For the first time in her collegiate career, Calvin College junior Emily Gunderson has been named the MIAA Women's Swimmer of the Week.
A native of Ann Arbor and a graduate of Ann Arbor Pioneer High School, Gunderson had a standout weekend in leading the Calvin women's swimming and diving team to a third place finish at the Calvin Winter Invitational this past weekend.
Gunderson had three personal best performances during the meet highlighted by her time of 23.60 as the leadoff leg of Calvin's 200 freestyle relay team that finished third with a time of 1:34.88. Her 50 free time currently rankes 13th nationally while the relay time ranks seventh.
In the 50 freestyle race itself, she placed ninth with a time of 23.83.
In the 100 backstroke, she clocked a personal best time of 57.86 that was good for sixth place individually. The time ranks 37th nationally.
In the 100 butterfly, she had a season best time of 59.25 that was good for 17th place individually. In addition, she had the leadoff leg of Calvin's 400 freestyle relay that placed third in a time of 3:32.21. Her lead-off time of 53.18 was a personal best while the relay time ranks 14th nationally.
Over the course of the weekend, Calvin posted a third place team score of 1,430 points, trailing only Division II Grand Valley State (1,662 points) and Northern Michigan (1,610 points). The Calvin women's swimming and diving team is currently ranked 20th nationally.