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 Saint John's and St. Thomas claimed the conference's weekly honors for the week of Nov. 7-13, 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 and hockey) Athletes-of-the-Week are recognized each Monday afternoon, with individual sports (swimming and diving) announced on Tuesday afternoon.
The two MIAC winners both had multiple first-place performances last week to lead their teams to impressive showings. Saint John's Jose Alvarez claimed the men's award after winning three individual events and leading two SJU relays to first-place finishes as well as the team won the Macalester Invitational. St. Thomas' Emma Paulson swam in six events, and all six times rank in the top five in Division III as she and the Tommies competed against several NCAA Division II teams at their home Andregg Invite.
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
Saint John's University
North Bay Village, Fla. / Belen Jesuit
Saint John's senior Jose Alvarez was a member of two champion relays and won three individual events as SJU took
||Women's Swimming &
University of St. Thomas
|St. Thomas senior All-America Emma Paulson had six individual or relay swims last weekend at the Tommies' Andregg
Invite, and all six now rank in top five of Division III this season. A three-time NCAA champion last March, Paulson
swam the nation's second-fastest time in the 50-yard freestyle (23.63) and the third-fastest 200-yard backstroke time
(2:04.40). She also swam on the top-ranked 800-yard freestyle relay (7:50.04); the No. 3-ranked 400-yard medley relay
(3:58.08); the fifth-ranked 200-yard freestyle relay (1:37.72); and fourth-ranked 400-yard freestyle relay (3:34.04, her
split, 51.65). Paulson also ranks third in the nation in the 100-yard freestyle and ninth in the 200-yard freestyle.