Nov. 13, 2012

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - St. Bonaventure's Michael Murphy was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men's Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week, while Fordham's Brienne Ryan was selected as the league's Women's Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week. The Rams' Steve Sholdra and Theresa Goehring were named Men's and Women's Rookie of the Week, respectively, as announced by the A-10 office for meets competed Nov. 5-11.

Murphy, a senior, earned Men's Performer of the Week honors after competing this past weekend against Cleveland State. The Sayville, N.Y., native placed first in the one-meter dive (332.25), while setting a new three-meter dive record (379.73) at the Riley Center pool.

Ryan, a senior, earned Women's Performer of the Week honors after an impressive swim this past weekend at the 2012 Big Al Open hosted by Princeton. The New Windsor, N.Y., native competed in four individual races and was a member of four relay teams. Ryan placed first in the 100-yard backstroke (55.79), second in the 200 backstroke (2:01.02), third in the 50 freestyle (23.86), and sixth in the 100 butterfly (57.90). Three out of four of Ryan's individual races place her in the top spot in conference standings, while also taking the third place spot in the 100 butterfly.

Sholdra garnered Men's Rookie of the Week accolades after taking two first place victories in the 500 freestyle (4:35.18) and 1650 freestyle (15:40.61), while placing third in the 400 individual medley (4:07.76) and 200 butterfly (1:55.70) at the 2012 Big Al Open. The Renton, Wash., native leads the conference in all four of his individual events, including an impressive 37-second lead in the 1650 freestyle.

Goehring was named Women's Rookie of the Week after posting two top-10 finishes and two top-12 finishes this past weekend at the Princeton Invitational, while also competing in three relays for the Rams. The Essex, Conn., native finished eighth out of 52 swimmers in the 200 individual medley (2:10.10), 12th out of 39 in the 200 freestyle (1:59.61), 11th out of 40 in the 100 backstroke (1:00.81), and 6th out of 27 in the 200 backstroke (2:06.82).