BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners for swimming and diving and indoor track and field on Tuesday. Student-athletes from Gustavus, St. Catherine, and St. Olaf claimed the conference's weekly honors for Dec. 3-9, 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, 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 2019-20 Athlete of the Week home page, navigate to the MIAC's Awards page or visit the 2019-20 Athlete of the Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections and winners.
Andrew Becker competed in nine events to help Gustavus win the two-day Grinnell Pioneer Classic over the weekend. Becker was a member of two meet-record-setting relay teams, winning the 200 freestyle relay in 1:25.43 and the 400 freestyle relay in 3:11.02. He was also a part of the third-place 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams. Individually, Becker won the 50 freestyle in 21.58 and the 100 free in 47.44. He also took fourth in the 100 IM and ninth in the 100 breaststroke.
MIAC Women's Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week
St. Catherine University
Corcoran, Minn. | Delano
Jordyn Wentzel earned six first-place titles with four individual victories and two relay wins at the Rochester Invitational last weekend. Wentzel set a new MIAC and school record in the 200-yard butterfly claiming the top-time in the event and Division III at 2:01.82, which qualifies as an NCAA "B" cut time. She also placed first in the 100 butterfly (55.78), 100 IM (56.76), and 200 IM (2:02.19), and was part of the two relay teams that set program records in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:35.94) and the 200-yard medley relay (1:45.97).
Taylor Rooney started the season with a bang, posting the 22nd-fastest 60-meter hurdles time in NCAA Division III history at the Chuck Petersen Open. Rooney's time of 8.03 set a new Gustavus program record. It is the top time in D-III this season and the second-fastest time ever in the month of December.
Steven Orzolek opened the indoor track and field season with a first-place finish in the shot put for Gustavus at the Chuck Petersen Open. His toss of 15.51 meters is a personal best, leads the MIAC, and ranks eighth in NCAA Division III this year.
Tierney Winter set a new Gustavus record with a time of 5:06.10 to win the mile race at last weekend's Chuck Petersen Open. Fresh off an All-America finish in cross country, Winter clocked the best mile time in Division III to begin the indoor track and field season.
Ellie Pahl got her collegiate career off to a great start by posting a 12.59-meter throw in the shot put at the Chuck Petersen Open. Pahl's distance leads the MIAC and ranks 15th in the nation. Her throw ranks third-longest in St. Olaf program history.