Nevada’s Margaret Doolittle and San Jose State’s Jessica Holden have been named Western Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Athletes of the Week, respectively, for the week of Oct. 27- Nov. 2.
Doolittle, a junior from Sacramento, Calif. (C.K. McClatchy HS), won two individual events, placed third in another and swam on the Wolf Pack’s second place medley relay squad. She won the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 24.28 and the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:03.75. In the 100-yard freestyle, she was third overall behind to Washington State swimmers with a time of 53.63. She also helped Nevada to a 1-1 record on the week, in duals against UC Davis and Washington State. This marks the first time this season the junior has won Athlete of the Week honors.
Holden, a freshman from Fair Oaks, Calif. (Roseville HS), earned the first two individual dual meet victories of her collegiate career against WAC foe Boise State last week. Holden won the 1-meter and 3-meter events with collegiate-marks of 222.00 and 240.00, respectively. She picked up 18 points in all for the Spartans in the meet. This marks the third time in four weeks that a SJSU diver has earned the award.
Other swimming nominees included: San Jose State’s Heather Denman won all three of her individual events to help the Spartans to a 197-102 win over Boise State. Northern Arizona’s T.J. Williams won all three of her events against both BYU and New Mexico, including two individual wins. Fresno State’s Heidi Gjoen won the 100 and 200-yard backstroke against San Diego State, earning lifetime bests in both events. Emily Irvin of Boise State finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time a 1:04.89, a school record.
Other diving nominees included: Taryn Harris of Northern Arizona placed third overall in the 1-meter event and second place in the 3-meter, helping the Lumberjacks defeat New Mexico, 177-123. Kendra Weeks of Fresno State won the 1-meter diving event for the Bulldogs against San Diego State with a score of 174.60.