San Jose State’s Heather Denman and Nevada’s Candice Minette have been named Western Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Athletes of the Week, respectively, for the week of Dec. 1-7.
Denman, a freshman swimmer from Brookeville, Md. (Sherwood HS), won all three of her individual events during a dual-meet victory against Pacific in San Jose on Dec. 6. Denman was the only competitor to win as many as three individual events on the day. She won the 100-yard backstroke (56.59), 100-yard butterfly (57.03) and the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:08.92, totaling 27 individual points. The freshman also led off the first-place 200-yard medley relay team that swam a 1:46.26 mark. This marks the third time this season Denman has earned Athlete of the Week honors.
Minette, a senior diver from Glendale, Ariz. (Mountain Ridge HS), helped the Wolf Pack to a 131-83 win against Idaho by winning the 1 and 3-meter diving portions in the dual meet. She won the 1-meter with a score of 328.15 and followed that with a score of 356.45 in the 3-meter to win her second event of the meet. The senior’s scores on both the 1 and 3-meter boards rank first in the WAC. The honor marks Minette’s second Athlete of the Week award of the season.
Other swimming nominees: Nevada’s Courtney Eads won the 200-yard freestyle and the 400-yard individual medley to help the Wolf Pack defeat Idaho 131-87. Rachael Foe of Northern Arizona helped her 400-yard medley relay team to a first place showing against New Mexico State. Fresno State’s Heidi Gjoen earned personal bests in the 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard backstroke and 500-yard freestyle to help the Bulldogs earn a second place finish. Boise State’s Amber Boucher broke four team records and helped break three more in a trio of relays at the Husky Invitational. Maria Spies of New Mexico State collected a pair of individual victories at Northern Arizona with wins in the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke.
Other diving nominees: Northern Arizona’s Taryn Harris posted a score of 288.53 in the 1-meter board to take third place in a dual against New Mexico State. New Mexico State’s Mariesa Cloud set a pool record on the 1-meter board with a final score of 307.19.
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