This week’s Missouri Valley Conference Swimmer and Diver of the Week is Jordan Hawkins of Missouri State and Katie Janonis of Illinois State.
Missouri State swimmer Jordan Hawkins was the lead leg in the Bears’ winning 400 freestyle relay that beat both Arkansas and Denver in a double dual meet Saturday. Her split time of 52.97 is a season-best for the sophomore. Hawkins also won the 100 freestyle in a time of 53.15, edging Arkansas’ Summer Jackson by just .01 of a second. The Choctaw, Okla., native anchored MSU’s 400 medley relay that beat Denver in a time of 3:57.97. Hawkins also added a third-place finish in the 50 freestyle (24.75).
Katie Janonis is the MVC Diver of the Week. The Mt. Prospect, Ill., native tallied her career-best score of 241.15 in the 1-meter diving event giving her a second-place finish. Janonis followed the effort up with a score of 233.95 on the the 3-meter board, which tied her for third in the event. The FAU Invitational was Janonis first diving contest since Dec. 1-3 at the SummaCare Invitational in Akron, Ohio. For her efforts in that meet, finishing in the the top-10 of both the 1-meter and 3-meter, Janonis was named MVC Diver of the Week (Dec. 5).
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