MIAC Athletes of the Week – Jan. 23, 2018

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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 and indoor track and field on Tuesday. Student-athletes from Bethel, Carleton, Hamline, St. Catherine and St. Thomas claimed the Conference's weekly honors for Jan. 16-23, 2018.

The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated and selected by the Conference's sports information directors. 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 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
Jack Dalluge
Carleton College
Waverly, Minn. | Watertown-Mayer

Jack Dalluge posted a trio of season bests last week, winning a pair of individual events and placing second in another, in addition to scoring a relay victory as Carleton topped Saint John's in a dual meet. Dalluge touched the wall in 1:45.27 for a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle and won the 100-yard freestyle with a career-best time of 49.24 before finishing second in the 500-yard freestyle at 5:05.38. The sophomore swimmer concluded the meet by anchoring the Knights' victorious 200-yard freestyle relay, which finished in 1:29.14.

MIAC Women's Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week
Franceska Hernandez-Nietling
St. Catherine University

Kansas City, Mo. | Bishop Miege

Hernandez-Nietling led St. Kate's to its best finish at the Grinnell Invite in program history last week thanks to career-best first-place times in the 100 (1:03.27) and 400 (4:50.74) individual medleys, as well as a victory in the 200 individual medley (2:16.16). The first-year swimmer also took second in the 100 breaststroke and fifth in the 400 medley relay to help the Wildcats secure second-place overall at the meet.

MIAC Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week
Karl Olsen
Bethel University
Bloomington, Minn. | Bloomington Jefferson

Karl Olsen claimed victory in the 200-meter with a time of 22.16 – the third-best time nationwide this season and just 0.06 seconds off his own school record – at the Vanessa Seljeskog Classic last weekend. Olsen was also part of the 4x400-meter relay team that crossed the finish line in 3:25.86, good for another first-place for the Royals, who claimed the team title with 170 points on the day.

MIAC Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week
Eric Holst
University of St. Thomas
Lanesboro, Minn.

Eric Holst heaved a 61-4 ¾ weight throw on Friday, marking the second-longest throw on the national performance list this winter. The throw was nearly two feet farther than his best from last weekend, and represents the second-best throw in school history.

MIAC Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week
Delia Labatt
Bethel University

Cushing, Wis.

Delia Labatt won the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.96, which puts her sixth on the Division III national honor roll. She also helped Bethel's 4x400-meter relay team win at the Vanessa Seljeskog Classic with a time of 4:10.07.

MIAC Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week
Kiana Verdugo
Hamline University

Sahaurita, Ariz.

Kiana Verdugo claimed first place in the weight throw at the St. Olaf Invite with a distance of 48-7 ¼, nearly 10 feet farther than the next nearest competitor and representing the second-best throw in the MIAC this season. The senior thrower also placed third in the shot put with a distance of 35-09 ½.