Jan. 19, 2010
The conference office announced on Tuesday the 14th weekly women’s swimming and diving awards for meets from Jan. 11-17. Penn State’s Amy Modglin and Iowa’s Veronica Rydze were named Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively.
Women’s Swimmer of the Week:
Amy Modglin, Penn State
Fr. - Fort Myers, Fla. - Fort Myers
Amy Modglin posted three top individual finishes to lead Penn State to a sweep of Pittsburgh, Maryland and Villanova at the Pittsburgh Quad Meet. On the opening day of competition, Modglin led the charge with a winning NCAA-B mark of 4:18.14 in the 400 individual medley. The following day, she recorded yet another NCAA provisional time with a record-setting performance in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:57.49 – besting the previous Trees Pool standard from 1979 by over a full second. The Nittany Lion freshman also contributed a first-place finish in the 200 IM (2:04.44) to go along with a pair of top-three finishes in the 400 medley relay (3:50.09) and 100 back (56.84). This is the first weekly honor for Modglin’s career and the first Swimmer of the Week award by a Nittany Lion this season.
Last Penn State Women’s Swimmer of the Week: Karie Haglund (Jan. 27, 2009)
Women’s Diver of the Week:
Veronica Rydze, Iowa
Jr. - Iowa City, Iowa - City High School
Junior Veronica Rydze claimed top honors on both springboards to lead the Iowa Hawkeyes to a dual meet victory over Illinois. The Iowa City native earned a collegiate best score of 274.96 in the one-meter competition before capturing the top spot in the three-meter event with a score of 296.93. Both marks were good enough to qualify for NCAA consideration. This is the first weekly award for Rydze and the first by an Iowa diver in 2009-10.
Last Iowa Women’s Diver of the Week: Christine Kuczek (Dec. 16, 2009)