NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – La Salle’s Fabian Bergman and Lina Kutsko of St. Bonaventure were named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Performers of the Week. Also honored was Saint Louis’ T.J. Halliburton, who was named Men’s Rookie of the Week, and Duquesne’s Emma Brinton was named Women’s Rookie of the Week. The awards were based
Bergman, a senior from Stockholm, Sweeden, kept the momentum going in his second meet of the season, the Atlantic 10 Classic, winning three individual events as well as success in the relays. In the 200-yard IM, Bergman finished in 1:51.38, almost four seconds in front of second place. He also won the 100-yard backstroke in 49.24 seconds; also well ahead of the competition. The senior picked up his third individual win later in the event in the 200-yard backstroke (1:50.09). In the relays, Bergman enjoyed similar success, anchoring the first place 400-yard medley relay team and first place 400-yard freestyle team. In total, he had five first-place finishes.
Kutsko remained unbeaten this weekend at the Atlantic 10 Classic leading the Bonnies to three victories. The freshman from Wheeling, Ill., set a new St. Bonaventure program record for her 50-yard freestyle leg in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Her time of 23.58 broke a record that stood at St. Bonaventure since 2003. She was the winner of the 50-yard freestyle event (23.74), 100-yard butterfly (55.11) and 100-yard freestyle (51.21). Kutsko was also a member of three first-place relay teams. Helping the Bonnies win the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:36.43), 400-yard freestyle relay (3:29.76) and the 400-yard medley relay (3:51.47). Kutsko is now 22 for 22 in individual and relay events she has competed in this season.
At the Atlantic 10 Classic, Halliburton, a freshman from St. Louis, Mo., finished as the runner-up in the 100-yard backstroke (52.17) and came in fourth in the 200-yard backstroke (1:53.54). He also helped the 400-yard medley relay come in second place.
Brinton, a freshman from