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This Week in WAC Swimming and Diving - Jan. 9

This Week in WAC Swimming and Diving - Jan. 9
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. 1-7.
Antipov, a senior from Krasnoyarsk, Russia, recorded the top time in the 100 butterfly in the WAC this season. He posted a time of 47.66 to earn the top spot in the conference and snag a first-place finish over California Baptist and Wyoming. Antipov also finished first in the 200 butterfly recording a 1:50.82 and helped the 200 medley relay to first touching the wall at 1:31.34. Grand Canyon defeated California Baptist 175-125 and Wyoming 157-143.
Russi, a senior from Murrieta, Calif., tallied 18 points for the Cowboys in a 163.50-136.50 win over California Baptist. He finished first on both boards scoring 290.40 points on the 1-meter and 294.80 on the 3-meter. His score on the 1-meter dive was a season-best and he won the 3-meter dive by more than ten points.
CSU Bakersfield's Jayssie Haynes and California Baptist's Emily Dunkerson have been named the Western Athletic Conference Women's Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, for Jan. 1-7.
Haynes, a junior from San Jose, Calif., led the 'Runners to three team victories on the week. Individually, she recorded four first-place finishes and two runner-ups. Her best time in the 200 breaststroke was 2:22.00 earning her first in a dual against San Jose State. She also recorded her best 200 individual medley time this week against SJSU touching the wall at 2:09.96.
Dunkerson, a junior from Riverside, Calif., ended the week with two first-place finishes, one runner-up, and one fifth-place. Dunkerson swept both dives in a dual against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. She posted 236.70 points for a second-place finish in the 1-meter against Grand Canyon and Wyoming.
Other men's swimmer nominees: Brandon Schuster of California Baptist posted four individual wins throughout two meets including wins over Grand Canyon and Wyoming… Seattle U's Mitchell Crossen recorded four wins in a team victory over Whitworth College…  Liam Holt of Wyoming scored 13 points in a win over Incarnate Word and won the 200 breaststroke at two separate meets.
Other women's swimmer nominees: California Baptist's Alina Jungklaus logged three individual wins and a runner-up finish throughout two duals… Marina McInelly of Grand Canyon swept the 100 and 200 breaststroke events against California Baptist and Wyoming.
Other men's diver nominees: Garret Chew of California Baptist won both dives in a dual against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps… CSU Bakersfield's Adam Estrella finished second in the 1-meter and first in the 3-meter against UC San Diego.
Other women's diver nominees: Mennattalah Elmidany of Grand Canyon earned third in the 3-meter dive and sixth in the 1-meter against California Baptist and Wyoming.
The Lancers kicked off January with back-to-back meets against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Grand Canyon and Wyoming. The men dominated Claremont-Mudd Scripps 158-82. They then lost to Grand Canyon 175-125 and Wyoming 163.5-136.5. In the demanding victory over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps seven Lancers won individual events with three of those seven winning two individual events. Garret Chew swept the diving events averaging 50-plus points per dive. The Lancers dominated in the 200 freestyle claiming the top-five finishers. 
CBU struggled to find the same success in a battle with Grand Canyon and Wyoming. Brandon Schuster won two events for the Lancers in the 400 individual medley and the 500 freestyle. Scott Tolman earned the one other win for CBU in the 100 breaststroke. 
The California Baptist women had a similar showing against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps as they won in dominating fashion, 168-69.  CBU snagged 11 first-place finishes and swept both diving events. Rebeca Oviedo, Alina Junglkaus, and Emily Dunkerson all won multiple individual events. 
The Lancers battled Grand Canyon and Wyoming on the following day and finished with a split. CBU defeated Grand Canyon 169-129 but fell to Wyoming 195-100. Isabella Rhodes earned an individual win and helped a relay to first place. The Lancers swept the 400 individual medley with Alina Jungklaus leading the way. Dunkerson took second on the 1-meter board with 236.70 points. 
