Indiana and Michigan Earn Weekly Men’s Swimming and Diving Plaudits

Feb. 1, 2017

Swimmer of the Week
Blake Pieroni, Indiana
Jr. - Valparaiso, Ind. - Chesterton

  • Collected four top-two finishes to lift Indiana over Louisville
  • Touched first in the 100-yard freestyle (43.18) and the 200-yard freestyle (1:35.28), before taking second in the 50-yard freestyle (19.76)
  • Contributed to a first-place mark in the 400-yard freestyle relay (2:56.11)
  • Recorded NCAA B-cut qualifying times in all three of his individual events
  • Earns his sixth career Swimmer of the Week honor 
  • Last Indiana Swimmer of the Week: Vini Lanza (Dec. 7, 2016)

Diver of the Week
Michael Hixon, Indiana
Jr. - Amherst, Mass. - Amherst Regional

  • Swept the diving events in Indiana’s dual meet against Louisville, scoring 447.98 in the one-meter event and 464.56 in the three-meter event 
  • Recorded NCAA Zone qualifying marks in both events
  • Earns his seventh Diver of the Week award 
  • Last Indiana Diver of the Week: Michael Hixon (Jan. 18, 2017)

Freshman of the Week
Felix Auböck, Michigan
Vienna, Austria - SLZB [Berlin]

  • Recorded a pair of first-place finishes to help Michigan defeat Ohio State in dual-meet action
  • Touched first in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events with times of 1:36.85 and 4:24.14, respectively
  • Recorded NCAA B-cut qualifying times in both of his individual events
  • Earns his first career Freshman of the Week honor 
  • Last Michigan Freshman of the Week: Jacob Montague (Jan. 4, 2017)

2016-17 Big Ten Men’s Swimmer/Diver of the Week
Oct. 5
S: Jack Smith, So., IOWA
D: Brandis Heffner, Sr., IOWA
F: Scott Piper, MSU

Oct. 12
S: Shane Ryan, Sr., PSU
D: Hector Garcia Boissier, So., PSU
F: Jacob Montague, MICH

Oct. 19
S: Shane Ryan, Sr., PSU
D: Matt Barnard, Sr., MINN
F: Justin Temprano, WIS

Oct. 26
S: Blake Pieroni, Jr., IND
D: Steele Johnson, So., PUR
F: Kevin Pomeroy, WIS

Nov. 2
S: Marat Amaltdinov, Jr., PUR
D: Steele Johnson, So., PUR
F: Nick McDowell, PUR

Nov. 9
S: Shane Ryan, Sr., PSU
D: Michael Hixon, Jr., IND
D: Steele Johnson, So., PUR
F: Jacob Montague, MICH

Nov. 16
S: Blake Pieroni, Jr., IND
D: James Connor, Jr., IND
D: Colin Zeng, So., OSU
F: Charlie Swanson, MICH

Nov. 23
S: Shane Ryan, Sr., PSU
D: Steele Johnson, So., PUR
F: Kaelan Freund, PSU

Dec. 7
S: Vini Lanza, So., IND
D: Matt Barnard, Sr., MINN
F: Cooper Hodge, WIS

Dec. 23
D: Steele Johnson, So., PUR
F: Brandon Loschiavo, PUR

Jan. 4
S: Vinny Tafuto, Sr., MICH
F: Jacob Montague, MICH

Jan. 18
S: Shane Ryan, Sr., PSU
D: Michael Hixon, Jr., IND
F: Kaelan Freund, PSU

Jan. 25
S: Shane Ryan, Sr., PSU
D: Steele Johnson, So., PUR
F: Kaelan Freund, PSU

Feb. 1
S: Blake Pieroni, Jr., IND
D: Michael Hixon, Jr., IND
F: Felix Auböck, MICH