Colonial Athletic Association announces weekly and monthly S&D awards


Courtesy: CAA Sports

RICHMOND, Virginia (November 9, 2021) – The CAA has recognized its weekly winners in men’s swimming and diving as well as the top freshmen for the months of September and October.

UNCW freshman Jacob Duracinsky was honored as male swimmer of the week, while male diver of the week honors went to Towson junior Ajani Dorner. Delaware junior Mira sale and James Madison in second year Jessica pryne shared the female swimmer of the week accolades, while the second-year JMU Lexi lehman was named female diver of the week.

The CAA also recognized the top first-year artists during the months of September and October. UNCW Aidan duffy was chosen as the Men’s Rookie Swimmer of the Month, UNCW Brooke Knisely was named Rookie Female Swimmer of the Month and JMU Alexa holloway was selected as Rookie Female Diver of the Month.

CAA Male Swimmer of the Week
Jacob Duracinsky, Fr., UNCW (Holly Springs, NC / Southern Wake Academy)

Duracinsky won two events, was part of two second-place relay teams and was third as UNCW beat both Delaware and William & Mary in the CAA Pod meet last weekend. The rookie won the 200 IM in 1: 51.53, which is the league’s fastest this season, and also won gold in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1: 41.34. He was part of the second-place teams in the 400 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay, and recorded the CAA 100 fastest free time (45.33) in the relay.

CAA Female Co-swimmer of the Week
Jessica Pryne, So., James Madison (Cornwall, NY / Cornwall Central)
Pryne excelled in four events to help conference top contenders James Madison, UNCW, Delaware and William & Mary at last weekend’s CAA Pod meet. The sophomore won gold in the 400 IM with a time of 4: 22.29, which set a UNCW pool record, was the fastest in the conference this year and placed 7th.e in the history of JMU. She also placed first in the 500 free with a conference best time of 5: 00.71. Pryne was second in the 200 IM (2: 04.64) and was JMU’s best player in the 200 butterfly (2: 06.05).

CAA Female Co-swimmer of the Week
Mira Selling, Jr., Delaware (Dresden, Germany / Sportschule Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn)
The sale took the top spot and set pool records in three events when the CAA Pods meet last week with JMU, UNCW and William & Mary. The junior finished first in the 200 IM with a pool record of 2: 03.92 which was the fastest in the league. She set another pool record with a first place in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1: 49.88, which is the CAA’s fastest at almost three seconds. Selling capped off the weekend by winning the 200 butterfly by more than two seconds with a pool record and CAA best time of 2: 02.39.

CAA Male Diver of the Week
Ajani Dorner, Jr., Towson (Easton, PA / Easton area)

Dorner brushed off both boards when Towson met local rival UMBC last week. The junior scored 274.87 on the 1-meter board, winning the event by almost 20 points. He also won the 3-meter competition with a score of 262.80.

CAA Female Diver of the Week
Lexi Lehman, So., James Madison (Orefield, PA / Parkland)

Lehman secured a first and second place as JMU went 3-0 in their CAA Pod encounter with Delaware, UNCW and William & Mary. The runner-up won the 3-yard competition with an NCAA zone qualifying score of 293.40. Lehman placed second in the 1-meter table with a personal best score of 255.90.

CAA Rookie Swimmer of the Month
Aidan Duffy, Fr., UNCW (Richmond, Virginia / Douglas Freeman)

In his debut against ACC opponents Duke and Boston College, Duffy has placed in the CAA’s top-four five times this season. Her time of 1: 52.77 in the 200 IM was the best in the conference, while her 400 IM time of 4: 02.94 was second. Duffy also posted the fourth fastest times in the 500 freestyle (4: 43.83), 100 breaststroke (57.71) and 200 breaststroke (2: 05.12).

CAA Rookie Swimmer of the Month
Brooke Knisely, R-Fr., UNCW (Richmond, Virginia / Douglas Freeman)

Knisely posted two fifth places in the 500 and 1000 freestyle against Tennessee, with a time of 5: 12.96 placing fourth in the CAA. She also placed second in the 1000m and third in the 500m in a meeting against Duke and Boston College. Knisely’s 200 free time of 1: 56.89 against Duke and BC was the sixth best in the conference.

CAA Female Rookie Diver of the Month
Alexa Holloway, Fr., James Madison (Spring, Texas / Klein Oak)

Holloway recorded performances in first and second on the 3-meter table in both of his October competitions, including a winning score of 269.03 against Duquesne. She secured two fifth places on the 1-meter table, with her best score of 255.75 against Duquesne.


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