Four Big 12 teams took home individual awards this week, as TCU and WVU shared the men’s awards and four different teams shared the women’s awards.
On the men’s side, TCU had three recipients with Geremia Freri (Swimmer), David Ekdahl (Swimmer) and Max Burman (Co-Novice), while West Virginia’s Max Nielsen (Co-Novice) also earned recognition. Iowa State’s Lucia Rizzo and West Virginia’s Miranda Kirtley shared Women’s Swimmer of the Week, while Mia Cheatwood (WVU) won Newcomer of the Week and Bridget O’Neil (Texas) won Diver of the week
Freri earned his first award of the season and the third Swimmer of the Week award of his career. He broke two school records in his last meet. The sophomore first set the record in the 200 fly with a time of 1:45.88 and finished fifth. He followed with a second-place finish in the 1650 free before breaking the school record in the 200 IM (1:46.70). Freri finished the Art Adamson Invitational with four top-five finishes.
Rizzo got the Cyclones’ first win of the weekend at the Kansas Classic in the 200 IM (2:01.93). The redshirt senior helped guide the Cyclones to another victory in the 800 free relay (7:22.62) and finished third in the 200m with a time of 2:03.89. The Woodbury, Minn., native helped Iowa State to a first-place finish with the team’s most individual points.
Kirtley swam career bests in the 1650 and 500 free events. The sophomore posted the sixth fastest time in school history in the 1650 free (16:36.89) and a second place before posting a top-10 time in program history in the 500 free (4:51.08). Kirtley finished the day with first, second and third place finishes.
Ekdahl led the Horned Frogs to a win at the SMU Invite with a victory in the 1-meter dash. The sophomore won by 40 points with a final score of 370.80. She concluded her events with a fourth-place finish in the 3-meter, scoring her second NCAA Zone D1 cut (322.00).
O’Neil opened the UT Diving Invitational with the best score in the preliminaries on his way to winning the 1-meter with his score of 316.70 points. He later added a fourth place finish in 3 meters with a total of 342.55 points.
Burman collected his first career Big 12 weekly award when he won the 3 meters (371.45) at the SMU Invitational with a margin of victory of 45.1. She earned zone cuts in both events as she finished with a score of 269.10 on the 1-meter, good for eighth.
Nielsen concluded the WVU Invite with four top-3 finishes, including two wins. His freshman year he captured a victory in the 500 free with a career-best time of 4:27.99. He followed that up with a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle (1:38.28) before setting another career best in the 100 freestyle with a time of 44.64. He then helped the Mountaineers’ 400 free relay to the fourth-fastest time in program history (2:54.67).
Cheatwood had five first-place finishes that included two individual wins and three relay wins. The freshman set a program record in the 100 breast with a time of (1:00.56) while posting a career best in the 200 breast (2:12.01). The Bowling Green, Ohio, native swam the 400 free, 200 free and 200 medley relays that each posted one of the four fastest times in program history.
A complete list of the season’s Big 12 Swimming and Diving Weekly Award winners can be found here.
Male Swimmer of the Week
Geremia Freri, TCU, So.
Men’s Newcomer of the Week
Max Burman, TCU, Gr.
Max Nielsen, West Virginia, Fr.
Male Diver of the Week
David Ekdahl, TCU, So.
Female Swimmer of the Week
Lucia Rizzo, Iowa State, Sr.
Miranda Kirtley, West Virginia, So.
Female newcomer of the week
Mia Cheatwood, West Virginia, Fr.
Female diver of the week
Bridget O’Neil, Texas, Jr.