Joao De Lucca
Nov. 20, 2012
Sophomore Joao De Lucca of Louisville was named BIG EAST Athlete of the Week in men's swimming and diving and classmate Tanja Kylliainen of Louisville earned BIG EAST Athlete of the Week honors in women's swimming and diving in the fifth weekly awards of the 2012-13 season.
De Lucca helped Louisville's men's team win the Purdue Invitational with four individual first-place finishes. The three-day meet went from Nov. 16 to Nov. 18 and featured Cincinnati, Michigan, Missouri State, Purdue, Southern Illinois and Utah. The sophomore posted the fastest times in the country in the 50-and 100-yard freestyles with marks of 19.81 and 42.69 respectively. He also claimed the 100 butterfly in 48.32 and the 200 freestyle in 1:36.73 and was a member of the 200 medley relay that placed first in 1:28.21
Kylliainen claimed three first-place finishes to help the Cardinals place second in the Purdue Invitational. The sophomore posted national top-10 times in the country in three events. She won the 200 individual medley in 1:59.54, the 400 individual medley in 4:10.24 and the 200 fly in 1:56.95.
The 2012-13 Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week honors will be awarded throughout the season when at least half of the teams are participating. The next weekly awards will be announced on Dec. 4.
Notes From Around the League:
Louisville and Notre Dame ranked No. 17 and No. 21 respectively in the Nov. 13 women's CSCAA coaches' poll. The Fighting Irish and Cardinals ranked No. 18 and No. 23 nationally in the men's Nov. 6 CSCAA coaches' poll.
Junior Joao De Lucca of Louisville has the two fastest times in the country in the 50 and 100 freestyles with marks of 19.81 and 42.69 respectively. Louisville sophomore Caryle Blondell, has the third best time in both those events with a mark of 19.90 in the 50 freestyle and 43.16 in the 100 freestyle.
The Louisville men's 200 freestyle relay squad has the fastest time in the country with a mark of 1:18.48. The men's 400 freestyle relay team is third in the country at 2:53.05.
Freshman Kelsi Worrell of Louisville has the third best mark in the 100 fly with a time of 53.02.
The Louisville men's 200 medley team finished in 1:28.21, recording the fourth fastest time and the 400 medley squad swam in 3:15.26, which is the sixth best time in the country.