The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) released their Athlete of the Week awards for the week of January 11-17 and Roanoke College swimmers Kimberly Large and Ben Tate were named Women’s and Men’s Swimmer of the Week by the conference.
Large, a sophomore from Abingdon, Va., kicked off her season with two individual event wins and a pair of relay victories as Roanoke opened with a 107-98 dual meet triumph over Lynchburg. Large posted ODAC-best times in winning the 50-yard freestyle (0:24.72) and the 100-yard butterfly (0:59.06). Those times rank 19th and eighth in the early NCAA Division III rankings. She also helped her teammates to first place showings in the 400-yard medley (4:08.01) and 400-yard freestyle (3:46.63) relays. The Maroons medley time ranks fifth in the country.
Tate, a junior from Boones Mill, Va., stood at the center of podium four times in the Maroons season-opening 153-52 dual meet triumph over Lynchburg. Tate posted a pair of NCAA Division III top-50 times in winning the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.29) and 100-yard butterfly (0:53.05) in his two individual events. He also helped his teammates to wins in teh 400-yard medley (3:35.91) and 400-yard freestyle (3:11.98) relays.