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This Week in WAC Swimming and Diving - Jan. 23

This Week in WAC Swimming and Diving - Jan. 23
 
MEN'S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: JAN. 15-21
CSU Bakersfield's Loren Gillilan and UNLV's Jesse Cawley have been named Western Athletic Conference Men's Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, for Jan. 15-21.
 
Gillilan, a sophomore from Fort Collins, Colo., won the 100 and 200 butterfly events and also helped the 'Runners to first-place finishes in the 400 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay. He won the 100 butterfly with a time of 47.85, the second-best time in the WAC this season.  In the 200 butterfly, Gillilan recorded a time of 1:49.13 and ranks sixth-best in the conference.
 
Cawley, a sophomore from Portland, Ore., competed against 12 other teams at the UCLA Dive Invite where he placed in the finals in all three events. His best finish came in the 3-meter dive as he earned fourth with 314.7 points. In the platform dive, Cawley scored 296.9 points for seventh place. He rounded out the performance earning 251.8 points and 16th in the 1-meter.
 
WOMEN'S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: JAN. 15-21
 California Baptist's Buse Topcu and Idaho's Janelle Lucas have been named the Western Athletic Conference Women's Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, for Jan. 15-21.
 
Topcu, a sophomore from Ankara, Turkey, won the 500 and 1,000 freestyle events in a dual against UC San Diego. Her time of 10:15.32 in the 1,000 freestyle ranks second-best in the WAC. She also recorded a time of 5:02.47 in the 500 freestyle and holds the fourth-best time in the conference.
 
Lucas, a senior from Mission Viejo, Calif., finished top-two in the 1-meter and 3-meter dives as Idaho swept the top three spots in both diving events against Northern Colorado. She won the 1-meter dive by a 21-point deficit earning 280.42 points. Lucas also finished second in the 3-meter posting a score of 273.52.
 
OTHER ATHLETES OF THE WEEK NOMINEES
Other men's swimmer nominees: Scott Tolman of California Baptist earned three top-three finishes in a dual against UC San Diego including a win in the 200 breaststroke... UNLV's Michal Cukanow holds the third-fastest time in the WAC in the 200 butterfly and sixth-best in the 100 butterfly.
 
Other women's swimmer nominees: CSU Bakersfield's Sabrina Zavala won the 500 and 1,000 freestyle in a dual against Fresno Pacific… Hanna McGowan of NM State swept both breaststroke events against New Mexico… Northern Colorado's Maddy Moore claimed two individual wins and helped a pair of relays to victory as UNC earned its fourth WAC-win of the season.
 
Other men's diver nominees: California Baptist's Garret Chew snagged two first-place finishes in a dual against UC San Diego and competed in the UCLA Diving Invite where he earned a 10th and 18th place finish.
 
Other women's diver nominees: Emily Dunkerson of California Baptist earned first in the 1-meter dive and second in the 3-meter against UC San Diego… NM State's Raina Brommer scored 282.60 points to take first in the 1-meter dive against New Mexico… Celeste Llona of Northern Colorado finished third and fifth against Idaho.
 
THIS WEEK IN WAC SWIMMING AND DIVING
CALIFORNIA BAPTIST
The Lancers competed at the UCLA Diving Invite and in a dual against UC San Diego. 
 
The men fell to UC San Diego 136-161 while the women lost 104-195. CBU competed in platform dives for the first time this season to wrap up the weekend at the UCLA Diving Invite. Garret Chew finished best for the men in tenth while Zane Freeman and Tyler Stevens followed in 13th and 14th, respectively. Emily Dunkerson, Kiree Lowe, and Janae Jizmejian were the only women to compete in the platfrom. Dunkerson scored 209.55 points, enough to break the school record. 
 
For the men against UC San Diego, Brandon Schuster posted a big race in the 400 individual medley as he broke the UCSD pool record and qualified with an automatic time in the CSCAA. Schuster also had two other top-three finishes in the 200 and 500 freestyle. Scott Tolman posted a pool record when he won the 100 breaststroke in 1:59.39. The Lancers swept first-through-third in the 200 butterfly and 1- and 3-meter dives. Chew won both boards scoring 300.97 on the 3-meter and 265.13 on 1-meter. 
 
