Iowa State and Texas split the third swimming and diving weekly awards of the 2013-14 season. This week’s honors are based on performances through Nov. 17. Clay Youngquist (UT) was honored with the men’s swimming award and Cory Bowersox (UT) received the diving accolade. On the women’s side, Imelda Wistey (ISU) earned swimmer of the week, while Elyse Brouillette (ISU) and Emma Ivory-Ganja garnered co-diver of the week honors.
Men’s Swimmer of the Week
Clay Youngquist, Texas, Jr., Battle Creek, Mich.
Youngquist’s three individual wins provided key points in UT’s narrow win over Penn State and decisive victories over host Virginia and West Virginia. Youngquist continues to hold the nation’s top time in the 200 freestyle (1:35.71) and added a win in the event against UVA, WVU and Penn State. He posted NCAA “B” cuts in the 200 and 500 freestyles against the Cavaliers, Mountaineers and Nittany Lions. He holds college swimming’s fifth-fastest time in the 500 freestyle in addition to his top national mark in the 200 freestyle.
Women’s Swimmer of the Week
Imelda Wistey, Iowa State, Sr., West Des Moines, Iowa
Wistey’s three first-place finishes earned the Cyclones 29 of their 139.5 points against TCU on Nov. 8. Throughout the meet, the lead was changing hands, and Wistey’s strong performance is credited with keeping the Cyclones in the competition up until the final event. Wistey started the evening with a 0:28.63 split in the 200 medley relay, helping her team claim first in the event. Just before the first break, Wistey clocked a time of 1:03.49 in the 100 breaststroke, an event that she holds the school record in (1:01.35), for another top finish. Finally, in the 200 breaststroke, Wistey notched her third first-place finish of the night with a time of 2:19.67.
Men’s Diver of the Week
Cory Bowersox, Texas, So., Fairfax, Va.
Bowersox defeated West Virginia, Virginia and Penn State and posted 403.20 points to claim the one-meter event. Bowersox’s win and second-place finish helped UT top host Virginia, West Virginia and Penn State in the final team tally. The sophomore earned a score of 408.23 on the 3-meter board and 403.20 on the 1-meter board.
Women’s Diver of the Week
Elyse Brouillette, Iowa State, So., Omaha, Neb.
Brouillette, Iowa State’s returning most valuable diver, had yet another breakout performance on Nov. 8 against TCU. Brouillette is returning from offseason shoulder surgery which has hampered her early in the season. With a personal best on the 3-meter board, she dominated the event finishing 48.31 points ahead of the second place finisher with a score of 329.48. Her impressive performance on the 3-meter board put her just 9.07 point behind the Iowa State school record held by second-team All-Big 12 diver (2008-09), Tien Tran, and 11.25 points behind the pool record held by Kendra Melnchuk.
Emma Ivory-Ganja, Texas, Jr., The Woodlands, Texas
Ivory-Ganja’s win and second-place finish against host #18 Virginia, West Virginia and #25 Penn State helped Texas top the Cavaliers, Mountaineers and Nittany Lions in the final team standings.
2013-14 Big 12 Men's Weekly Awards
|Oct. 23||Bryce Bohman, West Virginia, Sr.||Liam McLaughlin, West Virginia, Sr.|
|Nov. 6||Tim Squires, West Virginia, Jr.||Michael Hixon, Texas, Fr.|
|Nov. 20||Clay Youngquist, Texas, Jr.||Cory Bowersox, Texas, So.|
2013-14 Big 12 Women's Weekly Awards
|Oct. 23||Samantha Tucker, Texas, Sr.||Emma Ivory-Ganja, Texas, Jr.|
|Nov. 6||Gretchen Jacques, Texas, Jr.||Haily VandePoel, West Virginia, Jr.|
|Nov. 20||Imelda Wistey, Iowa State, Sr.||Elyse Brouillette, Iowa State, So.|
|Emma Ivory-Ganja, Texas, Jr.|