Jan. 17 C-USA Swimmer and Diver of the Week

Go C-USA! Denisa Smolenova, SMU
Denisa Smolenova, SMU

Jan. 17, 2012

SMU senior swimmer Denisa Smolenova posted two of the nation's best times in the 100- and 200-meter butterfly events at the Austin Grand Prix. She clocked a 2:11.68 (1:56.01, converted) in the 200 fly and a 1:00.43 (53.00, converted) in the 100 fly, and has been named Conference USA Swimmer of the Week. East Carolina senior diver Katie Yamamoto has been named Diver of the Week after a pair of first-place showings during the Pirates' dual meet with Old Dominion.

C-USA Swimmer of the Week - Denisa Smolenova, SMU, Sr., Bratislava, Slovakia

Smolenova had one of her strongest performances of the season as she earned two top-eight finishes on the long course at the Austin Grand Prix over the weekend. Smolenova came in fifth in the 200-meter butterfly, clocking in at 2:11.68 (1:56.01, converted). The butterfly specialist placed seventh in the 100-meter event, touching the wall with a time of 1:00.43 (53.00, converted). The converted time are both in the top 15 on the national list. This is Smolenova's first Swimmer of the Week honor in her career.

C-USA Diver of the Week - Katie Yamamoto, East Carolina, Sr., Paris, Ontario

Yamamoto earned a first-place finish on the one (267.37) and three-meter board (271.43) in the dual meet victory over Old Dominion. The award is Yamamoto's second C-USA Diver of the Week honor in her career and first of the season. 

2011-12 C-USA Swimmers of the Week

  • O18      Nina Rangelova, SMU
  • O25      Therese Svendsen, SMU
  • N1        Kayla Alf-Huynh, Tulane
  • N8        Chelsea Fong, Rice
  • N16      Natalia Favoreto, East Carolina
  • N22      Therese Svendsen, SMU
  • D6        Nina Rangelova, SMU
  • D20      Genny Konicke, SMU
  • J10       Chelsea Fong, Rice
  • J17       Denisa Smolenova, SMU

2011-12 C-USA Divers of the Week

  • O18      Julia Lonnegren, Houston
  • N1        Lauren Rone, Marshall
  • N16      Meghan Coyne, East Carolina
  • N22      Julia Lonnegren, Houston
  • D6        Julia Lonnegren, Houston
  • J10       Natasha Burgess, Houston
  • J17       Katie Yamamoto, East Carolina



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