the 3-meter dive with 303.83 points.