Nov 21, 2018
MEN'S ATHLETES OF THE WEEK: NOV. 13-19
Grand Canyon's Mark Nikolaev and Pietro Hufnagel Toscani have been named the Western Athletic Conference Men's Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, for Nov. 13-19.
Nikolaev, a senior from Seltso, Russia, finished first in four events at the Hawkeye Invitational. He won the 100 backstroke in 44.61 which ranks him first in the nation. The time earned him an NCAA A cut to automatically qualify him for the NCAA Championships. He also set a Grand Canyon record and broke the previous Hawkeye Invitational record. Nikolaev won the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:40.81 and the 200 individual medley touching at 1:43.43. He also competed in five relays with each recording the best time in the WAC so far this season. Nikolaev holds the best individual time in the WAC in the 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, and the 200 individual medley. In the NCAA he ranks best in the 100 backstroke, seventh in the 100 freestyle, sixth in the 200 backstroke, and fifth in the 200 individual medley.
Hufnagel Toscani, a junior from Sao Paulo, Brazil, finished fifth, sixth, and seventh against tough competition at the Hawkeye Invitational. He recorded a personal best and WAC best in the 1-meter with 343.20 points. He tallied 306.90 points in the 3-meter for his top score of the season. In his first platform dive competition of the season, Hufnagel Toscani recorded 292.65 points.
WOMEN'S ATHLETES OF THE WEEK: NOV. 13-19
California Baptist's Rebeca Oviedo and Idaho's Nikki Imanaka have been named the Western Athletic Conference Women's Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, for Nov. 13-19.
Oviedo, a freshman from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, finished the week with three top-ten and five top-twelve swims. Her best finish was fifth in the 500 freestyle at the Mizzou Invite. She finished with a time of 4:51.91 which is second-best in school history and the top time in the WAC. She also swam a 1:49.51 in the 200 freestyle which was a new school record and best in the WAC this season. Oviedo also leads the WAC in the 1650 freestyle posting a 16:43.17 this weekend.
Imanaka, a redshirt senior from Kaneohe, Hawaii., finished in the top seven on all three dives at the Lumberjack Diving Invitational. She finished second in the 3-meter with 293.80 points in the final round and was the top WAC finisher. With 241.60 points on her second six dives, Imanaka took fifth in the 1-meter. She also earned seventh on the platform dive.
OTHER ATHLETE OF THE WEEK NOMINEES
Other men's swimmer nominees: Air Force's Zach Nelson finished fourth in three events recording two top-ten times in program history and qualified for NCAA B cut time in the 200 breaststroke… Brandon Schuster of California Baptist had seven top-eight finishes including a second-place finish in the 400 individual medley… Seattle U's Greg Raper won first in the 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly, and 400 freestyle relay… Seth Borgert of Wyoming snagged four first-place titles and recorded a season-best time in the 500 freestyle.
Other women's swimmer nominees: Grand Canyon's Marina McInelly recorded the best times in the WAC in the 100 and 200 breaststroke… Leah Fisk of Idaho won two events and took runner-up in the third against Wyoming… NM State's Hanna McGowan won two individual events and helped two relays to first-place finishes… Elisa Rodriguez of Northern Arizona set a program record in the 50 freestyle recording a 22.91… Northern Colorado's Maddy Moore played a part in four new schools records and won the 50 freestyle in a time of 22.86.
Other men's diver nominees: Air Force's Cole Armagost finished top three in all three diving events at the Lumberjack Diving Invite... Garret Chew of California Baptist finished 5th and 13th against top competition at the Mizzou Invite… Wyoming's Ryan Russi scored 44 of the team's 52 points at the Mizzou Diving Invite finishing second, fourth, and seventh.
Other women's diver nominees: California Baptist's Savannah Uhlir faced difficult competition at the Mizzou Invite finishing best at 31st… Sheridan Decker of NM State placed third and fourth in the platform and 3-meter dives at the Lumberjack Invitational.
THIS WEEK IN WAC SWIMMING AND DIVING
Air Force swimmers took fourth in the Art Adamson Invitational. Zach Nelson achieved NCAA B cut time in the 200 breaststroke recording a personal best of 1:58.22. Isaac Gwin finished fifth in the 100 backstroke clocking in at 47.88. Peter Lochmaier snagged sixth with a 4:27.21 time in the 500 freestyle.
