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This Week in WAC Swimming and Diving - Feb. 6

This Week in WAC Swimming and Diving - Feb. 6
 
MEN'S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: JAN. 29-FEB. 4
UNLV's Ivan Zukov and Wyoming's Ryan Russi have been named Western Athletic Conference Men's Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, for Jan. 29-Feb. 4.
 
Zukov, a freshman from Minsk, Belarus, won three individual events and led the 400 medley relay to a runner-up finish. He won the 100 breaststroke (56.90), the 200 breaststroke (2:03.10), and the 400 individual medley (4:00.38). His 400 individual medley time was a personal-best as he led the Rebels to a 152-144 victory over Grand Canyon.
 
Russi, a senior from Murrieta, Calif., placed second and fourth at the Air Force Diving Invite. He finished second on the platform dive with a total score of 569.20. Russi combined a prelim score of 320.90 and final score of 327.15 for a fourth-place finish on the 3-meter dive.
 
WOMEN'S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: JAN. 29-FEB. 4
Grand Canyon's Marina McInelly and Northern Arizona's Christina Torrente have been named the Western Athletic Conference Women's Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, for Jan. 29-Feb. 4.
 
McInelly, a sophomore from Gilbert, Ariz., swept the breaststroke events and swam in a first-place 400 medley relay. She won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:02.78 and the 200 in 2:20.63. Her time in the 100 breaststroke broke her previous home pool record of 1:04.38.
 
Torrente, a senior from Redmond, Wash., won the 1-meter and 3-meter dives at the Lumberjack Diving Invite. She took gold on the 1-meter with a score of 611.50. On the 3-meter she tallied 593.10 points for first. She finished fifth on the platform, best for NAU.
 
OTHER ATHLETES OF THE WEEK NOMINEES
Other men's swimmer nominees: Daniil Antipov of Grand Canyon swept the butterfly events in a narrow loss to UNLV… Seattle U's Greg Raper snagged three golds in the 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly, and 200 medley relay.
 
Other women's swimmer nominees: Northern Colorado's Rose Saya won the 200 and 500 freestyle by over a second… Allison Plamondon of Seattle U won the 50 freestyle and claimed runner-up in the 100 freestyle.
 
Other men's diver nominees: California Baptist's Garret Chew posted two top-20 finishes at the Air Force Diving Invite finishing sixth on the platform… Pietro Hufnagel Toscani of Grand Canyon won the 1-meter and took second on the 3-meter board against UNLV… UNLV's Tazman Abramowicz took gold on the 3-meter dive and earned runner-up on the 1-meter.
 
Other women's diver nominees: Emily Dunkerson of California Baptist took third on the platform dive at the Air Force Diving Invite … Grand Canyon's Menna El-Midany placed top-three in the 1- and 3-meter dives… Janelle Lucas posted the seventh-best platform dive score in program history while taking gold… NM State's Raina Brommer led the Aggies in the platform event placing fourth at the AFA Invite… Celeste Llona of Northern Colorado recorded career-best scores in the 1- and 3-meter dives.
 
THIS WEEK IN WAC SWIMMING AND DIVING
AIR FORCE
Air Force hosted the Air Force Diving Invitational as student-athletes competed in the 3-meter and platform dives. On day one in the 3-meter, Jack Macceca finished 13th with 266.10 points. Jack Zocher finished best on the platform taking 13th with a score of 205.95. The Falcons also competed against the University of Denver and lost 96.5-225.5.
 
GRAND CANYON
The Grand Canyon men lost a close battle to UNLV, 145-152. Daniil Antipov and Mark Nikolaev led securing two individual wins each. Antipov swept the butterfly events and Nikolaev swept the backstroke events. The Lopes won the 50 and 100 freestyles thanks to Bogdan Plavin and Florent Janin.
The women also lost to UNLV, 101-185. Marina McInelly collected a couple individual wins in the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke. Brigit Van Der Vegte won the 200 backstroke and Emily Muteti took gold in the 100 butterfly.
 
IDAHO
The Vandals split up with divers competing at the Lumberjack Spring Diving Invitational and the swimmers facing Oregon State. For dives, Janelle Lucas won the platform dive with 259 points, the seventh-highest platform score in school history. Nikki Imanaka performed best on springboards taking second on the 3-meter and fifth on the 1-meter. For the swimmers, Aimee Iwamoto won the 100 breaststroke as the Vandals fell 96.5-159.5.
 
NM STATE
The Aggies competed at the Air Force Diving Invitational. Raina Brommer placed highest for NM State taking tenth in the 3-meter and fourth on platform.
 
NORTHERN ARIZONA
Christina Torrente led the Lumberjacks as they competed in the Lumberjack Diving Invite. Torrente took first in the 3- and 1-meter dives while also earning fourth on the platform. Jenny Cheetham placed top-four on both days taking fourth in the 3-meter and second in the 1-meter.
 
NORTHERN COLORADO
The Bears were edged by Colorado State 142-158. Rose Saya and Maddy Moore each took home two individual golds. Saya won the 200 and 500 freestyle while Moore won the 50 and 100 freestyle. The duo also competed in the winning 400 freestyle relay. Anna Austin also won the 1,000 freestyle in a time of 10:34.92
 
SEATTLE U
Seattle U men dropped a dual to Simon Fraser, 124-137. Greg Raper set a Redhawk Center record in the 50 freestyle at 20.34 seconds. It is the second-fastest time in program history. Raper also earned a win in the 100 butterfly. Jack Neton won the 200 breaststroke and Seattle U earned gold in the 200 medley relay.
The women also lost to Simon Fraser 76-178. Allison Plamondon won gold in the 50 freestyle and second in the 100 freestyle. Sherlyn Devadason and Bryn Lasher finished second and third in the 100 butterfly.
 
UNLV
The Rebels defeated Grand Canyon 152-144. Ivan Zukov had a successful showing winning the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, and the 400 individual medley.  Hayden Hemmens earned gold in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle. Tazman Abramowicz snagged the win on the 3-meter dive with a score of 337.35.
 
WYOMING
Wyoming also competed in the Air Force Diving Invite. Ryan Russi was best for the Cowboys. He earned fourth in the 3-meter with a total score of 648.05. Russi returned the next day to snag second in the platform dive with 569.20 points.