The women were led by WAC Athlete of the Week, Buse Topcu as she took first in the 1,000 freestyle and claimed a B cut time. Alina Jungklaus finished best in the 400 individual medley at 4:27.98. On dives, Dunkerson took first in the 1-meter with 248.24 points and second in the 3-meter scoring 261.45 points. 
 
CSU BAKERSFIELD
The Roadrunner men defeated Fresno Pacific 208-85 while the women won 194-102. 
 
The men jumped out to a quick start taking the first three events including a win in the 400 medley relay. Jake Chir claimed two first-place finishes in the 100 breaststroke (56.74) and the 200 breaststroke (2:05.24). Loren Gillilan added two as well in the 200 butterfly (1:49.13) and the 100 butterfly (47.85). Adam Estrella totaled a career-best 275.85 points to win the 1-meter while Nate Cummins also set a career-high in the 3-meter with 280.13.
 
The women also started quick winning the first four events. Sabrina Zavala won two individual events in the 1,000 freestyle (10:30.01) and the 500 freestyle (5:04.49). Jayssie Haynes won the 100 backstroke and Autumn D'Arcy claimed first in the 50 freestyle. On dives, Lauren Carson won the 1-meter setting a career-best 214.65.
IDAHO
The Vandals fell to WAC opponent Northern Colorado, 118-182. Leah Fisk won the 200 freestyle recording a time of 1:54.88. Lauren Votava won the tightest race of the day in the 200 breaststroke touching the wall at 2:28.27. Sarah Hall and Emily Kliewer combined for three second-place finishes. Janelle Lucas won the 1-meter dive with 280.42 points and Nikki Imanaka found herself at the top in the 3-meter with 278.10. 
 
NM STATE
The Aggies lost 123.5-176.5 to rival New Mexico. Hanna McGowan won the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.45 followed by Katherine Harston earning gold in the 200 butterfly (2:06.68). McGowan then picked up her second win of the day in the 200 breaststroke (2:22.38). MacKinna Hauff picked up a win in the 3-meter dive scoring 286.13 points. Raina Brommer completed the sweep winning the 1-meter with a score of 282.60.
 
NORTHERN ARIZONA
Northern Arizona competed at the UCLA Diving Invite. 
 
NORTHERN COLORADO
The Bears posted a commanding win over Idaho, 182-118. UNC claimed the top three spots in the 200 butterfly and 50 freestyle. Hallie Peterson and Maddy Moore each won two events. Peterson took the top spot in the 200 butterfly and 200 individual medley recording times of 2:09.25 and 2:13.17. Moore's victories came in the 100 backstroke (58.15) and the 100 freestyle (52.81). Celeste Llona took third on the 1-meter board with 259.05. 
 
UNLV
The Rebels competed at the UCLA Diving Invite followed by the Friday Night Lights against UC Santa Barbara and Denver. 
 
CSCAA FALL ALL-AMERICA RECOGNITION
The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America has announced 713 teams that earned the distinction of Scholar All-America Team for the Fall 2018 semester. The teams represent 460 institutions and 16,502 student-athletes from across all NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA Divisions.
 
To earn the honors, teams must post a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the Fall Semester and maintain a roster of 12 or more student-athletes.
 
Grand Canyon was recognized as the top Division I men's program for the second year in a row with a GPA of 3.68.
 
The following are the men's Western Athletic Conference honorees:
 
 
Air Force (3.08)
 
California Baptist (3.29)
 
Grand Canyon (3.68)
 
Seattle U (3.20)
 
Wyoming (3.16) 
 
 
All eight WAC women's teams were recognized with Grand Canyon garnering the top GPA at 3.68. The following are the women's Western Athletic Conference honorees:
 
 
California Baptist (3.48)
 
CSU Bakersfield (3.05)
 
Grand Canyon (3.68)
 
Idaho (3.62)
 
NM State (3.45)
 
Northern Arizona (3.49)
 
Northern Colorado (3.40)
 
Seattle U (3.57)