WINTHROP, Mass. – Simmons College's Alison Gauvin (Whitefield, Maine) was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Women's Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week for the week of January 4-10, it was announced today by the league.
The honor marks the fifth time that a Shark has been named this season. Sophomore Natalie Giraldi (Bedford, N.H.) was tabbed the top weekly athlete for the weeks of October 19-25 and November 2-8, while junior Miriam Swisher (Albuquerque, N.M.) received the accolade for the weeks of November 9-15 and November 16-22.
Gauvin was the top scorer for Simmons with 18 points to lead the Sharks to a 177-103 victory at Plymouth State University on January 9 in her only meet of the week. The diver scored a career-high 172.28 points in six dives on the one-meter board to finish first and qualify for the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association Championship in February. The junior also turned in the top score on the three-meter board with a mark of 158.17.
A graduate of Erskine Academy, Gauvin has earned 10 top-four showings in seven meets this season, including six first-place finishes. She earned GNAC All-Conference status on the one-meter board on December 5, scoring 340.25 points in 11 dives and was named All-GNAC on the three-meter board the next day with a tally of 159.55 points in six dives. Gauvin turned in the highest mark of her career on the three-meter board on December 1 at Babson College when she racked up 197.60 points to place second in the meet.
Simmons is currently 7-1 on the season and won the GNAC Championship for the 12th straight year in December. The Sharks compete again on Saturday, January 16 when they take on host Regis College and Colby-Sawyer College in a double dual meet at 11:00 a.m.