MWC Honors Miller and Jackman as Athletes of the Week

Sophomore swimmer Aleesha Miller and junior diver Ava Jackman were both honored with MWC Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

COLORADO SPRINGS -- The Mountain West Conference announced the Swimmers and Divers of the Week Tuesday with BYU’s own Aleesha Miller and Ava Jackman garnering the awards this week.

“They both have been doing great things this season,” BYU head coach Tim Powers said.

Sophomore Aleesha Miller who hails from Mesa, Ariz. broke the BYU pool record in the 50 free with a time of 23.07 on Saturday against Wyoming. The previous record was held by Amber Walter of Utah, set in 2006 (23.19). After breaking the BYU pool record in the 50 free, Miller also won the 100 free with a time of 50.87, only a tenth of a second off of the 100 free BYU pool record.

“Aleesha is having a great year and we anticipate she will do well at the Mountain West Conference Championships and at the NCAA Championships,” said Powers.

Even though Miller is the Cougars’ fastest female freestyle sprinter, she switched up her events against Air Force, competing in the 100 breaststroke, winning the event with a time of 1:05.70, seven seconds in front of Jenna Dolata of Air Force.

Miller also competed on the 200 medley relay team on both days, winning the event both days with the exact same time of 1:44.87, putting them second in the MWC and 55th in the nation. Miller’s 50 free time ranks second in the MWC and 73rd in the nation while her 100 free time ranks fourth in the 100 free in the MWC.

She is the third female Cougar to achieve Swimmer of the Week accolades this season.

Junior Ava Jackman and TCU junior Jennifer Ferguson shared diving plaudits. Jackman hails from Alpine, Utah and took first on the 1-meter board against Air Force with a score of 310.28, the highest score in the MWC this season on the 1-meter board.

“Our only returning All-American diver, Tawni Jones, was suffering from an injury, making Ava the one who stepped up,” said Powers. “She has taken that challenge and has done wonderfully well.”

Jackman also took second on the 3-meter board against Wyoming with a score of 301.73. Behind two of her teammates at the Air Force meet, she placed third on the 3-meter board with a score of 294.08. She also placed third against Wyoming on the 1-meter with a score of 282.45.

This is the second Diver of the Week honor for Jackman this season, her first came on Dec. 9, 2008.

For the MWC release, please see http://themwc.cstv.com/sports/c-swim/spec-rel/012709aaa.html.