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Three Share Big 12 Women’s Swimming & Diving Awards
January 12, 2011

Iowa State, Kansas and Texas A&M received Big 12 swimming and diving honors for competition through January 10. Iuliia Kuzhil (Kansas) was named co-recipient along with Maria Sommer (Texas A&M) for the women's swimmer accolade, while Sarah Nelson (Iowa State) earned the weekly conference honor for women's diving. This is the first award for each recipient. The Big 12 men's diving and swimming teams did not compete last week.

Women's Swimmers of the Week
Iuliia Kuzhil, Kansas, Sr., Cherkasy, Ukraine
Kuzhil took to the top spot in both the 100-meter backstroke (1:04.06) and the 50-meter backstroke (29.49) at the Orange Bowl Classic, January 4 in Key Largo, Fla. She also swam the first leg of the winning 200-meter medley relay, which recorded a time of 2:00.44. Kuzhil's performance helped propel the Jayhawks to the Orange Bowl Classic title.

Maria Sommer, Texas A&M, Sr., Brenham, Texas
Sommer's time of 23.09 in the 50 free-style earned her a first-place finish in a triangular meet against No. 2 Georgia and No. 21 Southern Methodist. She also placed third with a time of 51.46 in the 100 free. As the quickest leg in the 200-yard medley relay (22.75), Sommers helped the Aggies to a win with a NCAA B cut time of 1:42.36. In addition, she led off the 400-yard medley relay with a 51.68 time to contribute to an Aggies victory against SMU and a second-place mark vs. Georgia.

Women's Diver of the Week
Sarah Nelson, Iowa State, Jr., Decorah, Iowa
Nelson recorded a 19th-place finish at last week's Tennessee Diving Invitational with a score of 196.80 in the platform event. The junior had strong first and third dives, earning 43.20 points on her inward 1 ½ somersault pike and 45.00 for her back 2 ½ somersault pike. Nelson's platform mark was the third-highest of her career.

Men's Swimmer of the Week
Week 1: Michael Lopresti, Missouri, Jr., Westerville, Ohio.
Week 2: Nick D'Innocenzo, Texas, So., Andover, Mass.
Week 3: Kyle Trosket, Texas A&M, Fr., Lethbridge, Alb., Can.
Week 4: Andres Melin, Missouri, Sr., Karlstad, Sweden
Week 5: None

Men's Diver of the Week
Week 1: None
Week 2: Dante Jones, Missouri, Sr., Columbia, Mo.
Week 3: Grant Nel, Texas A&M, Jr., Melbourne, Victoria, Aus.
Week 4: David Bonuchi, Missouri, Fr., Columbia, Mo.
Week 5: None

Women's Swimmer of the Week
Week 1: Laura Sogar, Texas, So., Exeter, R.I.
Week 2: Karlee Bispo, Texas, Jr., Modesto, Calif.
Week 3: Sarah Henry, Texas A&M, Fr., Garner, N.C.
Week 4: Dominique Bouchard, Missouri, So., North Bay, Ont., Can.
Week 5: Iuliia Kuzhil, Kansas, Sr., Cherkasy, Ukraine
             Maria Sommer, Texas A&M, Sr., Brenham, Texas

Women's Diver of the Week
Week 1: Maren Taylor, Texas, So., Arlington, Va.
Week 2: Loren Figueroa, Missouri, Fr., Oklahoma City, Okla.
Week 3: Jaele Patrick, Texas A&M, Sr., Victoria, Aus.
Week 4: Christina Gailey, Missouri, Sr., Lexington, Ky.
Week 5: Sarah Nelson, Iowa State, Jr., Decorah, Iowa

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