Gophers Smith, Hoosiers Snodgrass share B1G Swimmer of the Week award in preview of conference showdown

Minnesota’s Kierra Smith and Indiana’s Brooklynn Snodgrass are co-Big Ten Swimmers of the Week on the women’s side. It’s an interesting set-up, as both swimmers are Canadian imports and among the best swimmers on two squads that will likely go head-to-head for the conference title later this month as they have the past few seasons.

The two teams also split the other two awards, with Minnesota’s Danielle Nack earning freshman of the week and Indiana’s Jessica Parrato, also a freshman, taking diver of the week.

On the men’s side, Ohio State’s Josh Fleagle is the swimmer of the week after helping the Buckeyes beat West Virginia, Louisville, and most notably conference rivals Indiana over the weekend.

Meanwhile Steele Johnson of Purdue continued to clean up on weekly awards, sweeping freshman of the week and diver of the week. That’s the fourth week this season that Johnson has swept both awards, and his second week in a row accomplishing the feat. Johnson has won each award a total of 6 times already this season.

The press releases, courtesy of the Big Ten Conference, are below:

Women’s Awards

Co-Swimmers of the Week
Brooklynn Snodgrass, Indiana

Jr. – Calgary, Alberta – National Sports School

  • Collected three first-place finishes and a second place touch in No. 13 Indiana’s dual meet win over No. 18 Louisville
  • Recorded first-place finishes in the 100 backstroke (53.44), 200 backstroke (1:54.10) and 400 freestyle relay (3:21.98), and added a second-place tally in the 50 freestyle (23.31)
  • Posted two NCAA provisional qualifying times in the 100 and 200 backstroke events
  • Earns her ninth career Swimmer of the Week award
  • Last Indiana Swimmer of the Week: Brooklynn Snodgrass (Dec. 9, 2014)

 

Kierra Smith, Minnesota

Jr. – Kelowna, B.C. – Immaculate Regional HS

  • Secured four first-place finishes in No. 19 Minnesota’s triple dual against No. 16 Purdue and Northwestern
  • Finished first in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.49), 200 individual medley (2:03.02), 200 breaststroke (2:12.68) and 200 medley relay (1:41.65)
  • Collected NCAA provisional qualifying marks in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events
  • Earns her seventh career Swimmer of the Week award
  • Last Minnesota Swimmer of the Week: Kierra Smith (Jan. 27, 2015)

 

Diver of the Week

Jessica Parratto, Indiana

Fr. – Dover, N.H.

  • Swept the springboard diving events in No. 13 Indiana’s dual meet win over No. 18 Louisville
  • Scored 316.95 points in the one-meter event and totaled 342.68 points in three-meter diving
  • Secured two NCAA Zone Diving qualifying scores
  • Earns her second Diver of the Week award
  • Last Indiana Diver of the Week: Lacey Houser (Jan. 20, 2015)

 

Freshman of the Week
Danielle Nack, Minnesota

Fr. – Mankato, Minn. – Mankato West HS

  • Tallied two first-place finishes, two second-place marks and a third-place touch in No. 19 Minnesota’s triple dual against No. 16 Purdue and Northwestern
  • Finished first in the 200 medley relay (1:41.65) and 200 freestyle relay (1:32.76), secured a second-place tally in the 200 butterfly (2:00.62) and 100 butterfly (55.20) and claimed third-place honors in the 400 freestyle relay (3:25.08)
  • Earns her first Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Brooke Zeiger (Nov. 25, 2014)

 

2014-15 Big Ten Women’s Swimmer/Diver of the Week
Oct. 7
S: Kierra Smith, Jr., MINN
D: Anna Filipcic, So., NEB
F: Clara Smiddy, MICH

Oct. 14
S: Brooklynn Snodgrass, Jr., IND
D: Anna Filipcic, So., NEB
F: Kennedy Goss, IND

Oct. 21
S: Ivy Martin, Sr., WIS
D: Mary Beth Dunnichay, Jr., PUR
F: Brooke Zeiger, MINN

Oct. 28
S: Brooklynn Snodgrass, Jr., IND
D: Lexi Tenenbaum, So., MINN
F: Clara Smiddy, MICH

Nov. 4
S: Emma Sougstad, So., IOWA
D: Mary Beth Dunnichay, Jr., PUR
F: Kennedy Goss, IND

Nov. 11
S: Ivy Martin, Sr., WIS
D: Yu Zhou, So., MINN
F: Zhesi Li, OSU
F: Addison Walkowiak, RU

 

Nov. 18

S: Ivy Martin, Sr., WIS

D: Ashley Peterson, So., WIS
F: Sam Stratford, ILL

 

