SouthtownStar Athletes On Campus: Kyler Van Swol swims to honor for Minnesota
By Mike Walsh For Sun-Times Media February 21, 2014 3:50PM
Kyler Van Swol swims for Minnesota. | Supplied photo
Updated: February 23, 2014 2:16AM
Kyler Van Swol was named the Big Ten’s Men’s Swimmer of the Week for the period ending Jan. 28.
Van Swol, a senior at Minnesota, recorded three first-place finishes as the Golden Gophers defeated North Carolina State 192-159 in a dual meet in Minneapolis.
The Frankfort native, who has won the Big Ten’s Swimmer of the Week on four occasions during his career, swims the backstroke and butterfly for Minnesota.
Against the Wolfpack, Van Swol was first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 46.90 seconds and first in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1 minute, 44.85 seconds. In addition, the Lincoln-Way North graduate also was a member of the winning 400 relay team (2:56.74).
Van Swol previously won the Big Ten’s Men’s Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 6, 2012.
Jacob Knowles (Lockport), who swims for South Dakota, was named the Summit League’s Men’s Swimmer of the Week for the period ending Nov. 19.
Knowles, a freshman, was recognized for the first time in his career as he recorded five individual top-three finishes.
In a dual Nov. 14 at Wisconsin-Green Bay, Knowles was second in the 200 breaststroke (2:12.06) and third in the 50 free (22.54).
In the “Border Battle” hosted by Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Knowles was first in both the 100 breaststroke (59.90) and the 200 breaststroke (2:13.04). Knowles also was a member of two of the Coyotes’ top-three relay teams on the week.
Lexus is driven
Valparaiso point guard Lexus Williams was named the Horizon League’s Men’s Basketball Freshman of the Week for the period ending Dec. 1.
Williams, a Marist grad, was an integral contributor in the Crusaders’ 85-70 win over Central Florida, a 117-108 loss to Mercer and a 94-58 victory over Cincinnati Christian.
The Chicagoan scored in double figures in all three games. Williams opened the week with 10 points and four assists against Central Florida before scoring 15 points against Mercer. Against Cincinnati Christian, Williams had 11 points and eight rebounds.
Through 28 games this season, Williams made 19 starts. He led the Crusaders in assists (71) and steals (31), while being tied for second in free-throw percentage (80 percent, 48-of-60). Williams was third in three-pointers (25) and fourth in scoring (7.2 ppg). He had a team-best 22 points in a 78-70 Horizon League victory Jan. 15 at Detroit.
Kudos for Olivier
Eastern Illinois’ Chris Olivier was chosen the Adidas/Ohio Valley Conference Co-Newcomer of the Week for the period ending Dec. 30.
The 6-foot-8 junior forward tipped in the winning basket with 1.8 seconds to play as the Panthers posted a 70-69 comeback win over visiting Tennessee State to begin conference competition.
Olivier (Seton) finished the game with 14 points on 7-of-15 shooting and also had 15 rebounds and three blocked shots.
With EIU trailing by 10 with less than four minutes remaining, Olivier totaled six points and three rebounds the rest of the way as the Panthers snapped a losing streak at six.
For his efforts, Olivier also was chosen EIU’s Men’s Student-Athlete of the Week for the same time period.