ELMHURST, Ill. – South Dakota State's Blake Yeager and Andrea Budahl were named The Summit League's Swimmers of the Week for their performances Feb. 4-10, marking the final awards of the season.
MEN'S SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
Blake Yeager, South Dakota State
Jr. // Crown Point, Ind.
Yeager earns his first career Swimmer of the Week award after a pair of top-10 finishes at the Minnesota Challenge. The junior clocked a 1,650 free time of 16:19.80 to take third and finish the regular season ranked 10th in the league. He also finished eighth in the 200 free (1:44.85).
Previous honorees: 10/15 – Chris Neaveill, Western Illinois; 10/22 – Ian Ford, South Dakota; 10/29 – Dylan Bunch, Denver; 11/5 – Wil Hogue, South Dakota State; 11/12 – Tony Carroll, IUPUI; 11/19 – Jacob Knowles, South Dakota; 11/26 – Tony Carroll, IUPUI; 12/10 – Dylan Bunch, Denver; 12/17 – No award given; 1/14 – Colin Krysl, South Dakota; 1/21 – Tanner Krall, Denver; 1/28 – Dylan Bunch, Denver; 2/4 – Kyle Milberg, Denver.
WOMEN'S SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
Andrea Budahl, South Dakota State
Sr. // Mitchell, S.D.
Budahl captures the third weekly honor of her career and second this season after a trio of top-four finishes, including an event win, at the Minnesota Challenge. The senior won the 500 free touching the wall at 5:07.01. She also claimed a runner-up finish in the 200 fly (2:07.63), clocking the second-fastest league time of the season and took fourth in the 200 free (1:54.65).
Also nominated: Charlotte Yaw, South Dakota.
Previous honorees: 10/15 – Natalie Renshaw, Omaha & Andrea Budahl, South Dakota State; 10/22 – Bridgette McNally, Denver; 10/29 – Bridgette McNally, Denver; 11/5 – Johanna Roas, Denver; 11/12 – Lexi Laird, IUPUI; 11/19 – Sam Schuttinger, South Dakota; 11/26 – Lexi Laird, IUPUI; 12/10 – Samantha Corea, Denver; 12/17 – Morgan Stepp, Omaha; 1/14 – Margaret Barber, IUPUI; 1/21 – Amanda Sanders, Denver; 1/28 – Johanna Roas, Denver; 2/4 – Samantha Corea, Denver.
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State 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 eight NCAA Champions, 62 All-Americans and 50 Academic All-America selections.