Four Hoosiers Earn Big Ten Honors
Jan. 24, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Divers Zac Nees and Amy Cozad, along with swimmers Steve Schmuhl and Allysa Vavra have been honored by the Big Ten office for their performances in the Hoosiers' sweep of Purdue last weekend.
Nees is the Big Ten Diver of the Week, Schmuhl is the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, Vavra is the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week, and Cozad was named co-Big Ten Diver of the Week.
Nees won the 1-meter springboard event on Saturday, setting a new collegiate pool record with 420.90 points. That is also the second-highest score in school history and a school dual meet record. Nees also competed in the platform competition, finishing third with 345.45 points. It is his second Big Ten honor this year.
Schmuhl earned freshman honors after a solid effort in the pool. He won the 200 butterfly race in 1:47.73, which is a new personal best and an NCAA B cut. He also swam on IU's victorious 400 medley relay (3:16.77-NCAA B cut) and took second in the 100 fly (49.91) and fourth in the 200 backstroke (1:49.98). It is the second time this year Schmuhl has been named freshman of the week.
Vavra is the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week for the second time this season after posting victories in all of her individual races against Purdue. Vavra took first in the 1,000 freestyle (9:51.23), a time that ranks in the top 20 nationally. Her win in the 200 breaststroke came with an NCAA provisional time of 2:15.67. Vavra then added a win in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:03.84.
Cozad shared the women's diver of the week honor after a first-place finish on the platform against Purdue. Her score of 354.53 is a season best and the fifth-highest tally in school history, as well as a new school dual meet record.
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