Pac-10 Women's Swimming Awards Announced
April 12, 2006
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -
ARIZONA's Whitney Myers and head coach Frank Busch were named the Pacific-10 Conference 2005-06 Women's Swimmer and Coach of the Year, respectively, while USC's Rebecca Soni was named Newcomer of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Myers, a junior from Oxford, Ohio, won the 400-yard individual medley at the 2006 Pac-10 Championships, touching in 4:14.18. At the NCAA Championships, Myers won both the 200 and 400 IM events, and was a member of Arizona's 400-yard freestyle relay team that finished in 3:12.77, setting U.S. Open, NCAA, pool and school records at the meet. The junior also contributed to Arizona's win in the 400-yard medley relay that finished in 3:31.70. Myers was a finalist for the 2005-06 Swimming and Diving Honda Sports Award to determine the top woman collegiate athlete in the sport.
Soni, a freshman from Plainsboro, N.J., was named Swimmer of the Meet at the 2006 Pac-10 Championships, after swimming the fastest 200-yard breaststroke in the country this season (2:08.16). Soni earned two Pac-10 individual titles in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststrokes and finished third in the 200-yard IM. She also contributed to a USC victory in the 400-yard medley relay. At the NCAA Championships, Soni won the Trojans' first NCAA title in the 200-yard breaststroke since 1997. Soni, who touched in 2:09.37, is the first USC freshman to win an NCAA title since 2004 and finished the season undefeated in the event.
Busch led the Wildcats to a third place finish at the NCAA Championships for the third straight year. The Wildcats finished the meet with 415 points, the most ever accumulated at the meet in school history, while winning two individual and three relay events. Busch coached his Arizona team to the school's second Pac-10 championship in school history. The women's swimming Coach of the Year award is the sixth of Busch's career.
The Swimmer, Newcomer and Coach of the Year honors are determined by a coaches vote.