On the diving side, the Falcons competed at the Lumberjack Diving Invite. Cole Armagost finished in first in the 1-meter dive with 274.85 points. Jack Zocher followed in second place with a score of 266.95. He also finished best for Air Force in the 3-meter taking third. Armagost tallied 218.85 points to take second in the platform dive.
The Lancer men took third at the Mizzou Invitational. Scott Tolman earned NCAA B time in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 56.34. Garret Chew finished fifth in the platform dive with 299.50 points. Brandon Schuster finished eighth in the 200 breaststroke and Jacob Leahy earned seventh in the 100 freestyle.
The women also competed in the Mizzou Invite finishing in seventh. Rebeca Oviedo took fifth in the 1650 freestyle recording a WAC-best time of 16:43.17. Six Lancer swimmers placed in the top-25 in the 1650 freestyle. California Baptist's 400 freestyle relay took 12th missing the top ten by less than a second.
The Grand Canyon men were led by Mark Nikolaev who won four events and recorded the fastest time in the NCAA so far this season in the 100 backstroke. The relay teams posted multiple meet records and cracked into the NCAA top-ten times. For dives, Pietro Hufnagel Toscani led the Lopes finishing fifth, sixth, and seventh. His best finish came in the 1-meter as he posted a personal-best and WAC-best 343.20 points.
The women finished in sixth place at the Hawkeye Invitational. Emily Muteti took eighth in the 50 freestyle (23.35) and the 100 butterfly (55.67). On day one, the 200 freestyle team snagged fourth and followed on day two taking seventh in the 200 medley relay. Marina McInelly won fifth in the 100 breastroke touching at 1:03.25. Menna El-Midany finished tenth with 178.45 points in the platform dive.
Idaho divers competed at the Lumberjack Invite. Janelle Lucas led the Vandals in the platform dive taking second. Nikki Imanaka was best in the 1-meter and 3-meter dives. She finished in second in the 3-meter and fifth in the 1-meter.
The Aggies battled Northern Arizona in a three session meet. Reagan Nentwich won the 100 and 200 backstrokes while Lanie McAlpin finished fifth. Hanna McGowan won the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.17 and Ashley Reynolds followed in second. In the 200 butterfly, Nentwich fnished third recording a 2:07.19. MacKinna Hauff finished in third in the 1-meter dive.
Northern Arizona picked up a win over NM State and Arizona Christian. The 'Jacks won five of the ten events on day one. Monique King won the 500 freestyle breaking her season-best time and the Aquatic Center record. King also set a record for the Aquatic Center in the 1650 freestyle. Two other records were broken in the 400 individual medley and the 100 freestyle. Day two brought four wins in seven events. Katy Smith won her first event in her Lumberjack career recording a 1:51.72 in the 200 freestyle. In the 50 freestyle, Elisa Rodriguez set an NAU record-breaking time of 22.91.
The Bears broke seven school records in their outing at the Phill Hansel Invitational. Maria Heymans posted two NCAA B qualifying times in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. She also set the school record in the 200 breaststroke. Maddy Moore was a part of four of the record-breaking performance. She set individual times in the 50 and 100 freestyles and also competed in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. Rose Saya also broke a record in the 500 freestyle touching at 4:52.85.
Seattle U men defeated SWOCC 156-47.50. The Redhawks swept the medals in the 200 individual medley led by Jack Neton. Neton also notched first in the 100 breaststroke. Juan Varela won the 1000 freestyle in 6:49.40. Greg Raper won the 50 freestyle (21.05) and the 100 butterfly (49.96). Mitchell Crossen won the 100 freestyle and Ryan took first in the 100 backstroke.
The Redhawk women fell 135-63 against Oregon State. Five different swimmers earned second-place finishes. Bryn Lasher took second in the 100 butterfly (59.86). Marissa Chan also finisehd runner-up with a 1:03.35 in the 100 backstroke. Jayna Van Stone and Julia Gorman took second and third in the 500 freestyle. Darian Himes posted a 1:11.77 in the 100 breaststroke for second place.
On the swimming side, Sean Calkins swam a season-best time of 1:53.40 in the 200 backstroke at the Corbett Open. The 400 freestyle relay broke the pool record in 3:01.00.
Wyoming diving competed at the Mizzou Invite. They were led by Ryan Russi who earned seventh place with 285.75 points in the platform dive.