Tiffany, Strauss & Jackson bring in three more Big 12 swim and dive awards

BYU athletes brought home three of the Big 12’s six weekly swim and dive awards the conference announced on Wednesday.


IRVING, Texas — BYU athletes brought home three of the Big 12’s six weekly swim and dive awards the conference announced on Wednesday.

Big 12 Swim and Dive Awards | Jan. 24
Award Athlete Team
Men's Swimmer of the Week Jordan Tiffany BYU
Men's Newcomer of the Week Kyle Bumgardner Cincinnati
Men's Diver of the Week Mickey Strauss BYU
Women's Swimmer of the Week Tania Quaglieri TCU
Women's Newcomer of the Week Julie Rose Cincinnati
Women's Diver of the Week Alexia Jackson BYU


Jordan Tiffany earned his second Big 12 Men’s Swimmer of the Week honor and fourth league award on the season following newcomer of the week citations on Oct. 4 and 18. Tiffany’s four awards this season tie him with Will Modglin of No. 8 Texas for the most such recognitions this season.  

The junior from Pleasant Grove, Utah contributed 48 points in the BYU men’s tri-meet win over Air Force and Colorado Mesa at the Richards Building Pool on Jan. 19-20. Tiffany continued his dominant season in the 100 fly and 100 back with wins in each at 48.36 and 48.45, respectively.

Tiffany led off the 200 medley relay squad to a win at 1:30.12 and began the meet with a pool-record 1:45.56 in the 200 individual medley. The previous record was set by none other than himself while swimming for Lone Peak High School in 2019. 

Tiffany maintains his perch among the top 100 fly and back swimmers in the nation with the seventh and 11th best times, respectively.

Mickey Strauss swept the men’s 1 and 3-meter diving events over the weekend and sealed his second conference Diver of the Week honor this season (Oct. 4). At 352.89 points in the 1-meter, the Junior from Provo, Utah passed up Laurent Gosselin-Paradis of No. 15 USC for 17th nationally in the event.

Strauss’s 352.60 in the 3-meter boosted him past No. 22 Wisconsin’s Daniel Muller for No. 33 nationally.

Alexia Jackson replicated Strauss’s success for BYU women’s diving and brings home her first award of the season. The sophomore from Mesa, Arizona tallied a winning 308.80 and 284.05 in the 3-meter and 1-meter, respectively. Jackson’s 3-meter performance was sufficient to pass Yale’s Hayden Henderson for 28th nationally, while her new 1-meter score places her 33rd.

The BYU divers will compete once again on Feb. 1-3 at the Air Force Diving Invitational at Cadet Natatorium in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Following three-straight weeks of meets, BYU swimming will return to the pool in a home meet versus rival Utah on Feb. 9-10.