UAA Athlete of the Week
Niceville, FL (Niceville)
Emory University senior Ross Spock won an individual national championship and swam on two winning relays to lead the Eagles to a third-place finish at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis, IN. He won the national title in the 100-yard backstroke in a school-record time of 47.62 seconds, placed second in the 50-yard freestyle in a school-record time of 20.15 seconds, and finished sixth in the 200-yard backstroke, setting a school-record mark of 1:47.34 in the preliminaries. Spock swam the backstroke leg of the Eagles’ 200-yard medley relay (1:28.16) and 400-yard medley relay (3:15.13) that broke school records en route to national champion titles. His six All-America honors gave him 21 for his career.
Menasha, WI (Menasha)
Washington University freshman Michael Lagieski set a Division III record in winning the national championship in the 100-yard breaststroke at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis, IN. He won the event in a time of 54.10, which bettered the previous meet record of 54.27 seconds set in 2009. The time was also more than .3 of a second faster than his own previous school mark of 54.42 seconds. Lagieski also placed 10th in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:01.63) and swam on the Bears’ 400-yard medley relay that finished ninth and broke the school record (3:17.97).
Other Outstanding Performances
Sean Nickley (CWRU) earned his first career All-America finish at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships with a 12th-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke and broke a school record in the preliminaries with a time of 2:01.30. He is the program’s first All-American since 2009… Washington placed 13th at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships, the eighth top-15 finish in program history.