The following is a press release courtesy of the Atlantic-10 Conference:
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.— George Mason’s Travis Lauri and Davidson’s Elise Lankiewicz were named the Atlantic 10 Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Performers of the Week, respectively, the league announced on Tuesday. Also honored was Massachusetts’ Trent Kindvall, who was named the Men’s Rookie of the Week, and Richmond’s Erin Barry, the Women’s Rookie of the Week. Awards were based off meet performances from Oct. 13-19.
Lauri, a senior from Fairfax, Va., placed first in four events over the weekend to lead the Patriots against Davidson at the Richmond Duals. Lauri won the 50-yd freestyle (20.81), the 50-yd butterfly (22.69), the 100-yd butterfly (51.12) and anchored the 200-yd freestyle relay team that finished first with a time of 1:23.81.
Lankiewicz, the sophomore from Wilmington, Del., won all of her events on Friday night, as the Wildcats challenged the defending conference champion Richmond Spiders at the Richmond Duals. She then notched three victories in Davidson’s first ever Atlantic 10 swimming and diving victory over Duquesne on Saturday. Lankiewicz picked up wins in the 1,000-yd freestyle (10:15.35), finishing more than six seconds faster than the A-10’s next fastest performance, and 18 seconds better than the nearest competitor at the Richmond Duals. She followed that performance with a critical leg in Davidson’s 200-yd medley relay tie with Richmond, and impressive victories in the 200 butterfly (2:05.16), where her time leads the A-10 this season, and 500-yd freestyle (5:04.30). She also finished second in the 50-yd freestyle (24.36) and won the 200-yd backstroke (2:06.96) and the 100-yd butterfly (57.11).
In his first collegiate meet, freshman Trent Kindvall from Westminster, Colo., finished second in the 1-meter dive with a score of 243.37. He was narrowly defeated by a teammate, finishing 0.83 points behind. Later in the day, the three time national qualifier posted a 44-point win in the 3-meter with a 271.81 score.
Barry, a freshman from Millington, N.J., had a career weekend as the Spiders defeated Davidson and George Mason at the Richmond Duals this weekend. Barry posted a time of 1:05.30 in the 100-yd breaststroke, outpacing teammate Annie Lane by less than a half-second, before posting a time of 2:21.03 in the 200-yd breaststroke. On Saturday, Barry started her day off by swimming a leg of the 400-yd Medley Relay, which Richmond won in event two. She then won the 100-yd breaststroke with a time of 1:06.77 and the 200-yd breaststroke by improving her Friday time to 2:20.60 to complete her second day of competition.