WESTON, MA - Two Western Connecticut State University swimmers and one diver took three of the week's four awards given by the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association, for the week ending on November 27. Sophomores Hope Johnsky (Bristol, CT) and David Lawrence (Newtown, CT) garnered the two swim honors while Drew Worden (Warren, CT) captured the men's diver accolades.
SWIMMERS OF THE WEEK
Women's Swimming – Hope Johnsky (WestConn)
Hope Johnsky, a sophomore at Western Connecticut State University, has been voted as the NEISDA Women's Swimmer of the Week for the seventh week of the season. Hope went 6 for 6 in individual events and was the member of the two winning relay teams. On Saturday against Lehman College, she won the 50 Breast (33.01), 100 Breast (1.13.37) and the 200 IM with a personal best (2.29.31). She swam the breast leg in the 200 Medley with a split of 32.29. On Sunday against Maine Maritime, Johnsky won the 1000 free (12.07.91), dropping 24 seconds for a personal best time, then won the 50 breast (33.04) and the 100 breast (1.13.24). She also lead off the winning 200 Free Relay with a personal best time of 27.04. Prior to her swimming career at Western Connecticut, Johnsky swam for Bristol Eastern High School in Bristol, CT. She is majoring in Art at WestConn.
Men's Swimming – David Lawrence (WestConn)
David Lawrence, a sophomore at WestConn, has been voted as the NEISDA Men's Swimmer of the Week for the seventh week of the season. Lawrence went 5 for 6 in individual events and was the member of two winning relay teams in meets against Lehman College and Maine Maritime Academy. On Saturday, he competed in the his four events prior to the diving break so that he could participate in a university sponsored choir concert. He was a member of the winning 200 Medley Relay where he swam the breast, then won the 100 IM (1.01.30) in which he set a new school record, he won the 50 free (23.28) and placed second in the 50 breast (30.76). On Sunday against Maine Maritime again was on the winning 200 Medley Relay where he swam breast and then won the 1000 Free (10.53.25), the 50 free (23.35) and the 500 free (5.18.92). Prior to his swimming career at Western Connecticut, Lawrence swam for Newtown High School in Newtown, CT. He is majoring in Secondary Education at WestConn.
DIVERS OF THE WEEK
Men's Diving - Drew Worden (WestConn)
Drew Worden, a sophomore at WestConn, has been voted as the NEISDA Men's Swimmer of the Week for the seventh week of the season. In two meets this weekend, Drew placed 1st on both the 1 meter and 3 meter each day. On Saturday against Lehman College, Worden scored 237.60 on the one-meter and 205.05 on the three-meter. Both scores broke our school records. On Sunday against Maine Maritime, Worden chose to compete in all voluntary dives and scored 188.85 on one-meter and 2.05.35 on three-meter, again breaking the school record. Prior to his diving career at Western Connecticut, he was home schooled in Warren, CT. He is majoring in Mathematics at WetConn. Worden and the Colonials return to the pool on December 7 for the Connecticut Cup in Middletown, CT.
Founded in 1920, The New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) is a coach-run association made up of 21 Division III member institutions in 6 Conferences in New England. NEISDA annually sponsors and administers a championship for those qualifying swimmers and divers in February. Past Winners: Week 1: Sarah Leonard (Regis) / Hunter Wronski (RWU) Week 2: Emily Elliott (WNE) & Nicole Ansley (Norwich) / Noah Toumayan-Miller (Regis) Week 3: Ellie Clark (Husson) / Bodie Ibrahim (RWU) Week 4: Nicole Ansley (Norwich) / Jake Wyse (USJ) Week 5: Haley Griffin (UNE) & Aine Scholand (Simmons) / Chris Anastasiades (BSU) Week 6: Ellie Field (RWU) / Steven Johnston (Husson).