Dec. 4, 2012

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Xavier’s Sam Conchuratt was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week, while Chaya Zabludoff of Rhode Island was selected as the league’s Women’s Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week. Fordham’s Steve Sholdra and St. Bonaventure’s Michael Pilyugin were named Men’s Co-Rookies of the Week, while Jenna Kirchoff of Rhode Island was named Women’s Rookie of the Week, as announced by the A-10 for meets competed Nov. 26 – Dec. 2.

Conchuratt, a senior, earned Men’s Performer of the Week honors after competing this past weekend at the AT&T Winter Nationals hosted by the University of Texas. The Tualatin, Ore., native swam in the both the 200 individual medley (1:51.65) and 100 butterfly (49.93), posting a top time in the 200 IM for the Atlantic 10 and the third top time in the 100 butterfly in conference standings.

Zabludoff, a sophomore, garnered Women’s Performer of the Week accolades after leading the Rams to an overall first place finish at the Harold Anderson Invitational this past weekend. The Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., native took first place in the 100 freestyle (52.69), 200 freestyle (1:52.15) and 500 freestyle (5:02.44), while also swimming on two winning relay teams.

Sholdra was named Men’s Co-Rookie of the Week after swimming against Boston College and Williams this past weekend. The Renton, Wash., native took first place in three individual events, including the 500 freestyle (4:37.26), 1,000 freestyle (9:28.74) and 200 butterfly (1:52.90), in addition to swimming on the third place 400 freestyle relay team.

Pilyugin earned Men’s Co-Rookie of the Week after competition this past weekend at the Zippy Invitational in Akron, Ohio. The Cooperstown, N.Y., native placed second in the 100 backstroke (50.22) and third in the 200 backstroke (1:50.11), posting a first and second place time within the Atlantic 10.

Kirchoff garnered Women’s Rookie of the Week after swimming at the Harold Anderson Invitational. The Severna Park, Md., native took first place in the 1000 freestyle (10:38.20) and third in the 400 individual medley (4:41.28), helping her team to a team victory.