Jan. 24, 2007
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force senior Chris Knaute was named Mountain West Conference men's swimmer of the week, announced today by the conference office. The honor is Knaute's third of the 2006-07 season and seventh of his career.
Knaute, from Houston, Texas, led Air Force to a 175-125 win past two-time defending MWC champions UNLV last week, leaving the Falcons as the only undefeated men's team in league action at 2-0. He posted four wins against the Rebels, clocking a 1:53.03 in the 200 butterfly, a 4:38.38 in the 500 free and a 9:46.25 in the 1,000 free. He also anchored the winning 400 free relay to a 3:05.60 before posting a 1:40.80 in the 200 free against Denver. He was also on the winning 200 free relay team (1:24.30) in the win over the Pioneers to give the Falcons a 12-1 dual record.
Knaute also took home the honor in back-to-back weeks in November.
Wyoming earned three of four Mountain West Conference Swimmer and Diver of the Week awards, sweeping the women's side with sophomore Aimee Stinson receiving swimming honors and senior Saara Haapanen earning diving plaudits. For the men, Cowboy senior Kevin Bretting was named the MWC diver of the week.
Stinson, a Colorado Springs, Colo., native, led the Cowgirls to dual meet wins past Washington and UNLV last week to improve Wyoming to 6-0 on the season and the best start in school history. She won five events, including every distance freestyle race. Against Washington, Stinson won the 500 free in 5:06.49 and the 1,000 free in 10:38.03, while helping the 400 free relay to a 3:34.97 win. Against the Rebels, she again won the 500 and 1,0000 freestyles in respective times of 5:08.58 and 10:37.45.
Haapanen, from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, won all four diving events last week, setting a pool record against Washington. She posted a 289.57 in the one-meter dive for a new Corbett Pool mark, breaking a record that had stood since 1990. She then posted a 275.32 win in the three-meter event. In the Cowgirls' MWC win past UNLV, Haapanen won the one-meter with a 271.73 and the three-meter with a 286.13.
Bretting, a Loveland, Colo., native, turned in the second best three-meter score in school history with a 367.42 against Washington, which is also the top score in the league this season. He also won the event against UNLV with a 360.23 and finished second in the one-meter dive with a 295.73.