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Caleb Howell & Micah McRea, Cecilie Jensen awarded BGM Swimmer of the Week

Senior  Caleb Howell (Easley, S.C.) received his third Bluegrass Mountain Conference Male Swimmer of the Week Award after his performance in C-N's tri-meet against Emmanuel and SCAD on Jan. 18 in Franklin Springs, Georgia.

Howell won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:51.92 and the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:02.95.

He also placed second in 100-yard breaststroke at a time of 56.77.

His performances led C-N to a combined victory over the Bees and Lions in the team's final regular season event before Conference Championships and National Championships. 

"To win those events it is all about consistency when it comes to warming up, getting mentally focused and just implementing my race plans, Howell said. "Those two events are what I train for every day. I know if I let autopilot take over, I'll have a good swim."

It is the third time in Howell's career that he has received the honor, the trio of laurels have all come this season. Howell previously won the award for the weeks of Nov.11 to Nov.17, 2019 and Sept 30 th to Oct. 6 th, 2019.

"To be recognized for a third time this year seems unreal," Howell said. "Getting the recognition so many times shows how my hard work and reliability when it comes to racing is impressing the coaches throughout the conference so I am more than happy to be swimmer of the week for the third time."

Howell and the Eagles next march to Charlotte, North Carolina for the BMC Conference Championships from Feb. 13 to Feb. 16.

The team will then conclude its season from Mar. 11 to Mar. 14. 2020 in Geneva, Ohio at the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving National Championships.

"Going into conference and nationals, I believe this sets me up to be the one to look at," Howell said. "I think coaches and swimmers will be looking to see what I can do at these championship meets, if I can swim my fastest swims of the season and hopefully the fastest of my career… This award is a confidence boost that I am doing what I need to do to leave my mark at Carson-Newman." 


 

Junior  CJ Jensen (Copenhagen, Denmark) has been named the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Female Swimmer of the Week Award after her performance in C-N's tri-meet against Emmanuel and SCAD on Jan. 18 in Franklin Springs, Georgia.

Jensen won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:08.32 and the 200-yard butterfly in 2:04.45.

She also led off the winning 200-yard medley relay for the Eagles. 

"I have been working a lot on pace and race strategy lately and I think that has definitely helped me a lot," Jensen said. "I have been doing longer distances in fly in order to have a better endurance for the 200-yard fly especially, and it's just great to see the hard work pay off." 

Her performances led C-N to a combined victory over the Bees and Lions in the team's final regular season event before Conference Championships and National Championships.

The Eagles women defeated SCAD 184-75 and beat Emmanuel 198-64.

It is the first time in Jensen's career that she has received the honor.

"It feels really good to be recognized by our conference," Jensen said. "I think it's super important for our team that we have gotten so many conference swimmers of the week this year and I think other teams are starting to notice us a lot more."

Jensen and the Eagles next march to Charlotte, North Carolina for the BMC Conference Championships from Feb. 13 to Feb. 16.

The team will then conclude its season from Mar. 11 to Mar. 14. 2020 in Geneva, Ohio at the NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving National Championships.

"This is definitely a confidence boost towards going to Conference and Nationals," Jensen said. "I still have some small things I need to improve on but I am super excited to see how our team is going to do finishing off this great season."


 

The Bluegrass Mountain Conference announced Lenoir-Rhyne freshman  Micah McRea as the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Swimmer of the Week for the week of January 18 th. This is McRea second swimmer of the week award on the year.
 
This past week saw McRea win three events in the tri-meet with Catawba and Wingate. McRea won the 100 and 200 Breast before finishing his night with the victory in the 400 IM.