KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Nov. 25, 2019) – The Skyline Conference announced the women's swimming & diving weekly honors on Monday and a trio of U.S. Merchant Marine Academy student-athletes swept all three major awards. Senior Erica Lou (Flushing, N.Y.) was named the Swimmer of the Week, sophomore Hannah Taylor (Owings Mills, Md.) earned Diver of the Week honors and freshman Abigail Thomas (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) was selected as the Rookie of the Week.
Lou won both backstroke events in the Mariners' home wins over three Skyline opponents in their season-opening meet on Wednesday, touching first in the 100 back in 1:05.04 and the 100 breast in 1:14.71. She was also the second leg (breast) of the 200 medley relay team that started the meet with a victory in 1:59.31. The senior also had a fourth-place finish in the 200 breast in 2:42.24 at the USMMA Memorial Invite on Saturday, ahead of Division I and II swimmers.
In her first collegiate competition, Taylor won the three-meter dive on Wednesday night with a score of 156.83. She also finished second in the one-meter with a 151.20. The sophomore followed that up with scores of 150.15 in the one-meter and 162.75 in the three-meter on Saturday.
Thomas had three victories on Wednesday night, touching first in the 1000 free in 11:36.26 and the 200 IM in 2:27.79, while also swimming the last leg of the 200 free relay team that won in 1:46.22. On Saturday, she earned a fifth-place finish in the 500 free in 5:35.62, ahead of a couple of Division II swimmers.
For the complete release from the Skyline Conference, click here.
The Mariners return to the pool for a road Skyline tri-meet at Sarah Lawrence College on Dec. 3. At the tri-meet they will take on the host Gryphons and Purchase College.
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