Penn State and Iowa Garner Weekly Swimming and Diving Laurels

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)