WINCHESTER, Mass. – Simmons College women's swimmer Miriam Swisher (Albuquerque, N.M.) was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Women's Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week for the week of November 10-16, it was announced today by the league.
The honor marks the third straight week that Swisher has earned the award and the fourth straight week that a Simmons swimmer has been selected. Senior Hillary Wong (Quincy, Mass.) was tabbed for the week of October 20-26. Swisher earned the accolade three times last year as well.
The sophomore scored 18 points in a dual meet vs. Wellesley College on November 15, winning both her individual events to remain undefeated on the season. Swisher won the 100-yard freestyle in her first entry of the year in the event with a time of 55.70 and the 100-yard backstroke with a season-best mark of 1:01.24 to win the event for the fourth straight week. The La Cueva High School product bettered her own school record in the 50-backstroke split of the 200-Medley Relay, posting a clip of 28.19.
Swisher has been dominant this season. She's won all 10 individual events she has entered this year, including the 100-back four times and the 50-free three times in addition to the 200-free, 100-free and the 50-back. She has also been a part of three winning relays, having competed in the 200-medley relay twice and the 200-free relay.
The second year swimmer turned in a phenomenal rookie season in 2013-14, setting five individual school records in the 50, 100 and 200 free as well as the 50 and 100 back events in addition to being a member of school-record setting 200, 400 and 800 free relay as well as 200 and 400 medley relay squads. Swisher won the GNAC Championship last year in the 50, 100 and 200 free in addition to the 100 back and helped the Sharks take the GNAC title in the 200 free and 400 medley relay events. She also finished second in the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships in the 50, 100 and 200 free events last year and helped the Simmons 800 free relay team win the event.
The Sharks are currently 4-1 on the season and will swim again on Tuesday, December 2 when they host Babson College at the Holmes Sports Center Natatorium at 6:00 p.m.