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Texas, Texas A&M Claim Big 12 Swimming and Diving Weekly Awards
November 23, 2011
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A pair of Texas men and a duo of Texas A&M women have been awarded Big 12 swimming and diving weekly awards for their efforts in the pool from Nov. 7 - Nov. 20. Nick D'Innocenzo (Texas) was given the men's swimming award, while Matthew Cooper (Texas) earned the men's diving honor. On the women's side, Maureen McLaine (Texas A&M) earned swimmer of the week and Jaele Patrick (Texas A&M) garnered the diver award. This is the third career recognition for D'Innocenzo, the seventh for Cooper, the first award for McLaine, while Patrick was honored for a sixth time and the second consecutive week.

Men's Swimmer of the Week
Nick D'Innocenzo, Texas, Jr., Andover, Mass.
D'Innocenzo recorded two first place finishes to help Texas earn a 154-127 victory over SMU. The junior claimed the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 56.99 seconds, while taking the top spot in the 200-yard IM in 1:51.99.

Men's Diver of the Week
Matthew Cooper, Texas, Sr., Bethesda, Md.
In competition against SMU, Cooper set a new pool record in the 1-meter diving competition with 395.25 points, surpassing the previous record held by four-time NCAA diving champion Joona Puhakka from Arizona State. Cooper's 3-meter score of 422.25 was also just shy of a pool record, but did not count towards the team score for the meet.

Women's Swimmer of the Week
Maureen McLaine, Texas A&M, Jr., Plano, Texas
At the Tennessee Invitational, McLaine set the record for the fastest 1,650-yard freestyle time in Big 12 history with a 15:56.15. The mark bested the 2001 time of Texas' Rachel Harris of 16:04.54. The junior tallied second place finishes in the 200 and 500-yard freestyle with times of 1:47.46 and 4:41.56, respectively. She also swam on the winning 800-yard freestyle relay team, which had a time of 15:56.15.

Women's Diver of the Week
Jaele Patrick, Texas A&M, Sr., Lilydale, Australia
Patrick remained perfect on the year with wins in the Tennessee Invitational in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events. Against competition from Louisville, LSU, Southern Illinois, Kentucky, Arkansas and Tennessee, the senior scored 315.85 and then 385.50 in the 1 and 3-meter, respectively.

Men's Swimmer of the Week
Oct. 26: Igor Kozlovskij, Missouri, Fr., Klaipeda, Lithuania
Nov. 9: Neil Caskey, Texas, Sr., Houston, Texas
Nov. 23: Nick D'Innocenzo, Texas, Jr., Andover, Mass.

Men's Diver of the Week
Oct. 26: None
Nov. 9: Grant Nel, Texas A&M, Sr., Melbourne, Australia
Nov. 23: Matthew Cooper, Texas, Sr., Bethesda, Md.

Women's Swimmer of the Week
Oct. 26: Karlee Bispo, Texas, Sr., Modesto, Calif.
Nov. 9: Leah Gingrich, Texas, Sr., Enola, Pa.
Nov. 23: Maureen McLaine, Texas A&M, Jr., Plano, Texas

Women's Diver of the Week
Oct. 26: Loren Figueroa, Missouri, So., Oklahoma City, Okla.
Nov. 9: Jaele Patrick, Texas A&M, Sr. Lilydale, Australia
Nov. 23: Jaele Patrick, Texas A&M, Sr., Lilydale, Australia

 

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