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This Week in WAC Swimming and Diving - Oct. 11

This Week in WAC Swimming and Diving - Oct. 11
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 men's 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 men's diver nominee: California Baptist's Zane Freeman won both diving events with scores of 250 and 299.70.
California Baptist's Emily Longfellow and Emily Dunkerson have been named Western Athletic Conference Women's Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, for Oct. 1-8.
Longfellow, a junior from Redlands, Calif. won five events at the PCSC Pentathlon. She finished the 100-yard butterfly in 58.31 and 100-yard backstroke in 57.74. Longfellow won the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:08.30 and the 200 individual medley in 2:09.66. She finished off her event sweep with a win in the long individual medley relay (6:08.70). The Lancers won the meet by more than 250 points.
Dunkerson, a sophomore from Riverside, Calif., took first in the 1-meter and 3-meter dive at the PSCS Pentathlon. She earned 247.85 points in the 1-meter and 255.75 in the 3-meter. Dunkerson won the 1-meter dive by 8.85 points and the 3-meter by 19.35.
Other women's swimmer nominee: CSU Bakersfield's Jayssie Haynes took third (4:26.64) in the 400-yard individual medley and sixth (2:21.60) in the 200-yard breaststroke… Brigit Van Der Vegte of Grand Canyon finished in the top three in four events including first (2:05.13) in the 200-yard backstroke.
Other women's diver nominee: Grand Canyon's Menna El-Midany earned second (252.10) in the 1-meter dive and third (227.75) in the 3-meter at the TYR Fall Classic.
The Falcon men split their season opener at the Intermountain Shootout. Air Force defeated Colorado Mesa 245-147 but fell short to BYU, 254-139. The Falcons won two individual events. Andrew Limpert claimed first in the 200 butterfly (1:52.77). In the 200 breastroke, Zach Nelson recorded a 2:06.97 for a first place finish. Air Force finished runner-up in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. 
The California Baptist men's team claimed first at the PCSC Pentathlon with 644 points. The Lancers swept first through eighth in the 50-yard freestyle and swept first through third in five other events. None of their three competitors scored more than 81 points. In the 200-yard individual medley, Brandon Schuster won by two seconds. Jerome Heidrich won four events including the 25, 50, and 200 freestyle plus the freestyle pentathlon. 
The women followed suit also taking first at the PCSC Pentathlon. The Lancers tallied 376.5 points, winning by 260.5. Emily Longfellow, the women's swimming athlete of the week, won four events. Teammates Mackenzie Mergel and women's diving athlete of the week, Emily Dunkerson, won two events each. CBU won three other individual events. 
The CSU Bakersfield men had a sophomore with a recognizable effort at the Trojan Invite. Noah Hickman finished in a 1:00.91 in the 100-yard breastroke. He then helped his 200 freestyle relay team to a third place finish and fourth place in the 300 freestyle relay. Loren Gillian claimed fifth in the 100 fly (49.09). 
The CSU Bakersfield women's team also had a sophomore step up in their first outing of the season. Maya Valdoria finished top ten in two events. She earned ninth (59.29) in the 100 breaststroke and eighth (2:07.80) in the 200 butterfly. Jayssie Haynes finished third in the 400 individual medley (4:26.64) while Sabrina Zavala follwed just behind in seventh (4:47.06. Haynes also earened tenth in the 100 breast (1:07.11) and Zavala fourth in the 1,000 free (10:27.49). Autumn D'Arcy had a top ten finish herself snagging eighth in the 100 fly (55.18). 
The Grand Canyon men finished in second, just beind Army, at the TYR Fall Classic. The Lopes tallied 478 points, just 15.5 points behind. The men won four relays in the 400 medley, 200 free, 200 medley, and 400 free. Daniil Antipov snagged second place in the 500 freestyle (4:31.24). Carazo Barbero finished fourth in the 200 breaststroke (2:12.69). Mark Nikolaev won all four events that he participated in including the 100 backstroke (47.33) and 200 (1:48.68). Freshman Mazen Shoukri took second in the 100 freestyle (45.65). On the diving side, Pietro Hufnagel Toscani swept the 1-meter and 3-meter dives with scores of 280.20 and 275.90. 
The women finished in fifth place at the TYR Fall Classic with 384.5 points. The 200-yard medley relay tied for second with a time of 1:45.29. Marina McInelly finished the 200 breast stroke in 2:23.58 for fifth place. Roaia Mashaly placed fourth in the 100 freestyle (53.24) and Diana Jaruseviciute finished runner-up in the "B" final (53.45). In the 3-meter dive, Tasmin Stewart finished fourth in the "A" final with 197.40 points. 
NM State started off their season with a 185-117 loss to Liberty. Alix Knagg finished third in the 100 backstroke in a time of 1:00.19. Katherine Harston also earned a third place finish in the 200 fly (2:09.54). Mackinna Huff placed first in the 3-meter dive with 269.25 points. In the 200 breast, Lauren Wood placed second recording a 2:23.84. Harston and Grace Laporte stole third and fourth in the 500 freestyle. Barbora Krizanova, Lauren Wood and Ashley Reynolds swept the podium in the 200 IM with times of 2:13.07, 2:13.22 and 2:16.50 respectively.
Northern Colorado has competed in three meets, the most of any team thus far. They kicked off their season with a 155-145 loss to Wyoming. 
The Bears won nine of the 16 events and had 21 top three finishes. Rose Saya won the 1000 (10:28.72) and 500 (5:03.07) yard freestyles. Petra Kis, last year's WAC Freshman of the Year, won the 200 yard individual medley (2:09.77) and second in the 200 freestyle (1:55.93). Maddy Moore and Marna Heymans were the two other swimmer to win a pair of events. Celeste Llona led the divers with a second place finish in the 1-meter and Allyson Wood earned fourth in the 3-meter. 
UNC's second meet was a dominating win over Colorado School of Mines, 166-88. The Bears won all but three of the 16 events. Katie Stover and Maria Heymans won two races a piece as eight different individuals claimed first. Stover won the 1000 and 500 freestyle races while Heymans claimed the 100 and 200 breast.
The Bears followed with another commanding win over fellow WAC school Seattle U. UNC won 13 of the 14 events winning 179-65. Petra Kis won the 100 (58.64) and 200 backstrokes (2:05.14) as well as the 200 individual medley (2:08.08). Emily Hamel swam on the winning 400 freestyle relay and individually took first in the 50 (24.05) and 100 freestyle (53.67). 
Seattle U dropped their season opener to Northern Colorado, 179-65. Maddie Rapp took second in the 200 butterfly. Emma McGill placed second in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.20) and Darian Himes placed third (1:11.92). Sarah Carr finished the 100 freestyle in (54.73) earning second place and grabbed third in the 200 individual medley (2:16.66). With a time of 1:00.21 Bryn Lasher earned second in the 100 butterfly. Their 200 freestyle relay team finished second. 
Wyoming men's team placed second at the DU Relays on Saturday at the El Pomar Natatorium. The Cowboys also placed second with two race victories, finishing with 802 points behind Denver with 1,130 points. The men finished first in the 3x100 butterfly relay with a time of 2:30.72 by senior Jacob Porter, junior Jack Herron and senior Wade Nelson. The Cowboys also won the 3x100 breaststroke relay, with the team of senior Kyle White, freshman Mitch Hovis and senior Liam Holt finishing in 2:51.88. UW also placed second and third in the 200 mixed medley relay with times of 1:40.15 and 1:40.39. 
The 2019 WAC Swimming and Diving Championship returns to Houston, Texas. Last year Wyoming won the WAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championship while Northern Arizona took home the women's crown for the fifth straight year.