Tan, Russell, Adams, and Einfeldt Sweep MWC Honors

Four BYU athletes received all four Mountain West awards for their individual performances last week. The men competed against Iowa in Hawaii, then against Washington in Seattle. The women also competed against the Huskies and then traveled to Oregon State the very next day. The divers competed in the annual Arizona Invite against top competition from the West.

Tan posted four individual victories, was a part of the Cougars' 400-yard medley relay team that posted a victory and helped the 200-yard medley relay team to a second-place finish over the weekend. Against Iowa on Jan. 9, Tan took top individual honors in the 200-yard backstroke and 200-yard individual medley with times of 1:51.26 and 1:51.72, respectively, and helped the 400-yard medley relay team to a victory in 3:24.19. On Jan. 11 against Washington, the Olympian from Singapore, finished first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:40.94) and 100-yard butterfly (50.65), and aided the 200-yard medley relay squad to a second-place finish (1:34.44). This is Tan's third career swimmer of the week honor and the first Cougar swimmer to win the award this season.

Against Iowa, Russell turned in a score of 339.20 on the 1-meter springboard to claim the victory, Three days later at the Arizona Diving Invitational, the two-time All-American narrowly missed a victory over one of the nation's top divers (Arizona's Omar Ojeda). Russell scored 346.05 points on the 3-meter springboard for the second-place finish, less than one point behind Ojeda.

Adams, a native of Appleton, Wis., turned in two individual victories and helped the Cougars to two relay victories last weekend. On Jan. 11 against Washington, she won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.06 and was a part of the 200-yard freestyle relay team that claimed a victory in 1:37.26. Against Oregon State on Jan. 12, Adams, an All-American transfer from Auburn, had a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:53.01 and helped the 400-yard freestyle relay squad to a first-place finish in 3:35.16.

Einfeldt claimed her third diver of the week award of the season and fifth of her career with her performance at the Arizona Diving Invitational. Against some of the top divers in the nation, Einfeldt won the 3-meter springboard event, with a score of 302.65 and finished third in the 1-meter springboard after posting 249.05 points.

2001-2002 MWC Men's Swimmer's and Diver's of the Week

Swimmer Diver

Oct. 24 -- Cody Rempfer, Utah Oscar Delgado, Wyoming

Nov. 7 -- Guy Fulfer, Wyoming Oscar Delgado, Wyoming

Nov. 14 -- Damian Storz, Wyoming Brady Lindberg, Air Force

Nov. 21 -- Paul Brehm, Air Force Andy Bradley, BYU

Dec. 5 -- Damian Storz, Wyoming Justin Wilcock, BYU

Jan. 11 -- Damian Storz, Wyoming None

Jan. 17 -- Gary Tan, BYU Aaron Russell, BYU

2001-2002 MWC Women's Swimmer's and Diver's of the Week

Swimmer Diver

Oct. 24 -- Kristen Schneider, CSU Sarah Law, Air Force

Oct. 31 -- Loren Sweny, Utah Becca Barras, New Mexico

Nov. 7 -- Neringa Statkeviciute, Utah Kelli Einfeldt, BYU

Nov. 14 -- Meghan Casillan, SDSU Becca Barras, New Mexico

Nov. 21 -- Neringa Statkeviciute, Utah Kelli Einfeldt, BYU

Dec. 5 -- Lorena Diaconescu, UNLV Becca Barras, New Mexico

Dec. 12 -- Megan Storey, San Diego State None

Jan. 11 -- Lyndsey Carlaw, Colorado State None

Jan. 17 -- Cortnee Adams, BYU Kelli Einfeldt, BYU