Army’s Zhang, Loyola Maryland’s Mead Named Patriot League Swimmers of the Week

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November 03rd, 2021 College, News

Courtesy: Patriot League

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Army West Point collected both of the men’s swimming and diving weekly awards, while Boston University and Loyola split the women’s swimming and diving laurel when the League office announced winners on Tuesday.

Army West Point senior Evan Zhang earned Patriot League Male Swimmer of the Week for the second time this season while teammate Daniel Alaimo was named male diver of the week for the third time this season and second successive week.

Loyola Maryland sophomore Lily Mead was named Female Swimmer of the Week, while senior Emily Balicanta of Boston University was awarded female diver of the week.

Army West Point Melinda Zhang, Boston University freshman Lyde De Hooghe and sophomore Madison Kim, and Loyola Maryland freshman Henry Mueller all earned honorable mentions.

Evan Zhang, Army West Point, Sr., Flushing, N.Y.
*Zhang took home two first-place finishes in the 94-186 loss to Virginia.
*The senior won the 100 breaststroke (54.46), just missing the NCAA B cut standard by .21 seconds.
*He won the 200 breast (1:58.91) by almost 10 seconds, missing the NCAA B cut standard by less than half a second.
*Both times in the 100 breast and 200 breast lead the Patriot League.

Lily Mead, Loyola Maryland, So., Timonium, Md.
*Mead contributed to seven event victories for the Greyhounds over the weekend, including posting a school record-breaking time in the 200 backstroke (2:00.48).
*She took first place in the 200 individual medley (2:03.45) and 100 breaststroke (1:03.34).
*Her times in the 200 back, 200 IM, and 100 breast lead all Patriot League swimmers.

Daniel Alaimo, Army West Point, Sr. West Nyack, N.Y.
*Alaimo placed first in the three-meter dive and second in the one-meter dive in the meet against Virginia
*His score of 348.00 on the three-meter dive is an NCAA Zone Diving qualifying score.

Emily Balicanta, Boston University, Sr., Pleasanton, Calif.
*Balicanta took home first place in the one-meter dive (255.45) and second place in the three-meter dive (260.33) against UMass.
*Her first-place finish in the one-meter dive was six points better than the second-place finisher.

Honorable Mentions
Melinda Zhang, Army West Point, So., Plymouth, Minn.
*Zhang tallied two first-, one second-, and one third-place finishes in the 100 fly (57.34), 200 freestyle relay (1:37.34), 100 IM (1:00.40), and 200 fly (2:03.26) against Virginia.

Lyde De Hooghe, Boston University, Fr., New Baltimore, Mich.
*De Hooghe took home first place in the three-meter dive (294.53) and second place in the one-meter dive. His score in the three-meter was 14.33 points better than the second-place finisher.

Madison Kim, Boston University, So., Fairfax, Va.
*Kim tallied three first-place finishes against UMass in the 200 freestyle (1:54.44), 100 butterfly (57.63). and 400 freestyle relay (3:31.99).

Henry Mueller, Loyola Maryland, Fr., Littleton, Colo.
*Mueller took home two first-place finishes and one fourth place in the 200 freestyle (1:39.58), 200 backstroke (1:46.32), and 50 freestyle (20.91). His time in the 200 back set a school record and ranks 29th in Division I.

Past Winners
Male Swimmer
10.12 – Evan Zhang, Army West Point
10.19 – Jonah Harm, Navy
10.26 – Jackson Schultz, Navy

Female Swimmer
10.12 – Sydney Harrington, Navy
10.19 – Sydney Harrington, Navy
10.26 – Sydney Harrington, Navy

Male Diver
10.12 – Daniel Alaimo, Army West Point
10.19 – George Moore, Navy
10.26 – Daniel Alaimo, Army West Point

Female Diver
10.12 – Hannah Montau, Navy
10.19 – Hannah Montau, Navy
10.26 – Hannah Montau, Navy

The Patriot League is in its fourth decade of academic and athletic achievement, continually demonstrating that student-athletes can excel at both academics and athletics without sacrificing high standards. The Patriot League’s athletic success is achieved while its member institutions remain committed to its founding principle of admitting and graduating student-athletes that are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics at Patriot League institutions is viewed as an important component of a well-rounded education.

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