Feb. 14, 2012
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Purdue swimmers Samantha Feulner and Alex Carmack teamed up for four individual wins at the Ohio State Winter Invite, earning weekly recognition from the Big Ten Conference for their victorious performances.
Feulner was named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week and Carmack was selected as the Freshman of the Week.
Feulner swept the freestyle sprints, winning the 50 (23.92), 100 (51.95) and 200 (1:54.98, prelims) while posting new personal season-best times in all three events. She improved on her morning preliminary times in both the 50 and 100, events she won at the OSU Winter Invite for the second year in a row. The sophomore was also recognized as the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week for her performances in Columbus a year ago.
Carmack won the 100 breaststroke (1:05.94) Saturday for her first collegiate individual victory. She followed that up with a second-place finish to teammate Megan Roach in the 200 breast (2:21.16) Sunday. Both of Carmack's times were personal season bests.
Feulner joins Amy Katz as Boilers to win Big Ten Swimmer of the Week honors this season. Katz was recognized after a strong showing at the season-opening Indiana Intercollegiates in October.
Carmack is the first Purdue female freshman to be honored this season. Diver Jamie Bissett and swimmer Guillermo Blanco garnered Freshman of the Week recognition on the men's side last month. It is an honor that was added to the Big Ten's weekly awards program for swimming and diving in mid-December, meaning the award was not in the mix was Katz was the Swimmer of the Week in October.
The Big Ten Championships begin Wednesday evening in Iowa City and run through Saturday.