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Six Swimmers Earn Mid-Major All-American Honorable Mention

April 27, 2010

Full Release from CollegeSwimming.com

ATHENS, Ohio- Six Bobcat swimmers have been named to the 2010 Women’s Mid-Major All-American Honorable Mention list, CollegeSwimming.com announced on Tuesday. Chelsey Bower, Anne Donovan, Lauren Funk, Rachel Heim, Stacey Huber and Amanda Traylor all earned the honors for their great 2009-10 seasons at Ohio. A total of 112 student-athletes made the list of honorable mentions, with 29 of them coming from the Mid-American Conference.

Seventeen student-athletes were named to the CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major All-American Team, with one—Kelsey Vehr of Miami—coming from the MAC.

A total of six MAC schools had student-athletes on the honorable mention squad, with Ohio’s six being behind only Toledo, who had a total of nine. Miami named five, Eastern Michigan had four, Akron earned three and Buffalo had two.

Bower (Bethel Park, Pa.) had a very strong senior season, capping off her career with one first-place finish (200 Free Relay), three second-place honors (800 Free Relay, 100 Free, 200 Medley Relay) and one third-place finish (50 Free) at the 2010 MAC Championships. She earned First Team All-MAC honors, was named the conference’s Senior Swimmer of the Year based on a league-wide vote of her peers and earned the third Academic All-MAC honor of her career. At the team’s end-of-season banquet, she was one of four student-athletes to earn the Scott Hammond Award, which is given to the individual(s) that record the most outstanding performance of the year.

Donovan (Findlay, Ohio) took two MAC titles in just her sophomore season. She was a member of the 200 Free Relay team that took first and also earned the top spot in the 50 Free. She was also a member of the 200 Free Relay time trial squad that won the Scott Hammond Award. In addition, she was the team winner of the Fletcher Gilders Award, an honor that is given to the most improved member of the team.

A freshman from Springfield, Ohio, Funk had a very good first year with the Green and White. She swam anchor on the winning 200 Free Relay at the MAC Championships, taking the first such honor of her career. She was also a member of the record-setting 200 Free Relay time trial team that was awarded the Scott Hammond Award for the most outstanding performance. In addition to these honors, she placed twice more at the MAC Championships, taking fifth in the 50 Free and 10th in the 100 Free.

Heim (San Diego, Calif.) had a tremendous 2009-10 season, one that ended with a team-leading four first-place finishes at the MAC Championships (200 Free Relay, 100 Fly, 100 Backstroke, 200 Fly). She was named co-MAC Swimmer of the Year at the Championships, sharing the honor with Jacy Dyer of Toledo (also on the honorable mention list). The junior earned four conference Swimmer of the Week awards throughout the year and was once named a MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week. In addition, she earned Academic All-MAC honors and was awarded the team’s Ed Wright Trophy, which goes to the most valuable swimmer or diver on the team.

A native of Gainesville, Florida, Huber placed three times at the MAC Championships. She took ninth in the 500 Free, 14th in the 400 IM and fifth in the 1650 Free, setting season-best times in all three events.

Traylor (Los Alamitos, Calif.) finished off her senior year with a successful weekend at the MAC Championships, finishing in the top five on four separate occasions. She took second in the 200 and 500 Free competitions, in addition to taking fourth in the 1650 Free and swimming on the 800 Free Relay team that took second place. She earned First Team All-MAC honors for her great season.