Natasha Menezes garnered MWC female Swimmer of the Week this week for her performance at the Anteater Shootout. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - UNLV sophomore John Mendoza and Wyoming sophomore Mark Murdock were named Mountain West Conference Men's Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively, while BYU junior Natasha Menezes and Wyoming junior Stephanie Ortiz earned swimming and diving honors on the women's side.
Mendoza, from Whittier, Calif., won four individual events last weekend at the UC Irvine Shootout to help UNLV defeat five of six opponents. On Fri., Nov. 7, the sophomore won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:31.46 and followed with a time of 15:41.72 in the 1,650-yard freestyle to capture the event. The following day,
Mendoza surpassed Friday's mark in the 500 free, winning the event in 4:31.26. He also won the 1,000-yard freestyle by touching in 9:20.53.
Murdock, a native of Flower Mound, Texas, had season-best performances last week against Colorado School of Mines. Murdock scored 290.85 to win the 1-meter springboard, followed by an event-winning 292.72 on the 3-meter board.
Menezes, who hails from Centennial, Colo., led BYU's distance swimmers at the UC Irvine Shootout. On Friday, the junior defeated swimmers from UC Davis, UNLV, Cal State Northridge and San Diego, winning the 200-yard freestyle, 500 free and 1,650 free with times of 1:50.92, 4:57.07 and 17:02.37, respectively. On Saturday, Menezes placed second in the 200 free (1:50.65) and also finished fourth in the 500 free (4:54.31).
Ortiz, a product of Colorado Springs, Colo., broke the Wyoming and Corbett Pool records with her six-dive total of 300.22 on the 1-meter springboard against New Mexico. The junior also won the 3-meter title by scoring 283.28.