Patriot League announces swimmers and divers of the week (12/10/21)

BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania. – West Point’s Navy and Army shared the first round of men’s and women’s swimming and diving awards for the 2021-22 season, when the League office announced the winners on Tuesday.

Army senior Evan Zhang was named Patriot League male swimmer of the week, while his senior teammate Daniel Alaimo was named male diver of the week.

Senior Navy swimmer Sydney Harrington was named swimmer of the week and her senior teammate Hannah Montau completed the awards as diver of the week.

American sophomore Mimi Watts, sophomore year in the army Melinda Zhang, sophomore Loyola Maryland Lily Mead and junior Max Verheyen, and Navy Caleb Mauldin all received honorable mentions.

swimmer of the week
Evan Zhang, Sr., Army West Point, Flushing, NY
* Zhang took first place in the 100 breaststroke (55.48) and 200 breaststroke (2: 01.42) against Boston College last week. Both breaststroke times were installation records.
* Zhang also clocked a time of 1: 54.06 in the 200 IM and helped the team sweep the relay in the 200 IM (1: 31.37).

Sydney Harrington, Marine, Sr., Fairfax, Virginia.
* The senior clinched two first and second places and a third place against Penn State on Saturday.
* Harrington placed first in the 100 butterfly (54.60) and 200 butterfly (2: 00.82).
* The senior also helped the team take second place in the 400 freestyle relay (3: 27.96) and third place in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1: 43.19.

Daniel Alaimo, Army West Point, Sr., West Nyack, NY
* Alaimo was second in the one-meter dive with a score of 331.35 in the team’s 180-120 victory over Boston College.

Hannah Montau, Marine, Sr., Germantown, Maryland.
* Montau was first in the three-meter dive (309.08) and second in the one-meter dive (255.15) as the Navy faced Penn State.
* The senior qualified for the 2022 NCAA Zone Championship on the three-yard board as she passed the qualifying score by 27.43 points.

Honorable mentions
Mimi Watts, American, Sun, Raleigh, NC
* Watts landed four first spots in the 50 and 100 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle relays. She set a pool record in the 50 freestyle (23.70) and a personal best in the 100 freestyle (52.57).

Melinda Zhang, Army West Point, Sun., Plymouth, Minn.
* Zhang won two first places against Rutgers in the 400 IM (4: 31.81) and 500 freestyle (5: 09.98).

Lily Mead, Loyola Maryland, So., Timonium, Maryland.
* Mead swam the first round of Loyola’s winning 200 IM relay in a duel against the American. She placed second overall in the conference in the 50 freestyle (23.80) and 200 breaststroke (2: 22.95).

Max Verheyen, Loyola Maryland, So., Baltimore, Maryland.
* Verheyen won two first places against his American opponent in the Patriot League in the 100 breaststroke (56.26) and the 200 breaststroke (2: 08.65).

Caleb Mauldin, Marine, Sr., Chesapeake, Virginia.
* Mauldin clocked 48.76 in the 100 backstroke and second in the 200 backstroke (1: 51.29) against Penn State on Saturday.

The Patriot League is in its fourth decade of academic and athletic success, continuously demonstrating that student-athletes can excel in both academics and athletics without sacrificing high standards. The sporting success of the Patriot League is achieved while its member institutions remain committed to its founding principle of admitting and developing student-athletes who are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics in the institutions of the Patriot League is considered an important part of a well-rounded education.

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