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 Carleton, Gustavus and Hamline claimed the Conference's weekly honors for Jan. 24-29, 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
Vancouver, Wash. | Union
Andrew Chang won three individual events as Carleton defeated St. Olaf, 145-138, last Saturday for the Knights' first dual meet victory over their crosstown rivals in at least 25 years. Chang was first to the wall in the 100-yard butterfly (52.62), 200-yard butterfly (1:58.90) and 200-yard individual medley (2:02.42), with his 200-fly time representing a new personal best.
MIAC Women's Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week
Gustavus Adolphus College
Hastings, Minn. | Minnesota Virtual Academy
Kate Reilly helped the Gusties to a 205-97 dual meet victory over Saint Benedict last Saturday, winning all four events she competed in at the meet. Reilly finished first in the 100-yard freestyle (54.76), 100-yard butterfly (1:00.52), 200-yard medley relay (1:51.07) and 400-yard freestyle relay (3:41.69). She now ranks second on the MIAC performance list in the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard freestyle relay, third in the 400-yard freestyle relay and fifth in the 100-yard freestyle.
MIAC Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week
Donson Cook-Gallardo turned in the fastest times by a MIAC competitor this season in both the mile (4:14.29) and 800-meter (1:55.88) runs while competing at the MSU Open last weekend. Cook-Gallardo – who finished first in the mile and second in the 800-meter – also ran on Carleton's victorious 4x400 relay (3:25.77) at the meet. His times in the mile and 800-meter runs rank fourth and 11th, respectively, on the NCAA Division III performance list this season.
MIAC Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week
Gustavus Adolphus College
North Branch, Minn.
Michael Hensch registered his second consecutive first-place finish in the shot put with a throw of 49-11 ¾ last weekend at the St. Olaf Quadrangular. The Gustavus junior also placed third in the weight throw at the meet with a distance of 52-10.
MIAC Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week
Meg Mathison was the top Division III finisher in a pair of events at the MSU Open, taking second in the 3000-meter run on Friday with a time of 10:10.04 and placing fourth out of 41 racers in the mile run at 5:06.83 on Saturday. Both times represent the fastest finishes by a MIAC competitor this season, and rank 14th and 18th, respectively, in NCAA Division III this year.
MIAC Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week
Eau Claire, Wis. | Regis
Danielle Zwiefelhofer set a new school record in the long jump with a distance of 17-8, surpassing the previous mark by two inches, at the MSU Open last weekend. Her leap represents the longest by any MIAC competitor this season.