NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – St. Bonaventure’s Viacheslav Shchukin was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week the league announced on Tuesday, while Duquesne’s Meghan Smith and Zoe Judd of Massachusetts were named the Women’s Co-Performers of the Week. Also honored was St. Bonaventure freshman Matt Goettler, who earned Men’s Rookie of the Week, and Meriza Werenski of Massachusetts, who earned Women’s Rookie of the Week. Awards were based off performances from Oct.28-Nov. 3.
Shchukin, a sophomore from Krasnoyarsk, Russia, earned his second A-10 Men’s Performer of the Week award after leading the Bonnies to a victory over La Salle this past weekend at a meet held at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio. Shchukin recorded three first-place finishes over the weekend, including a victory in the 100-yd freestyle in which he posted a time of 44.09. His time in 100-yd free currently ranks as the 7th fastest time in the nation.
Smith, a senior from Chapel Hill, N.C., recorded a first-place finish in the 100-yd butterfly and two second-place finishes in both the 100-yd freestyle and the 200-yd butterfly this past weekend as the Dukes swept La Salle and St. Bonaventure in a Tri-Meet held at the Spire Institute. Smith narrowly missed a victory in the 100-yd freestyle, losing by just 4/100ths of a second. She also helped the Dukes win three of the four relays for the meet.
Judd, a junior from Acton, Mass., was a part of five first-place finishes this past weekend as the Minutewomen defeated Binghamton, 175-133. Judd recorded individual victories in the 50-yd freestyle (24.35), the 200-yd freestyle (1:52.15) and the 200-yd backstroke (2:05.05) along with being part of victories in the 200-yd medley relay and the 400-yd freestyle relay.
Goettler captured a first-place finish in the 100-yd breaststroke (58.60) along with a second-place finish in the 200-yd breaststroke (2:08.52) to help lead the Bonnies. The Butler, Pa., native was also a member of the 200-yd medley relay team that captured a first-place finish as well.
Werenski posted the fastest time in three individual races and was a part of two relays that touched first in a 175-133 victory over Binghamton. The freshman from South Hadley, Mass., won both the 100-yd breaststroke (1:04.78) and the 200-yd breaststroke (2:19.19) along with the 400-yd individual medley (4:24.78). Her performance in the 200-yd breast set a new pool record while her time in the 400-yd IM set a new school and pool record. Werenski now has won gold in eight of her nine individual events as a college swimmer.