BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) recognized outstanding performances from the past week with the announcement of its Athlete-of-the-Week award winners in swimming and diving, indoor track and field and tennis. Student-athletes from Carleton, Concordia, Gustavus, Saint Benedict, St. Thomas claimed the conference's weekly honors for the week of Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2017.
The MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week awards are nominated and selected each week by the conference's sports information directors. Each week, team sports (basketball and hockey) Athletes-of-the-Week are recognized each Monday afternoon, with individual sports (swimming and diving, indoor track and field, and tennis) announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Carleton's Caroline Mather was named the Women's Swimming Athlete-of-the-Week on the heels of also receiving national weekly honors for her outstanding performance – including two first-place finishes – at the Minnesota Challenge. The first MIAC Tennis Athletes-of-the-Week each had strong starts to the spring season. Gustavus' Mohanad Alhouni went 2-1 in singles play and 2-1 in doubles play against nationally-ranked teams to win the men's award, and Saint Benedict's Tessa Rahrick went a combined 6-0 (3-0 singles, 3-0 doubles) in three matches, including two against Division II foes.
Concordia and St. Thomas split the MIAC Track and Field Athlete-of-the-Week awards. Cobber sprinter David Supinski earned the men's track honor after setting new school records in both the 400- and 600-meter dashes, and Concordia's Emma Peterson claimed the women's field award after breaking the school record in the high jump. UST thrower Austin Jochum received the men's field award after winning the weight throw with a top-seven national time, and fellow Tommie Kayla Janto received the women's track honor thanks to a pair of impressive, top-25 national performances in the 800-meter run and the 4x400-meter relay.
To view each sport's 2016-17 Athlete-of-the-Week home page, visit the MIAC's Awards page, or visit the 2016-17 Athlete-of-the-Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections and winners.
MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week awards are awarded each week during the regular season for each of the MIAC's 22 championship sports to recognize and honor outstanding performances and athletic excellence that contribute to the MIAC's core value of "Quality Athletics."
||Women's Swimming &
Highlands Ranch, Colo. / Mountain Vista
|Carleton's Caroline Mather earned her second MIAC weekly honor and was also selected as the CollegeSwimming.com
Division III National Swimmer-of-the-Week after she figured in two event victories at the Minnesota Challenge, a
meet that included four Division I programs. She won the 50-yard freestyle with a career-best time of 23.49, which
ranks No. 8 in Division III and meets the 2016 NCAA selection standard. She also helped the Knights win the 400-yard
freestyle relay with a time of 3:38.43. She also finished fourth in the 100-yard freestyle (53.13) with the top Division
III time in the event, and she helped Carleton earn a second-place finish and two fourths in three other relay events.
||Men's Indoor Track
Baxter, Minn. / Brainerd
|Concordia College sophomore runner David Supinski broke two school records at the Bison Open this past weekend.
He also finished in the top three in both the 600 and 400 meters in a meet that included numerous Division I and II
scholarship athletes. Supinski broke the 400-meter school record by becoming the first Cobber athlete to run under
50 seconds as he recorded a time of 49.49 which beat the old school record set in 2008. He then bettered his own
school record in the 600 meters by running a 1:21.67. Both of Supinski's times are in the top two on the MIAC leader
board this year, and his time in the 400 is the fastest in the conference thus far in 2017.
||Men's Indoor Field
University of St. Thomas
|St. Thomas junior Austin Jochum threw a career-best 58-8.75 in the weight throw Friday at the Macalester Invite for
first place among 22 throwers. That mark is not only his career best, it also ranks seventh nationally and ranks first
in the conference. It's also tied for the best toss in the MIAC in the last five seasons, ranks No. 3 all-time at UST and
is the best throw by a Tommie in 24 seasons. Jochum is one of the most improved throwers in the nation: his
2016 best was 48-2.5, which was 14th best in the conference.
||Women's Indoor Track
University of St. Thomas
West Bend, Wis. / West
|St. Thomas senior Kayla Janto ran a career indoor best of 2:16.77 and took second in the 800-meter run in a photo
finish in a field of 30 runners at the Wartburg Invite. That time ranks 11th best in the nation and first in the conference.
Janto also ran a career indoor best 59.2 on her 400-meter leg on the Toms' 4x400 relay that placed fourth and
ranks 23rd nationally and first in the conference at 4:02.74.
||Women's Indoor Field
|Concordia College senior Emma Peterson won the high jump event at the NDSU Bison Open, which included only
NCAA Division I and II schools besides the Division III Cobbers. Not only did Peterson win the high jump, but she
also broke the school record in the event. Peterson's mark of 5-07.00 beat the old record of 5-06.50 set back in 2012.
Her height is the best in the MIAC this season and also ranked No. 5 in all of Division III this year. Peterson now
owns both the indoor and outdoor high jump school records at Concordia.
Gustavus Adolphus College
Tripoli, Libya / West Lutheran
|Gustavus junior star Mohanad Alhouni got off to a great start in 2017 as the Gusties opened against three nationally-
ranked opponents. Alhouni went 2-1 in singles play, including a pair of straight-sets wins against nationally-ranked
foes, and he also went 2-1 in doubles matches against No. 24 Whitman, No. 31 Pacific and No. 9 Pomona-Pitzer.
Alhouni's singles wins were 6-4, 6-2, against Whitman's No. 40-ranked player, and 7-6, 6-1, against the nation's No.
38-ranked player from Pomona Pitzer. As a team, the Gusties went 1-2, defeating Pacific and losing to Whitman
College of Saint Benedict
|Saint Benedict rookie Tessa Rahrick started the spring 2017 season in style, going a combined 6-0 in singles and
doubles matches over the weekend, which included matches against two Division II foes, to help the Blazers go
2-1 as a team. She was a perfect 3-0 at No. 2 singles, defeating her opponents from UM-Crookston (6-0, 6-0),
Concordia (6-1, 6-1) and Bemidji State (6-2, 5-7, retired). She was also 3-0 in doubles play, winning 8-0 at No. 2
vs. Crookston, 8-0 at No. 1 vs. Concordia and 8-0 at No. 1 vs. Bemidji. CSB swept Crookston and Concordia by 9-0
scores, and suffered a narrow 5-4 loss to Bemidji State. This season, Rahrick is 5-2 in singles play and 5-2
in doubles play.