Six Britons Gain MIAA Athlete of the Week Awards

Six Britons Gain MIAA Athlete of the Week Awards

Six Albion College student-athletes – diver Jake Burris, swimmers Len Ciemniecki and Amanda Quitos, distance runners Kiehl Smith and Cassie Vince and thrower Andrew Strzelecki – were recognized by the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association for their performances last week.

Burris, a junior from Chelsea, Mich., was named the league's Men's Diver of the Week for the third time this season after achieving his best score of the season, 303.40, on the way to taking first place in 3-meter diving during a dual meet against Calvin College last Saturday.

Ciemniecki's 21.17-second anchor split carried Albion to a come-from-behind win the 200-yard medley relay, and it generated the momentum the Britons needed to upset 14th-ranked Calvin. The sophomore who prepped at Seaholm High School also took first place in the sprint freestyle events. He edged Calvin's Jared Britton in the 50 –yard event by five hundredths of a second and the Knights' Max DeYoung by seventh tenths of a second in the 100.

A first-year swimmer from Grand Blanc, Mich., Quitos scored a first-place finish in the 200 breaststroke, added a runner-up finish to teammate Kathryn Henning in the 100 breatstroke and achieved the fastest 50 freestyle split in the MIAA during the dual meet against Calvin.

Smith, a sophomore from Jonesville, Mich., holds the ninth-fastest time in Division III in the men's 800 meters this season after completing his race in Grand Valley State University's Bob Eubanks Open in a school-record time of 1:56.48 last Friday.

Vince, a junior from Amherst, Ohio, holds the second-fastest time in Division III in the women's 3,000 meters with a school-record time of 9:44.53 in the Bob Eubanks Open.

Strzelecki, a senior from Waterford, Mich., who prepped at Our Lady of the Lakes, won the weight throw with an effort of 50' 3 ½" in a dual meet against Calvin last Thursday. The school record currently places him third in the MIAA and ninth in the Great Lakes region.

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