Miller Nabs Big 12 Swimmer of the Week Honor
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas swimmer Chelsie Miller was one of four Big 12 student-athletes honored by the league office for recent success, earning the conference’s women’s swimmer of the week award Wednesday. Miller remained undefeated in the 500-yard freestyle and won four events while leading the Jayhawks to the top of the leaderboard at the Kansas Classic (Nov. 21-23).
On the eve of the beginning of the USA Winter Nationals, where she burst onto the national scene a season ago to win her first-career weekly conference honor, Miller joined West Virginia’s Andrew Marsh (men’s swimmer of the week), Texas’ Mark Anderson (men’s diver of the week) and Texas’ Emma Ivory-Ganja (women’s diver of the week) as the league’s top performers as voted on by coaches.
“We’re really happy for Chelsie,” Kansas head coach Clark Campbell said. “This is reflective of what she’s done that last couple weeks, most recently what she did at the Kansas Classic. She put up a lot of good races and we hope to continue that momentum at USA Nationals.”
Miller’s second career weekly conference honor comes after she ran her 500-yard freestyle winning streak to six meets when she turned in an in-season, personal-best 4:55.16 in the finals of the Kansas Classic – one of four events won as an individual during the three-day meet at Topeka’s Capitol Federal Natatorium.
Additionally, Miller helped the Kansas ‘A’ Relay set a new meet record (7:30.62) in the 800-yard freestyle relay.
Last year’s swimmer of the meet at the Big 12 Championships, Miller has two times among the nation’s top-100, including the 1000-yard freestyle (10:09.75) and 400-yard individual medley (4:21.90).
Miller is one of four Jayhawks set to compete among the nations’ best professional and amateur swimmers in Greensboro, N.C., during the USA Winter Nationals meet. She’ll open the meet Thursday with the 200-yard individual medley, followed Friday by the 400-yard individual medley, an even she finished second in at last year’s meet. Miller will close the meet Saturday with the 1650-yard freestyle.
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