Brielle Johnston Earns MAC Women’s Diver Of The Week

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February 02nd, 2017 College, NCAA Division I Mid-Major


Paloma Marrero, University of Akron, Junior
Merida, Spain

Event & Time: 100 breaststroke; 200 breaststroke; 400 medley

Junior Paloma Marrero (Merida, Spain) set a pair of school records in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and was part of the 400 medley relay team that broke the MAC record in the Zips’ double-dual meet wins over Bowling Green and Youngstown State.

In the 100 breaststroke, Marrero broke her own school record as she touched the wall in a time of 1:00.95, the 39th fastest time in the nation this season.

The junior broke her own school record in the 200 breaststroke as she cruised home in 2:10.59, the 25th fastest time in the nation this season.

Along with sophomore Madison Myers (Akron, Ohio), sophomore Sadie Fazekas (Windsor, Ontario) and sophomore Ragen Engel (Springfield, Ohio), Marrero was part of the 400 Medley Relay team that broke the MAC record as they posted the 19th fastest time in the nation this season with a time of 3:35.65. Marrero swam the 100 breaststroke leg of the relay in a blazing time of 59.97.

Brielle Johnston, Eastern Michigan, Freshman
Ottawa, Ontario / Catholique Franco-Quest

Event & Time: 1-meter – 256.88; 3-meter – 316.73;

Freshman Brielle Johnston (Ottawa, Ontario-Catholique Franco-Quest) continued her sensational season at Buffalo for the Eastern Michigan University women’s swimming and diving team, Jan. 28. The freshman phenom was one of two Eagles to win multiple events, as the Eagles outlasted Buffalo, 164-136. The Ottawa, Ontario product began the day with a win on the 1-meter, scoring 256.88 points. She then picked up a win on the 3-meter springboard, securing her third consecutive sweep of the events. Johnston claimed victory with a career-best score of 316.73, the highest mark by an Eagle this season, as well as the fifth-best total in the MAC this year.

Other Nominees

Katie Horn, Ball State University, Senior
Noblesville, Ind., Noblesville High School

Event & Time: 2:07.03, 200 butterfly; 57.43, 100 butterfly; 3:45.12, 400 freestyle relay

Katie’s time in the 200 butterfly earned her a first place finish in the Cardinal meet against Miami. She also earned a second place finish in the 100 butterfly, just barely missing out on first. Katie was the second leg of the 400 freestyle relay and had a split time of 56.70.

Julia Box, University at Buffalo, Sophomore
Boulder, CO/Fairview

Event & Time: [Bonaventure – 400 Medley Relay (3:49.65), 100 Fly (55.62), 400 Free Relay (3:37.40)] [EMU – 200 Fly (2:01.96), 100 Fly (55.42), 200 Medley Relay (1:44.20)]

Julia Box had impressive performance at the Bulls’ this past weekend against St. Bonaventure on Friday and Eastern Michigan on Saturday. On Friday, Box placed first in one individual event, and two relay events. Her time of 55.62 in the 100 Fly put her in first place. Box also helped etched the 400 Medley Relay team’s name in the All-Time Top-Ten at Buffalo, clocking in at 3:49.63 for a first place finish. She also helped her 400 Free Relay team swim to a first place finish with a time of 3:37.40. Against Eastern Michigan, Box had another stellar performance. Box had two individual first place finishes: 100 Fly and 200 Fly with times of 55.42 and 2:01.96, respectively. Box also helped the 200 Medley Relay team to a second place finish, clocking in at 1:44.20.

Ella Moynihan, Miami University, Sophomore
Denver, Co./Arapahoe

Event & Time: Purdue: 1st– 50-yard freestyle (24.32); 1st– 100-yard freestyle (52.53); 1st– 200-yard freestyle (1:52.34)

Ella Moynihan led two 1-2-3 finishes for the RedHawks in their victory over Ball State Saturday. The first was in the 200-yard freestyle, where she finished in 1:52.34. The first Cardinal to touch the wall came in almost six seconds later at 1:58.06. In the 100-yard freestyle, Moynihan clocked in at 52.53, beating the first Ball State competitor by nearly two seconds. She also placed first in the 50-yard freestyle (24.32), where she narrowly beat out Peighton Gilbert from Ball State by 0.02 seconds. Moynihan’s efforts earned her 27 total points for the Red & White.

Laura Dawson, Ohio University, Senior
Newcastle Upon Tyne, England

Event & Time: 200-yard medley relay: 1:45.21, first; 100-yard backstroke: 57.56, first; 200-yard backstroke: 2:04.87, first

Senior Laura Dawson helped the Bobcats defeat the Toledo Rockets 188-71 in their final home meet of the season. Dawson kicked off the Senior Day meet as the lead in the 200-yard medley relay where they finished with a time of 1:45.21 to take first. In the 100-yard backstroke, the senior placed first with a 57.56 time. She ended the meet in the 200-yard backstroke where she earned her third win with a 2:04.87 time.


