Bergman, Wright, Gouger, Coats Claim Swimming and Diving Weekly Honors
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Fabian Bergman of La Salle and Owen Wright of Massachusetts shared the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week, while Richmond’s Hannah Gouger and Davidson’s Sarah Coats shared Women’s Swimming and Diving Performer of the Week. Harry Niswonger of Saint Louis and Michelle Martin from Fordham claimed Men’s and Women’s Rookie of the Week honors. The awards were based off performances from meets held on Jan 22-28.
Bergman, a senior from Stockholm, Sweden, helped La Salle to two wins during the week. His performance against Mount St. Mary’s was highlighted by a new school record (re-breaking his own) in the 200-yard backstroke. The final time of 1:44.01, was more than 16 seconds ahead of the pack, he also set a new pool record at La Salle’s Kirk Pool. Bergman also helped La Salle to a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay in the same meet. In the event prior, a win over Arcadia, Bergman helped the Explorers to wins in the 200-yard medley relay (1:33.49) and the 100-yard individual medley (50.33 seconds).
Wright broke the Rogers Pool records in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyles in a 211-87 win over Fordham. The senior from Attleboro, Mass., set the new pool record in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.42. He broke his second pool record of the day in the 100-yard freestyle with a top time of 44.92. Wright was also part of a winning relay in the 200-yard medley.
Gouger, a sophomore from Cockeysville, Md., won three individual events this weekend in the Spiders’ two meets. On Friday vs. Villanova, Gouger won the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 55.75. She also picked up a third-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly (58.99), fourth in the 50-yard freestyle (24.77), and swam the anchor leg of the 200-yard medley relay team that took second, just two seconds shy of Villanova’s team. On Saturday vs. Campbell, Gouger won both the 200-yard freestyle (1.55.04) and the 200-yard backstroke (2:00.68).
Coats concluded her strong career with the Wildcats Saturday, pulling in three firsts and a third as Davidson fell to Gardner-Webb in their final dual meet of the year. Coats, a senior from Atlanta, Ga., swept both breaststroke events, with her 100-yard breast time of (1:04.96) falling just five hundredths from her career-best. She also took first in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:23.08), and has won the 100, 200, or both at every meet she has competed in this season. She swam the breast portion of the 200-yard medley relay that also took first, and came in third in the 200-yard individual medley.
Niswonger, a freshman from Grafton, Wis., won the 1-meter diving competition (176.93) in a double dual vs. Eastern Illinois and Missouri-St. Louis.
Martin led the Rams to wins over Iona and UMass this week. The freshman from Monterey Park, Calif., won the 200-yard backstroke event against Iona in a season-best time of 2:10.00. She also won both the 100-yard backstroke (58.64) and the 100-yard butterfly (57.23) at UMass, while taking second in the 50-yard freestyle (24.16).