Boise State senior Brittany Aoyama is the Mountain West Swimmer of the Week, while Nevada junior Sharae Zheng has earned MW Women’s Diver of the Week honors for competition ending on January 22, 2017. It is the fourth accolade for Aoyama this season and the 11th of her career. For Zheng, it is her third award this season and the fourth of her career.
The 2017 Mountain West Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships will be held February 15-18 at the Texas A&M Natatorium in College Station, Texas.
WOMEN’S SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
BRITTANY AOYAMA, BOISE STATE
Senior, Stockton, California / Linden HS
- Earned seven first-place finishes as Boise State beat Wyoming, 173-127, on January 20 and won a double-dual against nationally-ranked Denver (161.5-131.5) and Colorado Mesa (265-35) on January 21 during a Front Range road trip.
- Won the 100-yard butterfly during both events with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 53.81 (a) at Denver and a time of 55.06 (a) at Wyoming.
- Took first place in the 100-yard freestyle on both days, recording an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 49.67 (a) at Denver and a 50.41 (a) at Wyoming.
- Both ‘B’ cut times rank in the top three in the Mountain West this season – second for the 100-fly and third for the 100-free.
- Against Wyoming, won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.13 and swam the leadoff leg for the winning 400-yard freestyle relay team (3:28.05).
- Won the 200-yard butterfly (2:01.54 (a)) against Denver and CMU and swam the third leg for the second-place 400-yard medley team (3:45.32).
WOMEN’S DIVER OF THE WEEK
SHARAE ZHENG, NEVADA
Junior, Chengdu, China / Sport School of Sichuan Province
- Won the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard events as Nevada defeated San José State, 179-118, on January 21.
- Scored a 400.28 off of the 3-meter board, the second time this season she has hit the 400+ mark.
- Posted a 339.53 in the 1-meter event.
- Both marks are NCAA Zone qualifying scores.
2016-17 Mountain West Women’s Swimmers of the Week
Oct. 11 – Brittany Aoyama, Sr., Boise State
Oct. 18 – McKenna Meyer, Fr., San Diego State
Oct. 25 – Genevieve Miller, Sr., Air Force
Nov. 1 – Teresa Baerens, Sr., Nevada
Nov. 8 – Kristina Hendrick, Sr., UNLV
Nov. 22 – Brittany Aoyama, Sr., Boise State
Dec. 13 – Teresa Baerens, Sr., Nevada
Jan. 10 – Brittany Aoyama, Sr., Boise State
Jan. 17 – Ally Kleinsorgen, So., Boise State
Jan. 24 – Brittany Aoyama, Sr., Boise State
2016-17 Mountain West Women’s Divers of the Week
Oct. 11 – Zoe Lei, So., Nevada
Oct. 18 – Toma Shmitova, So., Nevada
Oct. 25 – Emily Williams, Sr., Colorado State
Nov. 1 – Toma Shmitova, So., Nevada
Nov. 8 – Sharae Zheng, Jr., Nevada
Nov. 15 – Alexandra Caplan, Jr., San Diego State
Nov. 22 – Sharae Zheng, Jr., Nevada
Dec. 13 – Cari Reiswig, Jr., San José State
Jan. 10 – Karla Contreras, Fr., Wyoming
Jan. 17 – Alexandra Caplan, Jr., San Diego State
Jan. 24 – Sharae Zheng, Jr., Nevada
News courtesy of Mountain West.