Amy Hughes, NCAA.com
The defending NCAA Division I three-meter champion, Minnesota junior Kelci Bryant was named the Big Ten Women’s Diver of the Week on Tuesday. Bryant won both the one- and three-meter boards in the Gophers’ 196-101 team win against Missouri in a dual meet on Jan. 15, posting season-best scores on both events. She finished with a score of 338.32 points on the one-meter event and 366.52 on the three-meter board. It was the second weekly award for Bryant as she was honored earlier this season on Dec. 7.
The dual meet win helped Minnesota to a record of 6-1 on the season. Minnesota won 14 of 16 events in the dual.
Senior Kaylee Jamison enjoyed a big day for the Gophers, winning two individual events and contributing two more victories on relays. Jamison won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.54 seconds, then added the crown in the 100 butterfly with a 55.19. She swam the third leg of the 200 medley relay that kicked off the meet with a winning time of 1:42.37, then led off the 200 free relay that capped off the meet with a winning time of 1:33.92.
Ashley Steenvoorden contributed two victories in freestyle events, winning the 200 free in 1:49.59 and the 500 free in 4:49.05. Other Gophers winning titles were Loren Branden in the 1,650 free (16:44.32), Jillian Tyler in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.87), Molly Belk in the 200 butterfly (2:02.43), Meagan Radecke in the 100 free (52.21), Haley Spencer in the 200 breast (2:16.81) and Hailey Szews in the 400 individual medley (4:24.52).
Need to Know
• Defending NCAA Division III champion Emory earned its first dual meet victory of 2011, posting a 172-73 win against Division II Tampa. The Emory women won all 13 events with seniors April Whitley and Liz Horvat along with junior Claire Pavlak each winning a pair of events. Whitley won the 100- and 200-yard breastrokes, Horvat won the 1,000 freestyle and 200 IM and Pavlak won the 50 and 100 freestyles.
• Georgia junior Allison Schmit finished second in the 100 free in 50.44 and was named the SEC Female Swimmer of the Week. Georgia improved to 7-0 and extended its streak of consecutive home victories to 73, dating back to the 1995-96 season.
• MIT swept the NEWMAC individual awards this week as the Engineers defeated both Springfield and the Coast Guard Academy on Sunday. Freshman Joanne Yeh was named the swimmer of the week, winning the 200 fly (2:11.43), 100 free (53.95) and 100 fly (59.19. She was also part of MIT’s first-place 400 free relay team (3:38.61). In the Saturday dual at Colby, she swam on two winning relays and captured the 200 fly in 2:11.78. Senior Beth Stavely was named the conference diver of the week after posting two NCAA cuts in Sunday’s tri-meet. She won the 1-meter competition with a score of 302 and finished second on the 3-meter board with a score of 284.25.
• Wittenberg freshman Molly Gustafson was named the North Coast Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week after winning the 100 breast against Denison (1:08.42) then dropping that same time to 1:07.70 against Hiram the next day. She also won the 200 breast against Hiram in 2:31.20.