(FOR THE WEEK OF OCT. 15-21)
MEN'S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Stephen Quinlan, Saint Joseph's (Me.) (Sr., Andover, Mass.)
Quinlan won the 50-Breast (30.46) and 100-Breast (1:08.82) and swam a leg for the Monks' winning 200-Free relay team against Husson University on Saturday.
WOMEN'S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Laura Simpson, Simmons (Sr., Perkiomenville, Pa./Boyertown)
Simpson scored 18 individual points for the Sharks in the win against Westfield State. She won both or her individual events; the 200 (2:05.44) by just under four seconds and 500 Free (5:42.50) by just over six seconds. She also anchored the 200 Medley Relay, closing the gap on the first place team by 1.5 seconds, but not quite catching the Westfield relay.
MEN'S ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Steven Johnston, Husson (Fr., Hermon, Maine/Hermon) The first-year won all three individual races that he entered and also helped the Eagles win a relay event. The Herman, Maine native, led off his first intercollegiate meet by swimming the backstroke leg of the 200-yard Medley to combine with freshman Joe Vail (Saco, Maine), senior Caelan Lercone (Waterville, Maine) and freshman Dan Egan (Foxboro, Mass.) on a winning new school record mark of 1:50.10. Johnson led off the relay with a 26.28, breaking program's four-year school record mark in the 50-yard backstroke. The rookie then showed his versatility by winning the 50-yard freestyle by two-seconds with a new school record mark of 22.44, before dominating the 100-yard freestyle with a new school record time of 51.19 to win the event by nearly four-seconds. Johnston then capped off meet by winning the 50-yard butterfly by over two-seconds with his fourth new school record with a time of 26.05. His 27-point effort, helped the Eagles pick up just their second ever first dual meet of the season victory since the men's program was reestablished as a varsity sport after a 39-year hiatus in 2013 with a 112-106 win over Saint Joseph's (Maine).
WOMEN'S ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Megan Duffy, Norwich (Fr., Shelton, Conn./Sacred Heart Academy)
Duffy placed first in the 100 yard breaststroke in 1:12.96 and won the 500 yard freestyle in 5:37.51 in a dual meet at SUNY Potsdam on Saturday. She also won the 200 yard IM in 2:19.31 and swam a leg on the winning 200 yard medley relay team.
WEEK 1 HONOR ROLL
|WEEK||MEN'S ATHLETE||WOMEN'S ATHLETE||
|1||Stephen Quinlan, SJC||Laura Simpson, SIM||Steven Johnston, HUS||Megan Duffy, NOR|
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