MIAC Athletes-of-the-Week - Dec. 6, 2016

MIAC Athletes-of-the-Week - Dec. 6, 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 Gustavus and St. Olaf claimed the conference's weekly honors for the week of Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 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 (basketball and hockey) Athletes-of-the-Week are recognized each Monday afternoon, with individual sports (swimming and diving) announced on Tuesday afternoon.

The two MIAC Swimming and Diving Athletes-of-the-Week impressed at the star-studded Jean Freeman Invitational, hosted by the University of Minnesota. Gustavus sophomore Tanner Sonnek set a new school record and had three top-eight individual performances to win his second-straight honor. St. Olaf's Claire Walters had two individual top-10 performances and another in a relay event, with all ranking in the top four in the MIAC, to win the women's 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

Tanner Sonnek
Gustavus Adolphus College

      North Mankato, Minn. / Mankato West  

Gustavus sophomore Tanner Sonnek turned in a record-setting performance at the University of Minnesota's
Jean Freeman Invitational to win his second-straight MIAC weekly award. Sonnek broke his own school record
in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 56.12, which resulted in a second-place finish. He also finished
seventh in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:09.08) and eighth in the 200-yard IM (2:02.21) in a top-notch field
that included Division I and II teams. Sonnek is currently ranked No. 1 in the MIAC in both the 100- and 200
breast events, and third in the 200-IM. 

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

Claire Walters
St. Olaf College
Northfield, Minn.
The St. Olaf women's swimming and diving team and senior Claire Walters had great showings against top-notch  
competition at the University of Minnesota's Jean Freeman Invitational. Walters had three top-10 finishes – two
individual and one relay – that all rank in the top four in the MIAC this season. She was fifth in the 50-yard
freestyle (24.01) and ninth in the 100-yard freestyle (53.41) and both times rank third in the conference in
2016-17, and she helped the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:41.06) finish third with the MIAC's fourth-best time this
season. The Oles finished seventh out of 20 teams with numerous Division I and II teams in attendance.

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