The Summit League Announces the Third Swimming and Diving Weekly Awards

The Summit League Announces the Third Swimming and Diving Weekly Awards

By: Kelly Shipp

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Week three of the swimming and diving season is in the books. Western Illinois swept the men's awards this week as Brennan Bladel earned his second consecutive swimmer of the week honor whole his teammate Colin Parker earned his first career diving honor. On the women's side we had two student-athletes earn their first awards of the season as Denver's Lauren Moden was named swimmer of the week and South Dakota's Haley Pederson was named diver of the week.

Female Swimmer of the Week

Lauren Moden, Denver

Sr. | Parker, Colo.

• Won six events at Denver's Dual-A-Pool-Ooza while also winning two events against Tulane the following day

• 50-yard freestyle 23.99; 400-yard medley 3:45.73; 100-yard freestyle vs FIU, 42.96; 100-yard freestyle vs Rice, 52.32; 200-yard medley relay 23.09 (1:43.54); 200-yard freestyle 23.33 (1:34.49)

• This is her second career swimmer of the week honor


Also nominated: Erica Hagen, Western Illinois; Katie Coleman, South Dakota; Rachel Morrow, Omaha


Female Diver of the Week

Haley Pederson, South Dakota

So. | West Fargo, N.D.

• Won the 3-meter dive with a score of 299.85

• Her 3-meter score was an NCAA Zone Diving qualifying mark as well as the second best point total in school history

• Finished fourth in the 1-meter dive with a score of 227.33

• This is her first career diving weekly honor


Also nominated: Samantha Kessinger, Western Illinois; Zora Opalka, Denver


Male Swimmer of the Week

Brennan Bladel, Western Illinois

Jr. | Davenport, Iowa

•  Won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 52.21

• Earned a second-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 20.80 (1:35.23). His time was a personal best in the event

• Placed third in the 200-yard IM with a time of 1:56.91 while earning fourth in the 400-yard freestyle with a time of 3:14.71


Also nominated: N/A


Male Diver of the Week

Colin Parker, Diving

Jr. | Maryland Heights, Mo.

• Finished fourth in the 3-meter dive with a score of 213.98

• Placed fifth in the 1-meter dive with a score of 250.28

• This is his first career diving weekly honor


Also nominated: N/A



2018-19 The Summit League Swimmers and Divers of the Week


Male Swimmer

Female Swimmer

Male Diver

Female Diver

Oct. 9

Scott House


Sabrina Sabadeanu USD


Annika Clinton Omaha

Oct. 16

Brennan Bladel


Heidi Bradley


Hudson Wilkerson


Zora Opalka


Oct. 23

Brennan Bladel


Lauren Moden


Colin Parker


Haley Pederson



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Through 36 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 115,000 at nine institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Purdue Fort Wayne (Purdue University Fort Wayne), the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, 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 12 NCAA Champions along with over 100 Academic All-Americans, and nearly 125 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level.