Travis Price was awarded his first MWC Swimmer of the Week of the year. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- BYU senior Travis Price and TCU junior R.J. Hesselberg earned Mountain West Conference Men's Swimmer and Diver of the Week honors, respectively, while BYU's Natasha Menezes and Utah's Kwan Ling Yu were named MWC Women's Swimmer and Diver of the Week, respectively.
Price helped lead BYU to a second-place finish at the Nike Cup last weekend. Individually, he won the 1650 freestyle (15:36.91), finishing seven seconds faster than the rest of the field. Price also finished fourth in the 200 free (1:39.45) and fifth in the 500 free, posting a new season-best mark of 4:28.64. His times in the 1650 and 200 free at the Nike Cup are currently the top times in the conference, while his 500 free time is second-best this season.
Hesselberg won the 3-meter diving event, while placing second in the 1-meter dive in TCU's league dual match vs. UNLV. In the 3- meter dive, he notched a score of 347.10, just shy of his personal-best time of 347.33. Hesselberg recorded a score of 263.62 in the 1-meter event to finish second.
Menezes had two top-five finishes at the Nike Cup last weekend. Her top finish was third in the 1650 free as she touched the wall with a time of 17:07.22. She also led all Cougars by finishing fifth in the 200 free with a time of 1:51.13. Menezes also swam the 500 free in a time of 4:57.71. Her time in 200 free and 1650 free at the Nike Cup are currently the top times in the conference this season.
Yu swept both the diving events at last weekend's combined dual meet with San Diego State and Boise State. She won the 3-meter diving event by 41.15 points, as she posted a score of 268.50. On the 1-meter board she scored 255.70, 38.15 points better than the second-place finisher.
2007-08 Swimmers and Divers of the Week
Date Swimmers of the Week Divers of the Week
Oct. 18 Richard Hortness, Sr., UNLV Kyle Van Valkenburg, So., Air Force
Aleesha Miller, Fr., BYU Angela Nelson, Sr., BYU
Oct. 25 Bryan Avery, Jr., Air Force R.J. Hesselberg, Jr., TCU
Aimee Stinson, Jr., Wyoming None
Oct. 31 Garrett Beaman, Fr., Utah R.J. Hesselberg, Jr., TCU
Rachel Grant, Fr., BYU Carrie Quinn, Sr., New Mexico
Nov. 7 Scott McCracken, Sr., TCU R.J. Hesselberg, Jr., TCU
Megan Evans, So., Wyoming Brittany Wainwright, Sr., Wyoming
Nov. 14 Jorge Azevedo, Sr., BYU R.J. Hesselberg, Jr., TCU
Rachel Grant, Fr., BYU Tawni Jones, So., BYU
Nov. 21 Travis Price, Sr., BYU R.J. Hesselberg, Jr., TCU
Natasha Menezes, So., BYU Kwan Ling Yu, Fr., Utah