Wisconsin and Illinois Claim First Swimming and Diving Honors of 2009-10

Oct. 13, 2009

The conference office announced on Tuesday the first weekly women's swimming and diving award winners for the 2009-10 season.  Wisconsin's Maggie Meyer was voted Swimmer of the Week, and Lauren Wismer broke Illinois' all-time one-meter diving record to nab the weekly diver laurel.

Women's Swimmer of the Week:
Maggie Meyer, Wisconsin
Jr. - North Oaks, Minn. - White Bear Lake

Wisconsin's Maggie Meyer opened the 2009-10 season with three event titles last Friday to propel the Badgers over in-state rival Milwaukee. A member of the U.S. national team, Meyer clocked an NCAA championships qualifying mark of 55.60 to win the 100 backstroke and then claimed the 200 individual medley in 2:08.72. The North Oaks, Minn., native also led off the Badgers' winning entry in the 200 medley relay, clocking a 25.90 split for her 50-yard backstroke leg. This marks the second weekly swimming honor for Meyer's collegiate career.

Last Wisconsin Women's Swimmer of the Week: Maggie Meyer (Feb. 5, 2009)

Women's Diver of the Week:
Lauren Wismer, Illinois
Fr. - Overland Park, Kan. - Blue Valley

In her collegiate debut, Lauren Wismer stamped her name in Illinois diving lore, setting a new school record in the one-meter dive with a score of 290.47. Her record-breaking performance was one of two first-place finishes for the Overland Park, Kan., native, who also claimed top honors in the three-meter dive with a mark of 282.38 - good enough to rank sixth all-time in the event. Wismer's achievements piloted the Fighting Ilini swimming and diving team to a 165-135 victory over host Nebraska as the Orange and Blue captured 11 of 16 event titles on Saturday. With one weekly honor to her name, the Illini freshman brings home the first diving laurel since Jessica Ohr accomplished the feat in January, 1999.

Last Illinois Women's Diver of the Week: Jessica Ohr (Jan. 27, 1999)