Morris Named GNAC and ECAC New England Women's Swimming & Diving Rookie of the Week Again

WINTHROP, Mass./DANBURY, Conn. ? Simmons College swimmer Michaela Morris (Duxbury, Mass.) was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Women?s Swimming Rookie of the Week for the week of January 5-11, it was announced today by the league.

WINTHROP, Mass. – Simmons College swimmer Michaela Morris (Duxbury, Mass.) was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference and Eastern College Athletic Conference New England Women's Swimming & Diving Rookie of the Week for the week of January 5-11, it was announced today by both leagues.

The honor marks the second straight reporting period that she has been named by the GNAC. She shared Co-Rookie honors with teammate Natalie Giraldi (Bedford, N.H.) for the week of December 1-7 and was also honored by the ECAC for that same week. Morris shares the ECAC honor this time with Megan Farmer of Plymouth State University. 

The award also marks the fifth straight reporting period that the Sharks have earned the honor in the GNAC. Giraldi also earned the GNAC honor for the weeks of October 27 to November 2, November 3-9 and November 10-16. 

The first-year swimmer racked up four second-place finishes to go with a third-place showing in two meets and five different individual events for the Sharks. Morris collected 11 points vs. stiff competition in a dual meet at Mount Holyoke College on January 10. The rookie finished second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:03.44, while placing second in the 50-fly with a mark of 28.91. She also added a third-place effort in the 200-individual medley with a personal-best time of 2:26.87. 

Morris registered a pair of second-place finishes in Simmons' 188-73 victory over Saint Joseph's College (ME), the next day. She turned in a time of 1:08.50 in the 100-backstroke and also finished second in the 200-freestyle with a time of 2:10.71. 

The Duxbury High School product has been stellar in the butterfly for the Sharks, winning 10 of 16 events she has entered this season, including three wins in the 50, five in the 100 and two in the 200. The highlight of her season came during the GNAC Championships on December 6-7, where she won the 100-yard butterfly (1:02.25) and the 200-butterfly (2:23.99) and broke a conference and 16-year-old school record in the 50-butterfly with a time of 27.71. Morris was also a part of the Sharks' winning 400-medley and 200-medley relay squads with times of 4:10.25 and 1:56.09, respectively to set new GNAC and pool records.

In addition, she has a pair of second place showings in the 100-individual medley with a personal-best time of 1:07.25 vs. Elms College and Gordon College on November 1 and three second place finishes in the 100-backstroke, including a career-best mark of 1:07.68 vs. Westfield State University on October 25. 

Simmons is currently 6-2 on the season and won the GNAC Championship for the 11th straight year on December 7. It was also their 13th crown in the last 14 years. The Sharks will swim again on Tuesday, January 13 when they travel to North Dartmouth, Mass. to take on University of Massachusetts Dartmouth at 6:00 p.m.