BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners for swimming and diving, tennis, and indoor track and field on Tuesday. Student-athletes from Concordia, Gustavus, Macalester, Saint Benedict, and St. Thomas claimed the Conference's weekly honors for Jan. 29 - Feb. 4, 2019.
The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated by the Conference's sports information directors and selected by MIAC staff. Throughout the winter season, team sports (basketball, hockey) Athletes of the Week will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with individual sports (swimming and diving, tennis, indoor track and field) 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
North Mankato, Minn. | Mankato West
Tanner Sonnek finished his last meet in Vic Gustafson pool with wins in the 100 breaststroke (57.38) and 200 breaststroke (2:04.98), along with a first-place finish as part of the Gustavus 200-yard medley relay team (1:37.34) at the Gustie Challenge last weekend. In his final individual event ever in the pool, Sonnek swam a MIAC-best and pool-record time of 2:04.98, eclipsing the previous mark by more than two seconds.
MIAC Women's Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week
University of St. Thomas
Shoreview, Minn. | Mounds View
Erin Melody finished with the No. 6 and No. 10-ranked times in the conference in the 200 and 400 individual medleys at Saturday's UST Invite. The senior swimmer took first place by 22 seconds to win the 400 IM in 4:45.32 and won the 200 IM in 2:15.96. Melody also placed third in the 200-yard backstroke with a season-best time of 2:15.58.
MIAC Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week
Gustavus Adolphus College
Golden Valley, Minn. | Hopkins
Chase Johnson began the Gusties' dual match season with a singles victory against a Division I opponent. Playing at No. 2 singles, Johnson dropped the first set, 6-1, before fighting back to win consecutive breakers 7-6, 7-6 against North Dakota. Johnson and doubles partner Patrick Whaling lost a close 7-5 score at the No. 1 spot.
MIAC Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week
College of Saint Benedict
Fargo, N.D. | Shanley
Karsen Aune went undefeated in her collegiate debut to help CSB pick up a big win over Division II Winona State to start the season. She and teammate Mackenzie Schurhamer won a tight 7-6 match at No. 3 doubles and Aune picked up one of the key singles wins for CSB at No. 6 against the Warriors, winning 6-2 and 11-9.
MIAC Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week
Cal Wright broke the Concordia program record in the 300 meters and ran the fastest time in the MIAC this season in the 200 meters at the NDSU Bison Open last weekend. Wright became the first Cobber athlete to break the 36-second mark in the 300 meters (35.41) and then clocked the second-fastest time in school history in the 200 meters (22.60).
MIAC Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week
Matt Bye posted the MIAC's top total in the heptathlon this season when he scored 4,677 points over two days at the Bison Open last weekend. Bye's score is the best in the MIAC by 268 points. It is also the 11th-best in Division III this year and the third-highest total in school history.
MIAC Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week
Prairie Village, Kan. | Shawnee Mission East
Phoebe Aguiar won the 800 meters at the Hamster Invitational on Friday, posting the nation's fastest time of the season. Her time of 2:11.69 broke the school and fieldhouse records by nearly five seconds and is .60 off the all-time MIAC record, set by Bethel's Marie Borner in 2010. Aguiar also anchored the Scots' 4x400-meter relay team to a first-place finish in 4:11.63.
MIAC Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week
Cayle Hovland recorded a top-15 mark in Division III in the shot put at the Bison Open, finishing 10th in the event where the top nine student-athletes were all from Division I North Dakota State. Hovland's distance of 43-06.00 is the second best in the MIAC this year and fifth-farthest in program history.