ELMHURST, Ill. – South Dakota's Katie Coleman snagged her first Women's Swimmer of the Week award, while teammate Mark Vanderzee also earned his first Men's Swimmer of the Week honor. Both swam season-bests at the Coyote Invite and entered the Coyote Top 10 list in their respective events. These are the final awards for the 2017-18 season.
WOMEN'S SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
KATIE COLEMAN, SOUTH DAKOTA
So. // Lac La Biche, Alberta
- Named Summit League Swimmer of the Week for the first time in her career
- Swam season-best times in the 50 free, 100 back and 100 free
- Finished fourth out of 74 competitors in the 50 free (24.26) at the Coyote Invite
- Placed second out of 51 in the 100 free (52.83)
- Her finish in the 50 free places her 10th in school history
Also nominated: Olivia McLain, Omaha; Kristin Erf, South Dakota State; Casey Roberts, Western Illinois
Previous recipients: Oct. 10 – Sabrina Sabadeanu, South Dakota; Oct. 17 – Heidi Bradley, Denver; Oct. 24 – Morgan McCormick, Denver; Oct. 31 – Maddie Myers, Denver; Nov. 7 – Morgan Holt, South Dakota; Nov. 14 – Sabrina Sabadeanu, South Dakota; Nov. 21 – Erica Hagen, Western Illinois; Dec. 5 – Bailey Andison, Denver; Dec. 21 – Andi Johnston, Denver; Jan. 9 – Charlie Mechling, South Dakota; Jan. 16 – Lauren Moden, Denver; Jan. 23 – Maddie Myers, Denver; Jan. 30 – Morgan Wice-Roslin, Denver; Feb. 6 – Katie Coleman, South Dakota
MEN'S SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
MARK VANDERZEE, SOUTH DAKOTA
Fr. // Brookings, S.D.
- Collected his first career Swimmer of the Week award
- Swam season-best times in the 500 free, 200 fly and 400 IM
- Touched first in the 500 free (4:40.79), 200 fly (1:55.77) and 400 IM (4:13.33)
- Time in the 200 fly ranks eighth in school history
Also nominated: Dan Jacobson, South Dakota State; Brennan Bladel, Western Illinois
Previous recipients: Oct. 10 – Dylan Kirar, Valparaiso; Oct. 17 – Sid Farber, Denver; Oct. 24 – Stephen Calkins, Denver; Oct. 31 – Colin Gilbert, Denver; Nov. 7 – Hunter Padgett, South Dakota; Nov. 14 – Hunter Padgett, South Dakota; Nov. 21 – Matt Jacobs, Eastern Illinois; Dec. 5 – Sid Farber, Denver; Dec. 21 – Adriel Sanes, Denver; Jan. 9 – Steve Wascom, South Dakota; Jan. 16 – Anton Loncar, Denver; Jan. 23 – Sid Farber, Denver; Jan. 30 – Cy Jager, Denver; Feb. 6 – Mark Vanderzee, South Dakota
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.