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This Week in WAC Swimming and Diving - Jan. 30

This Week in WAC Swimming and Diving - Jan. 30
 
MEN'S ATHLETES OF THE WEEK: JAN. 15-21
Grand Canyon's Daniil Antipov and Wyoming's Ryan Russi have been named Western Athletic Conference Men's Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, for Jan. 22-28.
 
Antipov, a senior from Krasnoyarsk, Russia, led the Lopes with three individual victories in a win over Simon Fraser. His best performance came in the 100 butterfly as he recorded a 47.19 and made NCAA B Cut. He also won the 1,000 freestyle (9:32.87) and the 200 butterfly (1:47.46). Antipov leads the WAC in the 100 and 200 butterfly.
 
Russi, a senior from Murrieta, Calif., won the 1-meter dive and placed second in the 3-meter in a dual against UNLV. He tallied 291.08 points for first in the 1-meter and followed with a season-high 314.70 points on the 3-meter to earn runner-up. This was his second straight meet winning the 1-meter. Russi posted 13 points for the Cowboys in a 156-140 win.
 
WOMEN'S ATHLETES OF THE WEEK: JAN. 22-28
Idaho's Katie Hale and Janelle Lucas have been named the Western Athletic Conference Women's Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, for Jan. 22-28.
 
Hale, a freshman from Park City, Utah, led Idaho in a tri-dual sweep against Grand Canyon and Simon Fraser as she won three individual events and led off a winning relay. She won the 50 freestyle in 23.85 and the 100 backstroke in 57.48, both season-bests. Hale also won the 200 backstroke (2:06.19) and led the 200 medley relay to first (1:45.84).
 
Lucas, a senior from Mission Viejo, Calif., posted scores above 300 for both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives for the first time in her career. She won the 1-meter board with 305.75 points. On the 3-meter Lucas earned a score of 305.95, good for third place. This is her second week in a row earning this honor.
 
OTHER ATHLETES OF THE WEEK NOMINEES
Other men's swimmer nominees: Scott Tolman of California Baptist took first in the 100 and 200 breaststroke against Air Force…  UNLV's Hayden Hemmens holds the sixth fastest WAC time in the 200 freestyle and backstroke…  David Murphy of Wyoming scored 26 points for the Cowboys while winning the 50 and 100 freestyles.
 
Other women's swimmer nominees: California Baptist's Isabella Rhodes won the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, and 200 individual medley in a tri-dual sweep over Air Force and Pepperdine… Marina McInelly of Grand Canyon collected two individual wins in the 100 and 200 breaststroke as the Lopes defeated Simon Fraser.
 
Other men's diver nominees: California Baptist's Garret Chew placed top-two in both boards stealing first on the 3-meter with 298.10 points… Pietro Hufnagel Toscani of Grand Canyon swept both diving events tallying 334.55 on the 1-meter and 339.85 on the 3-meter… UNLV's Tazman Abramowicz earned first and second posting 225.63 points to win the 3-meter.
 
Other women's diver nominees: Emily Dunkerson of California Baptist swept both diving events with 234.50 and 268 points… Grand Canyon's Menna El-Midany won the 3-meter dive with 309.60 points and took second on the 1-meter... Jenny Cheetham of Northern Arizona finished top-three in both dives against Boise State earning second with 296.10 points in the 1-meter and third in the 3-meter with 269.85.
 
THIS WEEK IN WAC SWIMMING AND DIVING
AIR FORCE
Air Force men were upended by California Baptist 171-129. The Falcons still managed to win six events with five coming from invidividuals. Jack Macceca took gold on the 1-meter dive with 264.50 points. Adam Grimm finished best in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 9:44.38. Cole McAnany won the 100 backstroke (50.05) and Peter Lochmaier stole first in the 200 butterfly (1:51.48). Aaron Pang swam a 49.72 in the 100 butterfly to win the event.
 
CALIFORNIA BAPTIST
The CBU men were victorious over Air Force, 171-129. The Lancers won both relays along with many individual victories. Garret Chew won the 3-meter dive with a score of 298.10 points. California Baptist swept the 200 backstroke taking first through fourth to pull away from the Falcons. Robert Moseley led the way recording a 1:50.72. Josh Walters placed first in the 50 freestyle and second in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. Brandon Schuster won the 200 individual medley and the 200 freestyle while Scott Tolman swept first in both breastroke events.
 
The women defeated Air Force 158.5-141.5 and Pepperdine 240-57 snagging ten first-place finishes. Isabella Rhodes won the 50 freestyle (24.11), the 100 freestyle (51.74) and the 200 individual medley (2:06.83). Emily Dunkerson and Kiree Lowe took first and third on both boards. Rebeca Oviedo won the 200 freestyle (1:54.12) and the 500 freestyle (5:04.37). Mackenzie Mergel won the 1,000 freestyle (10:23.84) while Alina Jungklaus won the 200 butterfly (2:07.84).
 
GRAND CANYON
The Grand Canyon men posted a dominating win over Simon Fraser, 184-100. Daniil Antipov led the Lopes with three individual victories in the 1,000 freestyle (9:32.87), the 100 butterfly (47.19), and the 200 freestyle (1:41.47). In the 50 freestyle, GCU swept first-through-third with Mazen Shoukri earning the win at 20.66. Asahi Nagahata won the 100 breaststroke (57.35) and the 200 breaststroke (2:08.15). Grand Canyon also swept the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays. On dives, Pietro Hufnagel Toscani won the 1-meter and 3-meter dives.
 
The women lost to Idaho 174-125 but beat Simon Fraser 148-143. Marina McInelly won the 100 breaststroke (1:04.78) and the 200 breastroke (2:23.16). Agueda Cons-Gestido won the 1,000 freestyle witha time of 10:29.50 and took second in the 500 freestyle. Menna El-Midany won the 3-meter dive while taking second in the 1-meter.
 
IDAHO
The Vandals swept a tri-dual defeating Grand Canyon 174-125 and Simon Fraser 187-105. Katie Hale won three individual events including the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, and 50 freestyle. Leah Fisk won the 200 freestyle (1:51.86) and the 100 freestyle (52.19). Janelle Lucas also made an impact on the dives winning the 1-meter with a career-best 305.75.
 
NORTHERN ARIZONA
NAU lost 78-173 to Boise State in a dual. The Lumberjacks won six events between two days of competition. Hope Williams won the 200 breaststroke (2:27.70) and Niamh McDonagh won the 400 individual medley (4:31.02). Northern Arizona took the top two places in the 1-meter dive with Tatiana Kurach placing best scoring 301.73 points.
 
UNLV
The Rebels dropped a dual to Wyoming, 150-146. Tazman Abramowicz won both dives while Jesse Cawley took third on the 3-meter. Hayden Hemmens won the 200 freestyle in 1:38.44 and the 200 backstroke in 1:49.96. Michal Cukanow placed best in 200 butterfly clocking in at 1:50.34. Ivan Cukov won the 200 individual medley (1:53.03) and snagged a couple second-place finishes. 
 
WYOMING
Wyoming defeated UNLV 150-146 winning nine events. Ryan Netzel finished the 1,000 freestyle in 9:36.93 for gold. Tyler Klatt won the 100 backstroke (50.05) and Liam Holt earned first in the 100 breaststroke (56.09). David Murphy and James Bouda took the top-two spots in the 50 freestyle. Ryan Russi won the 1-meter dive and placed second on the 3-meter with a season-high 314.70 points.