MIAC Athletes of the Week – Nov. 7, 2017

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners for men's and women's swimming and diving on Tuesday. Student-athletes from St. Thomas claimed the Conference's weekly honors for Oct. 31 – Nov. 6, 2017.

The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated and selected by the Conference's sports information directors. Throughout the fall season, team sports (football and hockey) Athletes of the Week will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with individual sports (swimming and diving) announced on Tuesday afternoons. The winners of the latest Athlete of the Week awards are listed below, along with details on their outstanding performances.

To view each sport's 2017-18 Athlete of the Week home page, navigate to the MIAC's Awards page, or visit the 2017-18 Athlete of the Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections and winners.

MIAC Men's Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week
Tom Negaard
University of St. Thomas
Jr.
Stevens Point, Wis.

Junior Tom Negaard had a hand in eight firsts in two dual meets last weekend as the Toms won at Carleton and St. Olaf in consecutive days. Individually, Negaard posted four top-three times in the MIAC, including the best 50 free time of the Conference season (21.61) thus far. He also swam on the 200 free relay (1:26.32) ranked first in the MIAC and the 200 medley relay (1:36.95) ranked second.

MIAC Women's Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week
Alex Howard
University of St. Thomas

Jr.
Stillwater, Minn.

Alex Howard contributed to five performances that rank first or second in the MIAC at last weekend's Carleton and St. Olaf Duals, including three in the top-32 nationally. Howard led off the 200 free relay that clocked 1:39.40, first in the MIAC and 13th nationally. She also anchored the 200 medley that is ranked third in the MIAC and 21st nationally. Her 200 back time of 2:14.43 is the fastest in the MIAC this season, while her 200 free (1:55.22) and 500 free (5:15.92) rank second in the Conference.