IRVING, Texas – Kaitlyn Swinney has been named the Conference USA Swimmer of the Week, the league office announced from its headquarters in Irving, Texas, on Wednesday (Jan. 10).
Not only did Swinney win three individual events in two meets over the weekend, she set a pair of facility records in the process. In two weekend quad meets at No. 12 ranked Arizona (Jan. 5) and at Grand Canyon University (Jan. 6), Swinney dominated her specialty in the individual medley. The senior from Fort Bend, Texas, first swam a 4:17.86 to win the 400-IM at Arizona (and at more than 2,400-feet of elevation competing in Tucson). The next day at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, she swept both the 200-IM (2:04.41) and 200-backstroke (2:01.44) with a pair of new facility records at the Reese Aquatics Center. Swinney also posted two second place finishes at Arizona in the 100-backstroke (56.34) and 200-backstroke (2:01.63).
This marks Swinney's second Swimmer of the Week award this season and the fourth time to earn the honor in her career. She was also named the C-USA Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 1.
So far this season three other Owls have won the league’s weekly swimming honor a total of four times. Lauren Rhodes (Oct. 11), Marie-Claire Schillinger (Nov. 22) and Alicia Caldwell (Oct. 25 & Dec. 20) all won the same league honor on the respective dates.