MIAC Athletes-of-the-Week - Nov. 1, 2016

MIAC Athletes-of-the-Week - Nov. 1, 2016

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. Student-athletes from Carleton and St. Thomas claimed the conference's weekly honors for the week of Oct. 24-Oct. 30, 2016.

The MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week awards are nominated and selected each week by the conference's sports information directors. Each week, team sports (football, volleyball, soccer and hockey) Athletes-of-the-Week are recognized each Monday afternoon, with individual sports (swimming and diving) announced on Tuesday afternoon. This is the final week for volleyball and soccer awards, and the first for hockey and swimming and diving honors. Cross country and golf awards have concluded for the fall also.

The first swimming and diving awards of 2016-17 went to a pair of student-athletes that are already in midseason form. St. Thomas' Andrew Grabowski claimed the men's award thanks to his two wins on the diving board in a dual meet with Luther. Carleton's Maria Wetzel posted some of the top times in Division III last week in her respective events to earn the MIAC women's weekly honor. 

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."

Men's Swimming & Diving

Andrew Grabowski
University of St. Thomas

 Junior – Park Ridge, Ill. / Maine South 

St. Thomas junior diver Andrew Grabowski – the reigning two-time MIAC Diver-of-the-Year – started his
junior campaign in impressive fashion to earn the first MIAC Men's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-
Week award of 2016-17. Grabowski had two solid scores in his first competition of the season to help the
regionally-ranked Tommies dual-meet win at Luther College (Iowa). He had two of the Tommies' 12 event
wins with scores of 256.0 on the one-meter board, and 284.5 to also win the three-meter title. The latter
was just off his career-best six-dive score of 297.0. 

Women's Swimming &
Diving Athlete-of-the-Week

Maria Wetzel
Carleton College

Senior – Salem, Ore. / West Salem
Carleton senior swimmer Maria Wetzel won two individual events in spectacular fashion at the Cows, Colleges,   
and Contentment Classic on Saturday. She was first to the wall in the 400-yard IM, posting the season's top
time in Division III of 4:40.23. She also won the 200-yard backstroke, ranking fourth in D-III at 2:07.21. Wetzel
helped Carleton post second-place results (behind only DII St. Cloud State) in the 200-yard medley relay
(1:52.57) and 200-yard freestyle relay (1:41.23). Both of those relay times rank second in the MIAC this season. 

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