MPSF Swim & Dive Major Awards

Two-time MPSF Swimmer of the Year Franzi Weidner, Hawaii
March 30, 2017

2017 MPSF Women's Swimming & Diving Awards

2017 MPSF Men's Swimming & Diving Awards

2017 MPSF SWIMMER OF THE YEAR FRANZISKA WEIDNER • JUNIOR • HAWAII

University of Hawaii junior Franziska Weidner (Nurenberg, Germany) becomes the first back-to-back MPSF Women's Swimmer of the Year. She is the MPSF Champion in the 200 IM with a conference and facility record time (1:56.32), as well as in the 200 Free (1:46.67), and 100 Free (48.88--one-hundredth of a second off the conference record), helping UH to the team title. Her 200 IM took down the East Los Angeles College facility record set in 1979. Weidner was also a member of the winning 200, 400 (MPSF record 3:19.03), and 800 Free Relays, and the second-place 400 Medley Relay. An NCAA Championship qualifier in three events, Weidner recorded a 29th-place 200 IM, 33rd-place100 free, and 40th-place 200 free. A four-time conference athlete of the week selection this year, Weidner is the third-straight and third all-time MPSF Women's Swimmer of the Year from Hawaii (Weidner-2016; Jasmine Alkhaldi-2015).

2017 MPSF FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR HEAVEN QUINTANA • FRESHMAN • UCSB

UC Santa Barbara freshman Heaven Quintana (Granite Bay, CA/Granite Bay HS) won four MPSF titles in her first collegiate season. She was the individual champion with a pair of NCAA `B' cuts in the 200 Fly (1:58.73) and 100 Fly (52.69), while swimming on the winning 200 and 400 medley relay teams. Her splits in each relay were the fastest in the meet. She also swam a leg for the second-place 200 free relay, giving her a total of five all-conference honors. Quintana won two events at the A3 Invitational, taking the 100 Fly and 100 Breast. She was named MPSF Athlete of the Week on January 25, following an incredible seven wins at UNLV. Quintana is the second MPSF Freshman of the Year from UCSB (Katie Records, 2012).

2017 MPSF DIVER OF THE YEAR MADISON STHAMANN • JUNIOR • HAWAII

University of Hawaii junior Madison Sthamann (Balgonie, Saskatchewan, Canada/LSU) makes it a perfect five-for-five for the Rainbow Wahine in earning MPSF Women's Diver of the Year honors, following Aimee Harrison's four-year run. Sthamann is this year's MPSF Three-Meter and Platform Champion, earning first team all-conference on each board. She was also a second-team honoree on the one-meter. On the final day of the MPSF Championships, Sthamann recorded an MPSF record platform score of 313.90, helping UH to the team title. She went on to place second on platform and 12th on three-meter at the NCAA Zone Championships. Sthamann was the only MPSF female diver to qualify for the NCAA's, where she placed 21st on Platform and 49th on three-meter.

2017 MPSF SWIM COACH OF THE YEAR DAN SCHEMMEL • FIRST YEAR • HAWAII

University of Hawaii Head Coach Dan Schemmel guided the Rainbow Wahine to an MPSF Championship in his first season at the helm of the program. Hawaii won a championship-high 11 titles (four in record fashion), accounting for over half of the 21 possible gold medals. At the NCAA Championships, two-time MPSF Swimmer of the Year Franziska Weidner took 33rd and Bryndis Hansen 48th in the 100 free. Weidner recorded two other top-40 swims at NCAA's, placing 29th in the 200 IM and 40th in the 200 free. Hansen finished 38th in the 200 free. Prior to his hire at UH in July, 2016, Schemmel spent the five seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin. He helped guide both the men's and women's teams to success on the conference and national levels. Both programs spent the entire 2014-15 season ranked in the top 25 nationally. The women's team took home a total of seven Big Ten titles, and eight swimmers earned NCAA All-America honors.

2017 MPSF DIVING CO-COACH OF THE YEAR MIKE BROWN • 16TH YEAR • HAWAII

University of Hawaii Diving Coach Mike Brown, in his 16th year, led the Rainbow Wahine to another successful show at the MPSF Championships. MPSF Diver of the Year Madison Sthamann won both the three-meter and platform events, while Monica Gavaris took the one-meter title in helping Hawaii to the overall team championship. Sthamann proceeded to win the silver on platform and was 12th on three-meter at the NCAA Zone E Championships, en route to being the only MPSF Diver to qualify for the NCAA's. There, she placed 21st on Platform and 49th on three-meter. In all, the UH women collected four first team and eight second team all-conference diving selections. Brown and Co-Coach Anita Rossing have won all five MPSF Women's Diving Coach of the Year honors. During that stretch since 2013, Rainbow Wahine Divers have collected a remarkable 31 out of a possible 45 first team All-MPSF selections, and all five diver of the year awards.

2017 MPSF DIVING CO-COACH OF THE YEAR ANITA ROSSING • 16TH YEAR • HAWAII

University of Hawaii Diving Coach Anita Rossing, in her 16th year, led the Rainbow Wahine to another successful show at the MPSF Championships. MPSF Diver of the Year Madison Sthamann won both the three-meter and platform events, while Monica Gavaris took the one-meter title in helping Hawaii to the overall team championship. Sthamann proceeded to win the silver on platform and was 12th on three-meter at the NCAA Zone E Championships, en route to being the only MPSF Diver to qualify for the NCAA's. There, she placed 21st on Platform and 49th on three-meter. In all, the UH women collected four first team and eight second team all-conference diving selections. Rossing and Co-Coach Mike Brown have won all five MPSF Women's Diving Coach of the Year honors. During that stretch since 2013, Rainbow Wahine Divers have collected a remarkable 31 out of a possible 45 first team All-MPSF selections, and all five diver of the year awards.

