Patriot League Announces Swimmers and Divers of the Week (1.18.22)

BETHLEHEM, Dad. — Army West Point takes home the weekly awards for both men’s and women’s swimming and diving when the League office announced the winners on Tuesday.

Leger West Point freshman Evan Yoo earned the Patriot League Male Swimmer of the Week for the first time this season, while senior Daniel Alaimo was named Male Diver of the Week for the fifth time this season.

Leger West Point freshman Meghan Cole was named Female Swimmer of the Week, while teammate freshman Minh Donnell was named Female Diver of the Week. Both Cole and Donnell earned their first weekly award this season.

U.S. sophomore Mimi Watts, Boston University senior Emily Balicanta and senior Sezin Eligul, Bucknell senior Liam Pitt and senior Maddie Hartigan, and Loyola Maryland junior Max Verheyen earned commendations.

Evan Yoo, Army West Point, Fr., Redondo Beach, California.
*Yoo played a pivotal role in the Black Knights’ 206-92 victory over Bucknell, finishing twice in first place.
*The newcomer won the 200 breaststroke (1:59.36) and 400 individual medley (3:57.53). His time in the 200 chest was less than a second off the NCAA ‘B’ cut standard.

Meghan Cole, Army West Point, Fr., Frederick, Md.
*Cole contributed to three Army West Point event wins against Bucknell on Saturday.
*She took first place twice in the 50 free (23.80) and 100 flies (56.59).

Daniel Alaimo, Army West Point, Sr., West Nyack, NY
*Alaimo won first place in the 1m (322.05) and 3m (326.25) dives against Bucknell.
*The senior’s score on both dives qualified him for the NCAA Zone Diving Championship.

Minh Donnell, Leger West Point, Fr., Annandale, Va.
*Donnell took first place in the 1m (265.65) and 3m (267.90) dives against Bucknell.
*Her score in the 1-meter dive qualified her for the NCAA Zone Diving Championship.

Honorable Mentions
Mimi Watts, American, So., Raleigh, NC
*Watts took four wins in a double vs. VMI, including the 100 free (53.21), which she won by four seconds, and the 200 butterfly (2:03.73) by nearly 13 seconds over second place.

Emily Balicanta, Boston University, Sr., Pleasanton, California.
*Balicanta took first place in the 1-meter (257.48) and 3-meter (264.98) dive in a 243-49 win over Patriot League opponent Colgate.

Sezin Eligul, Boston University, Sr., Istanbul, Turkey
*Eligul took four first-place finishes against Colgate, including three individually in the 50 Free (24.02), 100 Free (52.25) and 200 IM (2:10.09).

Liam Pitt, Bucknell, Sr., West Chester, Pennsylvania.
*Pitt took the Bison’s lone victory against Army West Point in the 100 butterfly with a winning time of 49.25. In a meeting with Loyola Maryland, Pitt contributed to three event wins in the 100-fly, 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.

Maddie Hartigan, Bucknell, Sr., Pelham Manor, NY
*Hartigan had a total of seven event wins in duals against Loyola Maryland and Army West Point in the 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free, 500 Free and 400 Freestyle relay.

Max Verheyen, Loyola Maryland, Jr., Baltimore, Md.
*Verheyen won two individual races for the Greyhounds against Patriot League opponent Bucknell in the 100 breaststroke (57.07) and 200 breaststroke (2:07.62).

Past winners
male swimmer
10.12 – Evan Zhang, Army West Point
10.19 – Jonah Harm, navy
10.26 – Jackson Schultz, navy
11.2 – Evan Zhang, Army Westpunt
11.9 – Jonah Harm, navy
11.23 – Evan Zhang, Army West Point
12.7 – Max Verheyen, Loyola Maryland

female swimmer
10.12 – Sydney Harrington, navy
10.19 – Sydney Harrington, navy
10.26 – Sydney Harrington, navy
11.2 – Lily Mead, Loyola Maryland
11.9 – Sydney Harrington, Navy
11.23 – Sydney Harrington, navy
12.7 – Lily Mead, Loyola Maryland

male diver
10.12 – Daniel Alaimo, Army West Point
10.19 – George Moore, navy
10.26 – Daniel Alaimo, Army West Point
11.2 – Daniel Alaimo, Army West Point
11.9 – Blakeman Shaw, navy blue
11.23 – Daniel Alaimo, Army West Point
12.7 – Lyde de Hooghe, Boston University

female diver
10.12 – Hannah Montau, navy
10.19 – Hannah Montau, navy
10.26 – Hannah Montau, navy
11.2 – Emily Balicanta, Boston University
11.9 – Hannah Montau, Navy
11.23 – Hannah Montau, navy
12.7 – Emily Balicanta, Boston University

Entering its fourth decade of academic and athletic achievement, the Patriot League continues to demonstrate that student athletes can excel in both academics and athletics without sacrificing high standards. The Patriot League’s athletic success is achieved as its member institutions remain committed to the tenet of admitting and graduating student-athletes who are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics at Patriot League institutions is seen as an important part of a well-rounded education.

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