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This Week in WAC Swimming and Diving - Jan. 16

This Week in WAC Swimming and Diving - Jan. 16
Grand Canyon's Mark Nikolaev has been named Western Athletic Conference Men's Swimmer of the Week for Jan. 8-14.
Nikolaev, a senior from Seltso, Russia, led the Lopes to a win over Brigham Young, 169-130. He won three individual events and also helped the 200 medley relay to a first-place finish. He finished best in the 100 backstroke (46.78), 200 backstroke (1:47.85), and the 200 individual medley (1:50.35). His time in the 100 backstroke set a new pool record at BYU. Nikolaev holds the best time in the WAC for the 100 and 200 backstrokes and the 200 individual medley. He also leads the NCAA in the 100 backstroke and ranks ninth in the 200 individual medley.
Other men's swimmer nominees: Zach Nelson of Air Force helped the Falcons to a perfect 3-0 record over the weekend winning three of his four individual events… Seattle U's Greg Raper won the 50 freestyle twice and the 100 freestyle once against Air Force and Simon Fraser.
Northern Arizona's Elisa Rodriguez and Tatiana Kurach have been named the Western Athletic Conference Women's Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, for Jan. 8-14.
Rodriguez, a sophomore from Phoenix, Ariz., snagged first and three second-place finishes in a tri-meet against Northern Colorado and Kansas. The Lumberjacks defeated WAC competition in Northern Colorado, 172-117, but fell to Kansas 197-101. Rodriguez finished best in the 50 freestyle recording a 23.46, ranking her ninth best in the WAC this season. She earned runner-up in the 100 freestyle (51.73) and swam in the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay as they both placed second.
Kurach, a senior from Saint Petersburg, Russia, led the Lumberjacks on the diving side of events in a split against Northern Colorado and Kansas. She earned second on both boards. Kurach tallied the most points in the 1-meter posting 302.75. In the 3-meter she earned a score of 298.80.
Other women's swimmer nominees: Grand Canyon's Agueda Cons-Gestido won the 500 and 1,000 meter freestyle events in her GCU debut… Maddy Moore of Northern Colorado won the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly against NAU placing second and fourth overall in the meet.
Other women's diver nominees: Raina Brommer of NM State qualified for NCAA Diving Zones on both boards as she earned two second-place finishes against Idaho… Northern Colorado's Celeste Llona placed eighth on both dives against Northern Arizona.
Air Force completed a sweep over the weekend defeating Seattle U twice and Simon Fraser once. On day one, the Falcons topped Seattle U 128-58 and Simon Fraser 102-84. Air Force finished top three in ten events and won four. Isaac Gwin won the 100 backstroke (49.99) and Zach Nelson took first in the 100 breaststroke (56.37). The Falcons also won both the 200 medley relay (1:32.55) and the 200 freestyle relay (1:24.22). Air Force followed the next day with another win over Seattle U, 119-83. Three Falcons had two individual wins. Adam Grimm took gold in the 1650 freestyle and 500 freestyle while Peter Lochmaier finished best in the 200 freestyle and 200 butterfly, Zach Nelson rounded out the wins in the 200 individual medley and the 200 breaststroke.
The Grand Canyon men posted a dominating win over Brigham Young, 169-130. Both relays were a strong point for the Lopes as the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle both took gold. Mark Nikolaev led the way for GCU with three individual victories in the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, and 200 individual medley. Daniil Antipov added two individual wins in the 200 butterfly (1:46.91) and 500 freestyle (4:34.44). Alonso Carazo Barbero and Samuel MacKenzie each notched individual wins in the 1000 freestyle (9:54.76) and the 200 freestyle (1:40.89), respectively.
Northern Arizona finished the week with a split defeating Northern Colorado 172-117 but fell short to Kansas, 197-101. The Lumberjacks had three first-place finishes in the tri-meet. The first was from Andrea Schmidt as she won the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:05.76. Elisa Rodriguez followed taking gold in the 50 freestyle (23.46) and Niamh McDonagh won the 200 individual medley. On dives, Tatiana Kurach placed second in both events. Christina Torrente also placed in the top-three on both boards. 
The Bears fell short to Northern Arizona, 117-172. UNC still managed three first-place finishes and four runner-ups. Madelyn Moore took the top spot in the 100 backstroke (57.32) and 100 butterfly (58.12). Leilani Herrera added the third win in the 200 breaststroke (2:27.30). Celeste Llona tallied the most points on the diving side of things posting 228.50 in the 1-meter and 221.85 in the 3-meter. 
The Redhawks dropped three duals, two to Air Force and one to Simon Fraser. Greg Raper won the 50 freestyle in 20.97. He also took second in the 100 butterfly recording a 49.70. Mitchell Crossen took third in the 100 freestyle (47.21) followed by teammates Ian Keane and Alex Roderick earning fourth and fifth. Ryan Shaw clocked in at 52.37 in the 100 backstroke to place third. Seattle U finished runner-up in the 200 freestyle and medley relays. 
For the women, Seattle U lost twice to Air Force, 33-153 and 68-136. Allison Plamondon claimed gold in the 50 freestyle (24.67) and finished fourth in the 100 backstroke (1:00.82). On day two, Julia Gorman notched the first win in the 200 freestyle (1:58.81) and Plamondon followed with gold in the 100 freestyle (53.80). Plamondon also grabbed second in the 50 freestyle (24.69) and Sarah Carr earned second in the 100 freestyle and 200 individual medley. Seattle U's 400 freestyle relay earned gold with a time of 3:38.04.