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Longhorns and Mountaineers Split Weekly Swimming and Diving Awards
November 06, 2013

Texas and West Virginia split the second weekly awards of the 2013-14 season. This week's honors are based on performances through Nov. 3. Tim Squires (WVU) was honored with the men’s swimming award and Michael Hixon (UT) received the diving accolade. On the women’s side, Gretchen Jaques (UT) earned swimmer of the week, while Haily VandePoel (WVU) garnered the diver award.

Men’s Swimmer of the Week
Tim Squires, West Virginia, Jr., Buckhannon, W.Va.
Squires won every event he participated in for the Mountaineers in the WVU Invite. As a member of the 200 free relay, Squires played a crucial role in setting a pool record (1:21.66), opening the relay with a 50 split of 20.24. In a crowded field in the 50 free sprint, Squires set himself apart with a time of 20.39, winning by .67 seconds.

Women’s Swimmer of the Week
Gretchen Jaques, Texas, Jr., Covina, Calif.
Jaques produced key individual efforts in UT’s victory at No. 10 Indiana and No. 17 Michigan. The junior edged Indiana All-America sprinter Kait Flederbach in her home pool in the back-to-back 50 and 100 freestyle events. The victories helped Texas to a 155-143 win over the host 10th-ranked Hoosiers and a 210-90 win over No. 17 Michigan.

Men’s Diver of the Week
Michael Hixon, Texas, Fr., Amherst, Mass.
Competing in his second collegiate meet, Hixon won the 1-meter event (373.25) and defeated Indiana All-America Darian Schmidt at his home pool. Hixon added a third-place showing on the 3-meter board with 379.85 points. His performances contributed to a win over the ninth-ranked Hoosiers in Bloomington.

Women’s Diver of the Week
Haily VandePoel, West Virginia, Jr., Holland, Mich.
VandePoel continues to finish strong on the boards for the Mountaineer divers, completing her third straight sweep of both boards last weekend at the WVU Invite. She posted scores of 279.00 for the 1-meter and 321.30 for the 3-meter.

2013-14 Big 12 Men's Weekly Awards

  Swimmer Diver
Oct. 23 Bryce Bohman, West Virginia, Sr. Liam McLaughlin, West Virginia, Sr.
Nov. 6 Tim Squires, West Virginia, Jr. Michael Hixon, Texas, Fr.

2013-14 Big 12 Women's Weekly Awards

  Swimmer Diver
Oct. 23 Samantha Tucker, Texas, Sr.        Emma Ivory-Ganja, Texas, Jr.
Nov. 6 Gretchen Jaques, Texas, Jr. Haliy VandePoel, West Virginia, Jr.
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