Vikings sweep MWC Swimmer of the Week honors

Lawrence's Akio Yamamoto, pictured, and teammate Eryn Blagg swept the Midwest Conference Swimmer of the Week honors.
Lawrence's Akio Yamamoto, pictured, and teammate Eryn Blagg swept the Midwest Conference Swimmer of the Week honors.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University swimming standouts Eryn Blagg and Akio Yamamoto have swept Midwest Conference Swimmer of the Week honors.

Blagg (Omaha, Neb./Millard West), a senior, and Yamamoto (Wajima, Japan/Waseda University), a junior, won the awards in the wake of their performances at the Fun In The Sun Classic in Venice, Fla. 

Blagg won two individual events and contributed to a winning relay team in Lawrence's 95-34 rout of Austin College. Blagg recorded the sixth-fastest time in the Midwest Conference in winning the 100-yard individual medley in 1:09.60. She also teamed with Mandy Marsh, Erin Lengel and Lizzy Garcia to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:49.85. Blagg also posted a second-place finish in the 50 freestyle in 27.06 seconds.

This was Blagg's first MWC Swimmer of the Week honor.

Yamamoto captured the award after winning an individual event and sparking a winning relay team as the Vikings were edged 77-52 by Austin.

Yamamoto took first in the 50-yard butterfly in 25.53 seconds, and he teamed with Anton Hutchinson, Travis Charlow and Tom Goldberg to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:35.88. Yamamoto also swam to third in the 50 freestyle in 23.90 seconds and was part of the 200 medley relay team that placed second in 1:46.19. 

This also is the first MWC Swimmer of the Week honor for Yamamoto.

Lawrence is taking a break for the holidays and returns to action on Jan. 6 when the Vikings host UW-Oshkosh at Boldt Natatorium.