Courtesy: WAC Sports
DENVER – Idaho’s Katie Hale and Allison Shimp have been named the Western Athletic Conference Women’s Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, for Jan. 25 through Jan. 31.
Hale, a junior from Park City, Utah, collected a pair of individual wins to go along with two relay victories as the Vandals swam past Dixie State. Hale swept the sprints, beginning with earning the top spot in the 50 free with a time of 23.24 seconds. She then secured the first-place finish in the 100 free, reaching the wall at 52.14. On top of her individual performance, she led the 200 medley relay and 200 free relay teams to victory, finishing with times of 1:44.89 and 1.37.02, respectively.
Shimp, a sophomore from Des Moines, Wash., claimed wins in both diving events as she competed against her fellow Vandals during their dual against Dixie State. Shimp recorded 262.60 point dive in the 1-meter to pick up the victory. On the 3-meter board, she put together a dive worth 258.98 points to close out her second first-place finish of the week.
Other swimmer nominees: Dixie State’s Kyrie Sutherland dominated in the Trailblazers dual with Seattle U, earning wins in the 50 free (24.50), 100 free (52.75) and 200 individual medley (2:08.56)… Northern Arizona’s Hope Williams looked strong in her first meet back since October, pacing the competition in both the 100 breast (1:02.88) and 200 breast (2:21.52)… Seattle U’s Cassie Koester put together her third first-place finish of the year with her win in the 1000 free on (10:52.45) Thursday.
Other diver nominated: Northern Arizona’s Victoria Knapp tallied a pair of podium finishes, placing third in both the 3-meter (251.45) and 1-meter (243.35) as the Lumberjacks competed against Arizona and NM State.
Grimm, a junior from O’Fallon, Mo., had a solid showing in the Falcons dominating win over Denver. He secured finishes in the 200 IM (1 minute and 50.81 seconds) and 200 free (1:40.26). Grimm’s altitude adjusted 200 IM time (1:49.21) is also good for the fastest time in the conference this season while his altitude adjusted 200 free time (1:38.66) places him sixth among WAC swimmers.
Cawley, a senior from Portland, Ore., racked up a pair of podium finishes on Senior Day as the Rebels took on divers from Hawai’i and Wyoming. Cawley’s top dive came in the 3-meter event where he took first with a score of 330.0 points. He also managed a third-place finish on the 1-meter board, finishing with 300.45 points in finals.
Other swimmer nominated: UNLV’s Vuk Celic earned top spots in both of the distance events last week as he picked up first-place finishes in the 1650 free (15:20.88) and 500 free (4:25.90)… Wyoming’s Harry Tjaden posted career-best times in the 200 fly (1:51.30), 100 fly (50.71) and 500 free (4:36.59) as he finished second, fourth and sixth, respectively.
Other diver nominees: Air Force’s Cole Armagost posted a monster score of 350.70 in the 3-meter event as the Falcons had an intersquad competition after Denver did not travel divers… Wyoming’s Brendan Byrnes was the top diver for the Cowboys as he posted a season-best score of 289.60 on the 3-meter board.