CSU Bakersfield men's swim and dive lost to UC San Diego 131-169. The 'Runners jumped out to a quick start going two-three in the 200 freestyle and two-three-four in the 100 backstroke. CSUB dominated in the 1-meter dive with Nate Cummins winning the event and Adam Estrella and Drew Huerta following in second and third. Estrella won the 3-meter boards with 257.40 points. 
The CSU Bakersfield women competed against UC San Diego as well as Loyola Marymount and Cal State East Bay. The 'Runners dropped one to UCSD, 126-171, but bounced back with wins over LMU, 241-77, and CSUEB. 222-66. Sabrina Zavala found success with a first-place finish in the 1,000 freestyle and a runner-up placing in the 500 freestyle. Jayssie Haynes had a great showing on her way to earning WAC Athlete of the Week honors. Haynes finished best in the 200 breaststroke and added a pair of second-place finishes. Autumn D'Arcy won three individual events including the 200 individual medley, 100 butterfly, and 50 freestyle. 
The Lopes opened the new year with impressive wins over California Baptist, 175-125, and Wyoming 157-143. Alonso Carazo Barbero won the 100 freestyle and took second in the 400 individual medley. Mark Nikolaev won the 100 backstroke (49.38) and the 200 backstroke (1:50.32). Daniil Antipov won the 100 butterfly (47.66) and the 200 butterfly (1:50.82) on route to being named WAC Athlete of the Week. 
On the women's side, GCU lost to California Baptist 169-129 and Wyoming 202-89. Marina McInelly had a succesful showing as she won the 100 breaststroke (1:05.10) and the 200 breaststroke (2:23.11). She also snagged fourth in the 400 individual medley. The Lopes finished third in the 200 medley and second in the 400 freestyle relay. Menna El-Midany earned points as she finished third in the 3-meter dive. 
The Vandals fell 180-118 in a dual against NM State. 
The Aggies routed Idaho 180-118. NMSU kicked off the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay. Anabel Ivanov and Reagan Nentwich both finished second in the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, respectively. NM State swept the top-three spots in the 100 breaststroke led by Hanna McGowan (1:04.37). Neza Kocijan added nine points with a first-place finish in the 50 freestyle (24.66). Alix Knagg finished best in the 200 backstroke and Lauren Wood and McGowan went one-two in the 200 breaststroke. The divers swept the 1-meter board led by MacKinna Hauff. Raina Brommer finished best for the Aggies in the 3-meter earning runner-up. 
SU posted a commanding win over Whitworth College, 246-162, in a two-day dual. Greg Raper won the 50 freestyle in 21.56 while Ryan Ascencio and Shawn Fujii took first and second in the 200 butterfly. Mitchell Crossen and Ian Keane finished one-two, respectively, in the 100 freestyle. Ryan Shaw won the 200 backstroke and Zack Zenteno took first in the 500 freestyle.  
On the women's side Seattle U posted a 258-152 victory over Whitworth. Jayna Van Stone won the 200 freestyle and the 200 backstroke. Allison Plamondon, Sarah Carr, and Margaux Thompson swept the 50 freestyle, respectively. Plamondon also finished best in the 100 freestyle. Carr won the 200 individual medley touching in 2:15.51. Maddie Rapp and Bryn Lasher finished one-two in the 200 butterfly. 
Wyoming competed in two tri meets over the week. The Cowboys defeated Incarnate Word 148-113 but lost 130.5-157.5 to UC San Diego. The following meet they defeated California Baptist 163.5-136.5 but lost to Grand Canyon 143-157. In the first meet, Seth Borgert finished best in the 1650 freestyle (16:17.61) while Tyler Klatt won the 100 backstroke (51.30). In the 200 backstroke, Liam Holt claimed first in 2:03.43. Miller Browne, Jacob Harlan, and Ryan Netzel swept the 500 freestyle with Browne recording a 4:42.00. 
Liam Holt led Wyoming in a WAC battle against GCU and CBU. Holt won the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. Browne recorded a season-best time of 4:40.98 in the 500 freestyle. Brayden Love also posted a season best time of 50.38 in the 100 butterfly while James Bouda recorded his top time in the 400 individual medley at 4:07.02.