2017 MPSF SWIMMER OF THE YEAR METIN AYDIN • SOPHOMORE • HAWAII

University of Hawaii sophomore Metin Aydin (Cologne, Germany/Grand Valley State) turned in a remarkable year, particularly in the postseason. He won the 200 IM, 200 Back, 200 Medley Relay, and 400 Medley relay at the MPSF Championships. He was also second in the 100 Back, and third in the 800 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay. Aydin recorded three top-20 swims at the NCAA Championships, placing 15th in the 200 IM, 19th in the 100 Back, and 18th in the 200 Back. He broke the UH school records in the 100 Back, 200 Back, 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 Medley Relay, and 400 Medley Relay throughout the year. He was a three-time MPSF Athlete of the week this year, one of which was earned after being the high-point swimmer at the A3 Invitational (Nov. 23). Aydin is the second MPSF Men's Swimmer of the Year from Hawaii (Victor Goicoechea, 2014).

2017 MPSF FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR ERIC MUIR • FRESHMAN • BYU

Brigham Young University freshman diver Eric Muir (Mesa, AZ/Skyline HS) collected the highest point total for any first-year athlete at the MPSF Championships, regardless of swimmer or diver. Muir posted the one-meter conference title (347.90), took second on the platform (323.30), and fourth on the three-meter (356.40), giving him all-conference honors in each event (first team selection on one-meter and platform). Other first-year highlights for Muir included a first-place finish on the three-meter and a third-place finish in the one-meter against Grand Canyon, as well as a second-place finish in the 1-meter at the Colorado Mesa Intermountain Shootout. Muir is BYU's second MPSF Freshman of the Year (Payton Sorenson, 2013).

2017 MPSF DIVER OF THE YEAR JOHAN SANDELL • SOPHOMORE • HAWAII

University of Hawaii sophomore Johan Sandell (Huddinge, Sweden) won the platform event at the MPSF Championships (404.40), placed third on the three-meter (386.90) and fourth on the one-meter (321.60), giving him all-conference honors on all three boards (first-team selection on platform and three-meter). He finished third on three-meter, sixth on platform and 12th on one-meter at the NCAA Zone E Championships, en route to being the only MPSF Diver to qualify in all three events for the 2017 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. He proceeded to finish 33rd on Platform, 37th on one-meter, and 41st on three-meter at the NCAA's. Sandell is the fourth consecutive MPSF Diver of the Year from Hawaii, following Amund Gismervik's previous three.

2017 MPSF SWIM COACH OF THE YEAR MATT MACEDO • FIRST YEAR • UCSB

UC Santa Barbara Head Coach Matt Macedo picks up MPSF Swim Coach of the Year honors in his initial year. He coached the Gauchos to their first-ever MPSF Championship out of the seven years the meet has been contested. Setting the tone immediately, UCSB set a school and MPSF Championship record on opening night of this year's meet, when the 800 free relay team of Dylan Kubick, Billy Mullis, Logan Hotchkiss, and Eric Van Brocklin finished in 6:21.50. The same night, UCSB broke its 200 medley relay school record in 1:26.46. The Gauchos matched a 2017 conference-high six men's titles at this year's championship, en route to their team championship. UCSB men also earned four conference athlete of the week honors this year---three by 100 Back and 800 Free Relay MPSF Champion Mullis. Prior to being named head coach, Macedo was an Associate Head Coach for UCSB since July, 2014.

2017 MPSF DIVING CO-COACH OF THE YEAR MIKE BROWN • 17TH YEAR • HAWAII

University of Hawaii Diving Coach Mike Brown, in his 17th year, led the Warriors to another successful showing at the MPSF Championships in Pasadena. Sophomore MPSF Diver of the Year Johan Sandell was the conference platform champion, and was the lone MPSF Diver to qualify on all three boards at the NCAA Championships. He placed 37th on one-meter, 41st on three-meter and 33rd on platform at the NCAA's. Sandell also placed in the top-three on the three-meter at the Zone E Championships. In all, the Hawaii men collected five all-conference diving selections (Sandell-3; Grant Newcombe-2). This is the second MPSF Men's Diving Coach of the Year honor for Brown and Co-Coach Anita Rossing (2014).

2017 MPSF DIVING CO-COACH OF THE YEAR ANITA ROSSING • 16TH YEAR • HAWAII

University of Hawaii Diving Coach Anita Rossing, in her 16th year, led the Warriors to another successful showing at the MPSF Championships in Pasadena. Sophomore MPSF Diver of the Year Johan Sandell was the conference platform champion, and was the lone MPSF Diver to qualify on all three boards at the NCAA Championships. He placed 37th on one-meter, 41st on three-meter and 33rd on platform at the NCAA's. Sandell also placed in the top-three on the three-meter at the Zone E Championships. In all, the Hawaii men collected five all-conference diving selections (Sandell-3; Grant Newcombe-2). This is the second MPSF Men's Diving Coach of the Year honor for Rossing and Co-Coach Mike Brown (2014).