Sophomore Ron Morris and junior Ava Jackman swept the Diver of the Week honors for the Mountain West Conference. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Utah senior Adam Oliver and BYU sophomore Ron Morris were named Mountain West Conference Men's Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, while Utah freshman Whitney Lopus and BYU junior Ava Jackman earned swimming and diving honors on the women's side.
Oliver, a native of Colorado Springs, Colo., set multiple school records at the Princeton Invitational. His 400-yard freestyle time of 4:25.21 marks the second best in Utah history and the fastest in over a decade. The senior set a new school record in the 1,000-yard free with a time of 9:15.24 and continued to finish the 1,650-yard freestyle in 15:17.70, which also broke the school record by more than five seconds. Oliver also swam the anchor leg of Utah's 800-yard freestyle relay team that finished in second at 6:38.51 to set a new school record.
Morris, who hails from La Palma, Calif., achieved two career highs in the BYU Diving Invitational vs. Boise State. The sophomore scored 319.65 on the 1-meter springboard to finish first and 328.20 on the 3-meter springboard for second place. Morris also posted the highest score in Friday's 1-meter springboard competition with a total of 311.10.
Lopus, from Scottsdale, Ariz., broke five school and Conference records to help Utah finish second at the Princeton Invitational. The freshman swam the 500-yard freestyle in 4:42.47, breaking the MWC record by 7.13 seconds. Lopus also set a school, MWC and pool record for the 100-yard butterfly, winning in 53.19. She finished second in the 200-yard butterfly, scoring 1:56.78 to top the Utah and MWC records for the event. Lopus swam lead-off leg of Utah's 800-yard freestyle relay that set school and league records with a time of 7:13.62. She also swam on the Utes' first place 200-yard medley and 400-yard medley relays, touching in 1:42.87 and 3:18.71, respectively.
Jackman, a product of Alpine, Utah, finished first in every event she competed in during the BYU Diving Invitational. On Friday, the junior scored 269.70 and 284.17 on the 1-meter and 3-meter springboards to win the events. She followed suit on Saturday, finishing first on the 1-meter with a point total of 274.72. Jackman also reached a new career high on the platform with 211.72 points.