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Shapira Bar-Or Garners National Swimmer Award

Two NCAA “A” cuts by Jillian Tyler (University of Minnesota) and four NCAA “B” cuts by Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or (University of Arizona) have earned the two the Counsilman-Hunsaker National Collegiate Swimmer-of-the-Week Honors.  Also winning the award were Carly Bush (Grand Valley State University), Andrey Seryy (Wayne State University), Imelda Wistey (Grinnell College), and Craig Fleming (Kalamazoo College).  The six recipients were selected by coaches and media relations personnel for their performances November 9-November 15.

Division I

Jillian Tyler
University of Minnesota
Senior- Calgary, Alberta
Tyler swam to three first place finishes and two NCAA “A” cuts at the Minnesota Grand Prix.  She won the 100 breast (58.22, NCAA “A” cut) and the 200 breast (2:08.24, NCAA “A” cut), both of which are the country’s top times so far this season.  Tyler was also a member of the winning 400 medley relay for the Gophers (3:38.57, NCAA “B” cut).

Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or
University of Arizona
Jerusalem, Israel
Shapira Bar-Or helped lead Arizona to a 190-110 victory over USC by achieving four NCAA “B” cuts and three victories.   He won the 100 free (43.81, NCAA “B” cut), the 200 free (1:35.96, NCAA “B” cut), and placed second in the 100 fly (47.91).  His 200 free time is the fastest in the nation so far this season.  Shapira Bar-Or also anchored the winning 200 free relay (1:19.75, 19.75- split, NCAA “B” cut).

Division II

Carly Bush
Grand Valley State University
Grandville, Mich.
Bush swam to three NCAA “B” in a 155-82 loss to Michigan State.  She swam the 1000 free (10:39.02, NCAA “B” cut), the 500 free (5:11.37, NCAA “B” cut), and the 200 fly (2:08.33, NCAA “B” cut).

Andrey Seryy
Wayne State University
Junior- Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Seryy swam to three NCAA “B” cuts and set a pair of pool records in a 142-93 victory over Calvin College.  He won the 200 free (1:40.32, NCAA “B” cut), the 100 free (45.21, NCAA “B” cut), and the 50 free (20.33, lead-off split, NCAA “B” cut).

Division III

Imelda Wistey
Grinnell College
Freshman- W. Des Moines, IA
Wistey won two individual events and achieved an NCAA “B” cut in a 153-90 loss to Luther College.  She set a new school and Midwest Conference Record en route to victory in the 100 breast (1:05.22, NCAA “B” cut), and she followed that up with another first place finish and pool record in the 400 IM (4:44.96).  Wistey also swam on the second place 400 medley relay (1:04.43-breast split).

Craig Fleming
Kalamazoo College
Senior- Clinton Township, MI
Fleming had two individual wins and one relay victory over the weekend as well as a second place relay finish in Kalamazoo’s 138-98 win over Alma.  Fleming won the 200 free (1:42.97) and 100 free (46.99).  He also swam on the 200 medley relay (21.04-free split), and led off the 200 free relay (21.50-split).