ELMHURST, Ill. – South Dakota State's Phil Albu and Omaha's Maddie Hutt were named The Summit League's Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Athletes of the Week, for their performances Jan. 29-Feb. 4.
MEN'S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Phil Albu, South Dakota State
Jr. // Charlie Lake, British Columbia
Albu earns his first career Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week honor after helping the Jackrabbits finish undefeated (7-0) in dual meets this season. In a 130-75 win over Iowa Central, he won the 50 back (24.66) and was a part of the winning 200 medley relay squad (1:36.65). He then won the 100 back (52.45), 200 back (1:54.53) and 400 medley relay (3:31.24) to help SDSU defeat North Dakota, 180-120.
Also nominated: Jake Roberts, Eastern Illinois; Matt Abercrombie, Western Illinois.
Previous winners: Oct. 16 – Matt Abercrombie, WIU; Oct. 23 – Rich Sunkel, IUPUI; Oct. 30 – Jorden Merriliees, OU; Nov. 6 – Wil Hogue, SDSU; Nov. 13 – Grant Harding, OU; Nov. 20 – Brad Schoreit, SDSU; Dec. 4 – Anders Jensen, OU; Dec. 11 – Kyle Ochsner, SDSU; Dec. 18 – Tyler Neaveill, WIU; Jan. 15 – Mitchell Gauger, IUPUI & Amr el Sayed, OU; Jan. 22 - Doug Ogilvie, WIU; Jan. 29 – Anders Jensen, OU.
WOMEN'S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Maddie Hutt, Omaha
Jr. // Scottsbluff, Neb.
Hutt captures her first career Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week award after two individual first-place finishes against Northern Colorado. She won the 100 breast (1:05.66) and 200 breast (2:20.13) and was a member of the second-place 200 medley relay team (1:50.51).
Also nominated: Mackenzie Anderson, Eastern Illinois; Devonne Dalin, South Dakota State; Julia Rassmussen, Western Illinois.
Previous winners: Oct. 16 – Nikki Flynn, OU; Oct. 23 – Elizabeth Bourgeois, IUPUI; Oct. 30 – Tricia Grant, OU; Nov. 6 – Karin Tomeckova, OU; Nov. 13 – Karin Tomeckova, OU; Nov. 20 – Andee Budahl, SDSU; Dec. 4 – Alyssa Busch, OU; Dec. 11 – Natalie Renshaw, UNO; Dec. 18 – Megan Popp, WIU; Jan. 15 – Tricia Grant, OU; Jan. 22 – Karin Tomeckova, OU; Jan. 29 – Vanessza Balogh, OU.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
Entering its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 144,000 at nine universities, four of which are located in top 58 U.S. metro populations (Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City and Omaha). Member institutions include: Fort Wayne (Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), Kansas City (University of Missouri-Kansas City), North Dakota State University, Oakland University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced 54 All-Americans, 37 Academic All-America selections and seven NCAA Championships. For more information about the league and its history, visit www.thesummitleague.org to "See The Summit" or follow on Twitter @thesummitleague.