NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Fordham’s Shintaro Noguchi and Richmond’s Mali Kobelja have been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Performers of the Week, respectively, the league announced on Tuesday. Also honored was Heath Maginn of Massachusetts, who was named Men’s Rookie of the Week, and Richmond’s Irina Chiulli was named Women’s Rookie of the Week. Awards were based off performances from Jan.13-19.
Noguchi, a senior from Tiburon, Calif., won four individual events in two meets this past week against Iona and A-10 foe La Salle. Against Iona, Noguchi recorded first-place finishes in the 50-yd freestyle (21.37) and the 200-yd butterfly (1:57.66) along with being a part of the 200-yd medley relay team that also finished first with a time of 3:36.76. Against the Explorers, he captured titles in the 100-yd freestyle (46.57) and the 100-yd butterfly (50.34) while finishing second in the 200-yd freestyle (1:43.15).
Kobelja, a senior from Fort Wayne, Ind., led the Spiders to a sweep of conference opponents Fordham and La Salle this past weekend. Kobelja went undefeated in every event on Sunday including victories in the 100-yd backstroke (57.76), the 200-yd breaststroke (2:20.97) and the 200-yd individual medley (2:05.75).
Maginn, a freshman from Overland Park, Kan., recorded first-place finishes in the 100-yd backstroke (54.82) and the 200-yd backstroke (1:55.41) against Bryant this past weekend. His margin of victory in the 200-yd backstroke was larger than eight seconds.
Chiulli, a freshman from Westwood, Mass., swept the diving portion of this past weekend’s meet against Fordham and La Salle with victories in the 1-meter dive (266.15) and the 3-meter dive (273.05).