Nov. 25

S: Kierra Smith, Jr., MINN
D: Nicole Schwery, Jr., NEB

F: Brooke Zeiger, MINN

F: Addison Walkowiak, RU

 

Dec. 9

S: Brooklynn Snodgrass, Jr., IND
D: Jessica Ramberg, Jr., MINN
F: Kennedy Goss, IND

F: Gillian Ryan, MICH

 

Dec. 16

S: Emma Sougstad, So., IOWA
D: Anna Filipcic, So., NEB
F: Jordan Ehly, NEB

 

Dec. 23

D/F: Jessica Parratto, IND

 

Jan. 6

S: Ali DeLoof, Jr., MICH

F: Emily Kopas, MICH

 

Jan. 13

S: Ali DeLoof, Jr., MICH

D: Mary Beth Dunnichay, Jr., PUR

F: Addison Walkowiak, RU

 

Jan. 20

S: Ivy Martin, Sr., WIS
D: Lacey Houser, Jr., IND
F: Mary Warren, NU

F: Addison Walkowiak, RU

 

Jan. 27

S: Kierra Smith, Jr., MINN
D: Yu Zhou, So., MINN
F: Clara Smiddy, MICH

 

Feb. 3

S: Brooklynn Snodgrass, Jr., IND

S: Kierra Smith, Jr., MINN

D: Jessica Parratto, Fr., IND

F: Danielle Nack, MINN

Men’s Awards

Swimmer of the Week

Josh Fleagle, Ohio State

Jr. – St. Mary’s, Ohio

  • Collected a combined seven first-place finishes in No. 12 Ohio State’s victories over West Virginia, No. 4 Louisville and No. 9 Indiana
  • Finished first in the 200 freestyle (1:37.74), 400 medley relay (3:15.61) and 200 freestyle relay (1:21.28) against West Virginia
  • Finished first in the 50 freestyle (20.08), 100 freestyle (44.24), 200 medley relay (1:27.98) and 400 freestyle relay (2:57.24) versus Indiana and Louisville
  • Claimed NCAA provisional qualifying marks in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle
  • Earns his second Swimmer of the Week honor
  • Last Ohio State Swimmer of the Week: Josh Fleagle (Nov. 11, 2014)

 

Diver and Freshman of the Week
Steele Johnson, Purdue

Fr. – Carmel, Ind. – Laurel Springs

  • Collected two first-place finishes in platform and three-meter diving in Purdue’s triple dual against No. 23 Minnesota and Northwestern
  • Scored 445.50 points on platform and 464.40 points in three-meter diving
  • Tallied NCAA Zone Qualifying scores in both events
  • Earns his sixth Diver of the Week honor
  • Last Purdue Diver of the Week: Steele Johnson (Jan. 27, 2015)
  • Earns his sixth Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Steele Johnson (Jan. 27, 2015)

 

2014-15 Big Ten Men’s Swimmer/Diver of the Week
Oct. 7
S: Richard Funk, Sr., MICH
D: Manny Pollard, Jr., MINN
F: Aaron Whitaker, Fr., MICH

Oct. 14
S: Anze Tavcar, So., IND
D: James Connor, Fr., IND
F: Ali Khalafalla, Fr., IND

Oct. 21
S: Matt Hutchins, So., WIS
D/F: Steele Johnson, PUR

Oct. 28
S: Dylan Bosch, Jr., MICH
D: Michael Hixon, So., IND
F: Paul Powers, MICH
F: Steele Johnson, PUR

Nov. 4
S: Anze Tavcar, So., IND
D: Michael Hixon, So., IND
F: Jerzy Twarowski, IOWA
Nov. 11
S: Josh Fleagle, Jr., OSU
D: Steele Johnson, Fr., PUR
F: Evan White, MICH

 

Nov. 18

S: Drew teDuits, Sr., WIS

D: John Andrade, Sr., NU

F: Lachie McLeish, MSU

 

Nov. 25

S: Jordan Wilimovsky, Jr., NU

D: Steele Johnson, Fr., PUR

F: Braydon Seal, OSU

 

Dec. 9

S: Dylan Bosch, Jr., MICH

D: Manny Pollard, Jr., MINN

F: Blake Pieroni, IND

F: Evan White, MICH

 

Dec. 23

D: Michael Hixon, So., IND

F: Steele Johnson, PUR

 

Jan. 13

S: Matt Hutchins, So., WIS

D/F: Steele Johnson, PUR

 

Jan. 20

S: Nate Savoy, Sr., PSU
D: Michael Hixon, So., IND
F: Blake Pieroni, IND

 

Jan. 27

S: Dylan Bosch, Jr., MICH
D/F: Steele Johnson, Fr., PUR

 

Feb. 3

S: Josh Fleagle, Jr., OSU

D/F: Steele Johnson, Fr., PUR

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