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Pac-12 announces women's swimmer and diver of the month

Dec 2, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO – ARIZONA senior Emma Schoettmer was named Pac-12 Women’s Swimmer of the Month and UCLA sophomore Maria Polyakova was named Diver of the Month for the month of the November, the Conference office announced Wednesday. 

Schoettmer, a Greenwood, Ind. native, placed first in three of her four individual races and helped the Wildcats to two victories in the 200-medley relay. Schoettmer won the 100-meter breaststroke against both No. 19 UCLA (1:01.73) and No. 16 USC (1:01.30) en route to earning NCAA ‘B’ cuts in each meet. The senior also took first in the 200-meter breaststroke against UCLA in a time of 2:13.48. Schoettmer then shaved 1.04 seconds off her time one day later against USC, but was edged out of first place by five-hundredths of a second in the dual meet in a time of 2:12.04. She additionally swam the breaststroke leg of the 200-medley relay against both California schools to bring her total to five combined event victories on the month.

This is the first-career Swimmer of the Month honor for Schoettmer and Arizona’s sixth all-time monthly nod.

Polyakova, a native of Penza, Russia, has won seven of her eight competitions since October and has placed first in every 3-meter springboard final so far this season. Polyakova swept the diving events against Arizona in Tucson, scoring marks of 296.03 on the 1-meter and 303.45 on the 3-meter. At the Trojan Diving Invitational, the sophomore swept the springboard events again, totaling a 591.35 on the 1-meter and posting a 3-meter score of 580.10. In the dual meet against ASU, Polyakova placed second in the 1-meter (283.5), only 1.05 points behind the first-place winner. She then recorded her highest score this season in the 3-meter in dual competition, scoring 304.70 to take first place. 

This is the second-career Diver of the Month honor for Polyakova and 11th overall for UCLA. She previously earned the award for the month of December 2014.

Also Nominated:

Swimmer: Noemie Thomas, CAL; Ella Eastin, STAN; Linnea Mack, UCLA; Presley Wetterstrom, WSU 

Diver: Sally Hackett, ARIZ; Mara Aiacoboae, ASU; Phoebe LaMay, CAL; Amanda Casillas, UTAH

2015-16 Women’s Swimmers and Divers of the Month

Month Swimmer Diver
November  Emma Schoettmer, ARIZ Maria Polyakova, UCLA