Illinois, Michigan State and Ohio State Claim Women’s Swimming and Diving Accolades

Oct. 28, 2015

Co-Swimmers of the Week
Samantha Stratford, Illinois
So. – Cambridge, Ontario – Centennial CVI
• Recorded first-place finishes in all of her individual events and added a third-place tally in a relay in Illinois’ dual meet win over Michigan State
• Finished first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.94), 200-yard breaststroke (2:18.48) and 200-yard individual medley (2:03.82)
• Contributed to a third-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:32.52)
• Earns her first career Big Ten Swimmer of the Week award
• Last Illinois Swimmer of the Week: Marissa Clapp (Oct. 24, 2006)

Lindsey Clary, Ohio State
Jr. – Riverside, Calif. – Riverside Polytechnic
• Finished first in all of her individual events in Ohio State’s win over Ohio University
• Recorded first-place finishes in the 1000-yard freestyle (9:54.96), 500-yard freestyle (4:53.88) and 200-yard individual medley (2:04.08)
• The 2014-15 Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns her first career Big Ten Swimmer of the Week award
• Last Ohio State Swimmer of the Week: Alex Norris (Jan. 21, 2014)

Diver of the Week
Madeline Sewell, Michigan State
Jr. – Mason, Ohio – Mason
• Swept the springboard diving events in Michigan State’s dual meet against Illinois
• Scored 299.10 points in the one-meter event and 325.05 points in the three-meter competition, recording NCAA Zone qualifying scores in both events
• The 2014-15 Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns her first career Diver of the Week honor
• Last Michigan State Diver of the Week: Alison Menzies (Nov. 13, 2012)

Co-Freshmen of the Week
Megan Vuong, Illinois
Fr. – Mississauga, Ontario – Rick Hansen Secondary School
• Recorded three first-place finishes and added a second-place touch in Illinois’ win over Michigan State
• Finished first in the 200-yard butterfly (2:02.95), 100-yard freestyle (51.83) and 400-yard freestyle relay (3:27.65), and collected second in the 100-yard butterfly (55.95)
• Earns her first Freshman of the Week award
• Last Illinois Freshman of the Week: Sam Stratford (Nov. 18, 2014)

Julia Oppedisano, Michigan State
Fr. – Strongsville, Ohio – Strongsville
• Finished second in the one-meter diving event and third in the three-meter diving event against Illinois
• Score of 276.60 in one-meter diving is an NCAA Zone qualifying mark
• Earns her first Freshman of the Week award
• Last Michigan State Freshman of the Week: Elizabeth Brown (Oct. 2, 2012)

2015-16 Big Ten Women’s Swimmer/Diver of the Week
Oct. 7
S: Joanna Wu, Sr., RU
D: Yu Zhou, Jr., MINN
F: Monika Gonzalez-Hermosillo, PSU

Oct. 14
S: Samantha Harding, Sr., MINN
D: Yu Zhou, Jr., MINN
F: Rachel Munson, MINN

Oct. 21
S: Chase Kinney, Jr., WIS
D: Yu Zhou, Jr., MINN
F: Miranda Tucker, IND
F: Jess Unicomb, WIS

Oct. 28
S: Samantha Stratford, So., ILL
S: Lindsey Clary, Jr., OSU
D: Madeline Sewell, Jr., MSU
F: Megan Vuong, ILL
F: Julia Oppedisano, MSU