TAMPA, Fla. - University of Tampa swimmer Jessie Bardin has been honored for the second consecutive week as the National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week (NCSW) by collegeswimming.com. Teammate Tyler Furrer earned the same award as the men's swimmer of the week, marking the first for Furrer.
Bardin, a freshman from St. Petersburg (Northeast HS), led the Spartans to a second place finish at the Delta State Invitational in Cleveland, Miss. Bardin made the national cut in the 200 freestyle (1:51.53) while also breaking the pool record in the event. She achieved another NCAA cut in the 500 freestyle (5:03.71) while cruising to a first place finish. Her final cut of the meet came in another first place finish in the 100 freestyle (52.01).
Furrer, a freshman from Gig Harbor, Wash., led the Spartan men to a second place at the annual Delta State Christmas Invitational. Furrer had three NCAA qualifying times on the weekend. His lone victory was accompanied by a NCAA "A" cut in the 1650 freestyle (15:50.68). His distance dominance continued with a second place time in the 500 freestyle (4:36.63) and his lead-off leg on the 800 freestyle relay (1:43.52) with both times being NCAA "B" cut times.
"This is a great honor and I am ecstatic with the entire freshman class," says head coach Ed Brennan. "They have responded well and are true believers of this program. I love working with Jessie and Tyler and they are great individuals to coach. We are lucky to have them on the team."