Artur Osvath, Missouri State, Sophomore
Budapest Hungary/Arany Janos Altalanos Iskola es Gimnazium

Event & Time: 100 Breast – 1st, 53.31 – “B” standard, Rolfs Aquatic Center pool record, career best time, Missouri State record; 200 Breast – 1st, 1:54.17 – “B” standard, Rolfs Aquatic Center pool record, career best time, Missouri State record.

In another outstanding week in the pool, Artur Osvath swam to impress as he recorded two “B” standard and lifetime bests, as well as new Missouri State and Rolfs Aquatic Center pool records in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke at the Shamrock Invitational, hosted at the campus of Notre Dame. Going up against swimmers from No. 22 Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Grand Canyon, the sophomore out-touched the pack in the 100yd breast with a “B” standard time of 53.31 seconds – a new Rolfs Aquatic Center pool record and over two seconds faster than the runner-up. With a previous career best of 53.75 seconds, his time set a new career best and landed him at the top spot in the Missouri State record book. The sophomore followed up his performance in the 100yd breast with a second record-breaking outing, this time in the 200yd breast. Achieving “B” standards, Osvath shattered the pool record (1:58.86) and completed the event in a lifetime-best time of 1:54.17. Already claiming the top spot in the Missouri State record book, he shaved almost one second off of his former record (1:55.04). Previously ranked No. 16 in the nation in the 200yd breast and No. 54 in the 100yd breast, Osvath now sits sixth in the nation in the 200yd breast and No. 31 in the 100yd breast. The Hungary native now leads the Mid-American Conference in the 100 and 200yd breast, as well as the 200yd butterfly and ranks second in the 100yd butterfly and 200yd individual medley.

Other Nominees

Logan Ackley. Ball State University, Freshman
Uniondale, Ind./Norwell High School

Event & Time:  1:54.29, 200 backstroke; 1:28.88, 200 freestyle relay; 1:45.63, 200 freestyle

Logan’s time in the 200 backstroke earned him a first place finish in the Cardinal victory over Evansville. He also placed second in the 200 freestyle, only about 40 seconds behind. Logan was the first leg in Ball State’s second place finish in the 200 freestyle relay. He had a split time of 22.84.

Garrett Clarke, University at Buffalo, Junior
Liverpool, NY / Liverpool

Event & Time: [Bonaventure – 400 Free Relay (3:14.90), 400 Medley Relay (3:29.54), 100 Back (53.24)] [EMU – 200 Medley Relay (1:31.10), 100 Breast (55.46), 200 Breast (2:00.01), 200 IM (1:53.55)]

Garrett Clarke had an outstanding performance this past weekend for the Bulls. Clarke helped lead his team to two third place finishes against St. Bonaventure: 400 Free Relay and 400 Medley Relay. Clarke swam anchor for both relays. He helped his 400 Free Relay team clock in 3:14.90, and his 400 Medley Relay team clock in at 3:29.54. Clarke also took fourth place in the 100 Back with a time of 53.24. Clarke helped lead his team to break Eastern Michigan’s 72-meet win streak on Saturday with a 164-73 victory. Clarke took first in one relay event two individual events. He helped his 200 Medley Relay team to a first place victory with a time of 1:31.10; landing their team in Buffalo’s All-Time Top-Ten Performances. Clarke also took first in the 100 Breast and 200 Breast. He clocked in at 55.46 in the 100 Breast, narrowly beating out teammates Scott Huang and Luther Gordon. His time of 2:00.01 in the 200 Breast landed him in first place and beat out second place by over two seconds. Clarke also took fourth place in the 200 IM with a time of 1:53.55.

Tosh Kawaguchi, Eastern Michigan, Sophomore
Cary, N.C. / Cary

Event & Time: 100 Back – 49.37; 200 Back – 1:47.81; 200 IM – 1:51.27; 200 MR – 1:32.46;

Sophomore Tosh Kawaguchi (Cary, N.C.-Cary) turned in a trio of the Mid-American Conference’s top times over the weekend, as the Cary, N.C. native was the Eastern Michigan men’s swimming and diving team’s top point scorer. In addition to swimming a leg of EMU’s second-place 200 Medley Relay, Kawaguchi claimed his fifth sweep of the Backstroke events this season. He also added a runner-up finish in the 200 Individual Medley. In the 100 Back, Kawaguchi clocked in with a time of 49.37, the third-fastest in the MAC this season. He followed that up with another win in the 200 Back, this time touching in with a time of 1:47.81, good for second-best in the league this season. Kawaguchi closed out his day with a career-best time of 1:51.27 in the 200 IM.

Brandt Hudson, University of Evansville, Freshman
Dalton, GA/Dalton High School

Event & Time: 1000 Freestyle – 9:59.33; 500 Freestyle – 4:48.68

Evansville traveled to Ball State on Saturday where Hudson led the way for his teammates. Freshman Brandt Hudson began the individual events with a win for the Aces. He clocked in at a 9:59.33 in the 1000 freestyle, a season best. Hudson then continued to win the 500 freestyle by over ten seconds at a 4:48.68. He also participated in the 200 Freestyle Relay to touch in at 1:29.01.

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