NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Massachusetts’ senior Trent Kindvall and Saint Louis’ junior Ryan McCoy were named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Swimming and Diving Co-Performers of the Week, while Davidson senior Elise Lankiewicz was named the Women’s Performer of the Week. Also honored was Fordham freshman Joseph Vizza, who was named the Men’s Rookie of the Week and Massachusetts freshman Maja Boric who was named the Women’s Rookie of the Week. The awards were based off performances from meets held Nov. 28- Dec. 4.
Kindvall won the three-meter and placed second in the one-meter dive over the weekend at the Bucknell Invitational. Kindvall opened Friday’s competition with a score of 323.10 points on the three-meter board which qualified him for the NCAA Regional. He followed that up with a second-place finish on the one-meter board on Saturday with a score of 276.05 points. In the one-meter preliminaries, the native from Westminster, Colo., posted the highest score among all competitions in the event with 316.45 points which is the seventh-best score in program history and a new personal best.
McCoy excelled at the AT&T Winter National Championships, leading the Billikens to a fifth-place team finish. In the meet, he broke his own school record in the 100 butterfly with a time of 47.07. The swimmer from Phoenix, Ariz., also swam the 500 freestyle in a time of 4:29.72. This season, he owns the A-10's top time in the 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly and four of the five relay events.
Lankiewicz posted an outstanding resume over the weekend at the Total Performance Invitational. She started day one by breaking her own program record in the 1,650 freestyle, with an NCAA 'B Standard' time of 16:29.13, setting a new pool record as well. It was the top time in the Atlantic 10 this season. On the second day of competition, Lankiewicz picked up yet another first-place title, cruising to victory in the 100 backstroke with the top time in the league this season (55.16), breaking her own record set in 2014. She followed that up with a second place in the 200 freestyle, clocking in with the league's best time of the season (1:47.56), a B standard qualifier. She finished the individual events of the day coming in fourth in the 50 freestyle (23.39) and recording the fourth-best time in the A-10 of the 2016-17 campaign. The senior from Wilmington, Del., continued to dominate in the water on the final day, setting a new season and league-best, as well as a meet and facility record in the 500 freestyle during the preliminaries with a B standard time of 4:47.47. She went on to break the school, meet, and facility record in the 100 butterfly, sprinting to a 53.52 clip, yet another B standard time and top time in the league this season. She followed that up with a first-place finish in the 100 freestyle, clocking in with the second-best time in the league this year (49.95), another B standard mark. Lankiewicz swam leadoff in the 400 freestyle relay that placed third overall with a new team-best time of 3:25.95.
Vizza had a big weekend at the Bucknell Invitational, which included setting a school record in the 200 freestyle event, he clocked in at 1:38.85 to finish second overall, breaking Shintaro Noguchi's 2013 record of 1:39.37. The native from North Wales, Pa., also took second in the 100 freestyle (45.37), fifth in the 500 freestyle (4:33.23), and 11th in the 100 backstroke (51.91) He was a member of the 400 freestyle relay that took third (3:03.88), the 800 freestyle relay in fourth (6:49.48), the 400 medley relay that took fourth (3:22.47), and the 200 freestyle relay which was second (1:22.25).
Boric won both the one-meter dive and three-meter dive events over the weekend at the Bucknell Invitational. The freshman from Zagreb, Croatia, qualified for the NCAA Regional Meet on both with season-high scores of 289.20 points on the one-meter and 320.55 points on the three-meter. Her effort on the three-meter board was the second-best in program history, while her score on the one-meter board was the third-best in program history. Both scores were also UMass women’s swimming and diving freshman records for each event.