Minnesota Women Collect Big Ten Weekly Honors

The Minnesota women swept the Big Ten weekly honors after their dual meet with Florida. Samantha Harding was named swimmer of the week for winning the 500 (4:52.00) and 1000 (9:53.79) as the teams tied. Yu Zhou was awarded diver of the week for winning both events. Freshman of the week went to Rachel Munson after she won the 100 breast (1:02.81) against Florida.

Swimmer of the Week
Samantha Harding, Minnesota

Sr. – Las Cruces, N.M. – Las Cruces

  • Claimed a pair of first-place finishes in the 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle events against Florida
  • Recorded a time of 4:52.00 in the 500-yard freestyle and 9:53.79 in the 1,000-yard freestyle
  • Times in the 500- and 1,000-yard freestyle currently rank sixth and second in the nation, respectively
  • The two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns her first career Big Ten Swimmer of the Week award
  • Last Minnesota Swimmer of the Week: Kierra Smith (Feb. 3, 2015)

Diver of the Week

Yu Zhou, Minnesota

Jr. – Wuhan, China – Beijing College of Sports

  • Finished first in both springboard events against Florida
  • Scored 336.98 points in the one-meter event and 380.03 points in the three-meter competition, recording NCAA Zone qualifying scores in both events
  • Earns her fifth career Diver of the Week honor
  • Last Minnesota Diver of the Week: Yu Zhou (Oct. 7, 2015)

Freshman of the Week
Rachel Munson, Minnesota

Fr. – Shorewood, Wis. – Shorewood

  • Recorded a pair of first-place finishes, and added a third- and sixth-place touch versus Florida
  • Finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.81) and 200-yard medley relay (1:41.42), which rank ninth and sixth in the nation, respectively
  • Collected a third- and sixth-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:19.29) and 200-yard individual medley (2:09.30), respectively
  • Earns her first Freshman of the Week award
  • Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Danielle Nack (Feb. 3, 2015)

2015-16 Big Ten Women’s Swimmer/Diver of the Week
Oct. 7
S: Joanna Wu, Sr., RU
D: Yu Zhou, Jr., MINN
F: Monika Gonzalez-Hermosillo, PSU

Oct. 14

S: Samantha Harding, Sr., MINN

D: Yu Zhou, Jr., MINN

F: Rachel Munson, MINN

Swimming news courtesy of Big Ten Conference.

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