Congratulations to last week’s Appalachian Swimming Conference Swimmer of the Week, freshman Talia Sola from Madrid, Spain.
Sola led the way as the Golden Tigers competed at the Birmingham Southern Relay Meet on Oct. 19. She kicked off her leg of the women’s 3×100-yard backstroke relay in a time of 58.02 seconds, breaking Brenau’s previous 100-yard backstroke record of 58.10 set by Michelle Billeaud in December 2011, officially ranking her first in the ASC and unofficially first in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Sola continued to dominate in the backstroke by leading off Brenau’s 1:50.97 victory in the 200-yard medley relay with a split of 27.00.
Brenau’s Courtney Hayward from Townsville, Australia, has been selected as Swimmer of the Week for the Appalachian Swimming Conference. Hayward led the way as the Golden Tigers swam to a second-place finish at the Converse Women’s Invitational. The freshman captured first in the 1650 freestyle (17:56.93), the 400 individual medley (4:46.49), and the 500 Freestyle (5:22.7). She also placed second in the 200 individual medley (2:19.93); all four of her individual swims qualify her for the NAIA National Championship Meet. Hayward also competed on two relays, splitting 26.24 on the third place 200 freestyle relay and 57.10 on the third place 400 freestyle relay.
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The Southern States Athletic Conference Brenau University named Golden Tigers cross country runner Brittany Aikens the Runner of the Week for her performance during the week of Oct. 7. Aikens, who is from Braselton, Ga., took second place at the Point University Invitational on Friday, October 11 in Lanett, Ala. Her time was 19:45 for the women’s 5K and Brittany’s performance lead her team to an impressive first place finish with a team score of 35 points.
For more information on the cross country team, including more news and schedules, visit the team’s page.
Brittany Aikens has been named Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Runner of the Week for the week of Sept. 23. Aikens, a junior from Braselton, Georgia, finished fourth out of 51 runners at the Jaguar Classic at Augusta State University with a time of 25:37. The 6K race was a first for Aikens as a collegiate runner and her showing led her team to a second place finish.
For more information on the cross country team, like news and schedules, visit the team’s page.
Tori Brown has been named Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 23.
The Windermere, Florida native recorded six saves and allowed only one goal in a clean sweep over Spring Hill College and the No.17 – ranked University of Mobile. Her shutout against Spring Hill was her second shutout of the season.
Brenau University’s Esther Anyanwu has been named the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 23.
Anyanwu was chosen out of a pool of conference, independent and unaffiliated group award winners.
The senior forward from Lagos, Nigeria, was responsible for five of the six goals scored by Brenau last week. The forward, who was also named NAIA Offensive Player of the Week during the 2012 season, recorded her second hat trick of the season, netting all three goals in the Tigers’ 3-0 win against Spring Hill (Ala.) last Friday. Her other two goals came approximately 24 hours later against then – No. 17 Mobile (Ala.). Anyanwu opened the scoring in the second minute with a 22-yard strike before burying the eventual game-winner in the 38th minute on a penalty kick. She currently ranks third in the NAIA in goals (11) and seventh in total points (24).
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