BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners for swimming and diving on Tuesday. Student-athletes from Gustavus and St. Thomas claimed the Conference's weekly honors for October 23-29, 2018.
The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated by the Conference's sports information directors and selected by MIAC staff. Transitioning from the fall to winter seasons, 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 2018-19 Athlete of the Week home page, navigate to the MIAC's Awards page or visit the 2018-19 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
Gustavus Adolphus College
West Des Moines, Iowa | Dowling Catholic
Nolan Larson won all three events he competed in over the weekend in the Gusties' dual with Luther College. The sophomore placed first in both the 100 butterfly (52.48) and 200 freestyle (1:47.28), in addition to helping Gustavus' 200 freestyle relay team come away with first-place honors (1:28.06). Larson's 200 freestyle time is the fastest in the MIAC this season by two seconds.
MIAC Women's Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week
University of St. Thomas
Alex Howard had a hand in three firsts and one second to lead the Tommies to victory at the five-team Minnesota-Wisconsin Border Battle. Howard anchored the winning 200 medley relay with a 24.41 split for 50 free, in a relay time of 1:49.71 which was good for 10th nationally. She also won the 200 free in 1:57.75 - a time ranked 17th nationally - and the 100 free in 54.32, good for 27th nationally. The UST senior swam a 54.03 split in the 400 free relay for second place in 3:40.53, which ranks ninth nationally.