Pac-12 announces Women's Swimmer and Diver of the Week
SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 Conference office announced today that ARIZONA STATE’s Cierra Runge was named Pac-12 Women's Swimmer of the Week and teammate Ashley McCool was voted Pac-12 Women’s Diver of the Week.
WOMEN’S SWIMMER OF THE WEEK: Cierra Runge, Jr., Arizona State (Cochranville, Pa.)
Runge collected two individual wins last week in No. 18 Arizona State’s loss to in-state rival No. 10 Arizona. Runge swam a personal best and broke a seven-year school record in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:44.04. Her time in the 200 free also ranks in the top-10 fastest times in the country at No. 9 and No. 4 in the Conference this season. The 2016 Olympic gold medalist notched a win in the 500 free (4:41.80), finishing three seconds ahead of second place for the fastest time on the Sun Devils this season and eighth-best in the Pac-12. The junior is studying interdisciplinary studies and collects her first Pac-12 Swimmer of the Week nod, marking the Sun Devils third weekly/monthly award since 2008 (2017, Nora Deleske; 2008, Caitlin Andrew).
Also Nominated: Katrina Konopka, ARIZ, Darby Wayner, Utah.
WOMEN’S DIVER OF THE WEEK: Ashley McCool, So., Arizona State (Cochrane, Alberta, Canada)
McCool took the podium in each event during Arizona State’s regular-season finale versus Arizona. The junior won the 3-meter springboard with a score of 344.63 for her third victory in the event this season. The Alberta native finished second in the 1-meter with 316.58 points to close out the last dual meet before the Pac-12 Championship on Feb. 27. McCool qualified for the 2018 NCAA Championship in both events as a freshman and finished second in the 3-meter at the Pac-12 Championships. The global health major collects her third career Pac-12 Diver of the Week honor and first of the season for Arizona State’s sixth all-time nod.
Also Nominated: Delaney Schnell, ARIZ.
The 2019 Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Men’s and Women’s Diving Championships (Feb. 27–Mar. 2) will be held at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
All-session passes for the 2019 Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Men’s and Women’s Diving Championships, as well as the Men’s Swimming Championships, are on sale to the general public and can be found at: pac-12.com/tickets.
2018-19 PAC-12 WOMEN'S SWIMMER AND DIVER OF THE MONTH/ WEEK
|Swimmer of the Month||Diver of the Month|
|November||Abbey Weitzeil, CAL||Maria Polyakova, UCLA|
|Swimmer of the Week||Diver of the Week|
|Jan. 23||Taylor McCoy, WSU||Maria Polyakova, UCLA|
|Jan. 30||Katie McLaughlin, CAL||Delaney Schnell, ARIZ|
|Feb. 6||Ella Eastin, STAN||Eloise Belanger, UCLA|
|Feb. 13||Cierra Runge, ASU||Ashley McCool, ASU|