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Texas Swimmers, Texas A&M Divers Sweep Final Big 12 Awards
February 15, 2012
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Four seniors were recognized in this week's edition of the Big 12 Swimmer and Diver honors for competition from Jan. 23- Feb. 12. In the season's final awards cycle, Jimmy Feigen (Texas) and Grant Nel (Texas A&M) were each honored for a third time with swimmer and diver of the week accolades, respectively. On the women's side, Karlee Bispo (Texas) captured her fourth swimming distinction of the year and Jaele Patrick (Texas A&M) received her fifth diver award of the season and third consecutive.

This is the fourth career Big 12 honor for Feigen and Nel, while Bispo takes home her 10th award and Patrick secured her ninth.

Bispo is the first women's swimmer to be honored four times in one season, and her 10 career accolades are the most by a female athlete in swimming and diving. In the sport, she trails only former Texas A&M men's diver Eric Sehn, who has 12 career distinctions. Patrick becomes the first women's diver to win the award five times in one season, and her nine career honors are the most all-time for a women's diver.

Men's Swimmer of the Week
Jimmy Feigen, Texas, Sr., San Antonio, Texas
Feigen helped lead Texas to a win over No. 18 Texas A&M with victories in each of his two sprint events. He continued to be one of the fastest in the country in both the 50 (19.71) and 100 (43.72) freestyle events. In a dual against No. 1 Arizona, he took second in each event. Feign has not placed below second in any meet this season and has won both the 50 and 100 freestyle four times in six tries.

Men's Diver of the Week
Grant Nel, Texas A&M, Sr., Melbourne, Australia
Nel set a school record in the 3-meter diving event against Texas. Using a front four and a half somersault tuck on his fifth and final dive, Nel bested his own previous school record with a score of 476.48. The dive netted the senior first place in the dual.

Women's Swimmer of the Week
Karlee Bispo, Texas, Sr., Modesto, Calif.
Bispo recorded first place finishes in five of her six events over the last two weeks, including victories in all four of her individual events. The four wins give her 15 on the season. She helped lead Texas to dual meet wins over No. 9 Arizona and No. 13 SMU on the road. The senior won both the 100 and 200 freestyle events while swimming on the second place 400 medley relay at Arizona. She followed with wins in the 100 free and 200 individaul medley as well as the 200 freestyle relay at SMU. Five of her six times were NCAA B Standard times.

Women's Diver of the Week
Jaele Patrick, Texas A&M, Sr., Lilydale, Australia
Patrick's score of 382.13 on the 3-meter board gave her a first place margin of nearly 70 points in dual competion versus North Texas. She nearly took both boards, but was outscored by teammate Rebecca St. Germain in the 1-meter springboard event.


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.
Dec. 14: Neil O'Halloran, Missouri, Fr., Portland, Ore.
             Jimmy Feigen, Texas, Sr., San Antonio, Texas
Jan. 11: Jimmy Feigen, Texas, Sr., San Antonio, Texas
Jan. 25 Jackson Wilcox, Texas, Sr., Nashville, Tenn.
Feb. 15: Jimmy Feigen, Texas, Sr., San Antonio, Texas

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.
Dec. 14: Matthew Cooper, Texas, Sr., Bethesda, Md.
Jan. 11: Matthew Cooper, Texas, Sr., Bethesda, Md.
Jan. 25 Grant Nel, Texas A&M, Sr., Melbourne, Australia
Feb. 15: Grant Nel, Texas A&M, Sr., Melbourne, Australia

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
Dec. 14: Karlee Bispo, Texas, Sr., Modesto, Calif.
Jan. 11: Karlee Bispo, Texas, Sr., Modesto, Calif.
Jan. 25: Cammile Adams, Texas A&M, So., Cypress, Texas
Feb. 15: Karlee Bispo, Texas, Sr., Modesto, Calif.

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
Dec. 14: Sarah Nelson, Iowa State, Sr., Decorah, Iowa
             Diana Wilcox, Texas, Jr., Bellevue, Wash.
Jan. 11: Jaele Patrick, Texas A&M, Sr., Lilydale, Australia
Jan. 25: Jaele Patrick, Texas A&M, Sr., Lilydale, Australia
Feb. 15: Jaele Patrick, Texas A&M, Sr., Lilydale, Australia

 

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