Freshman Allie Bollella and sophomore Tyler Harp of the University of Redlands swimming & diving program earned Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Athlete of the Week honors for the women and men, respectively, for the week of Feb. 22-28, as announced on Wednesday by the conference office.
Bollella earned the SCIAC Women’s Athlete of the Year Award for swimming & diving after winning three individual events and competing on four relays that placed among the top two at the 2010 SCIAC Swimming & Diving Championships from Sunday, Feb. 21, through Tuesday, Feb. 23.
Bollella clocked an NCAA “A” qualifying time in the 200 freestyle (1:52.33) and registered NCAA “B” marks in the 50 freestyle (23.70, prelims) and the 100 freestyle (51.79). She contributed her talents to four Bulldog relays (200 freestyle relay, second place, 1:36.69; 200 medley relay, second place, 1:50.10; 800 freestyle relay, first place, 7:42.42; 400 freestyle relay, second place, 3:30.70), three of which met NCAA “B” qualification.
In addition, she set three individual program records and three relay program records while lowering the SCIAC meet standards in the 50 freestyle, the 100 freestyle, the 200 freestyle and the 800 freestyle relay. Also, her 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle performances eclipsed the former SCIAC overall standards in those respective events.
Harp won the SCIAC Men’s Athlete of the Year Award for swimming & diving for the second time in as many years following the 2010 SCIAC Swimming & Diving Championships, which occurred from Sunday, Feb. 21, through Tuesday, Feb. 23. He took home the conference title in three individual events and participated on four first-place relays. Harp achieved an NCAA “A” cut in the 200 freestyle (1:39.32) and clocked NCAA “B” standards in the 50 freestyle (20.77) and the 100 freestyle (45.30).
He also competed on four of Redlands’ first-place relays (200 freestyle relay, 1:23.49; 200 medley relay, 1:33.21; 800 freestyle relay, 6:46.10; 400 freestyle relay, 3:03.78), all of which gained NCAA “B” qualification. Harp lowered the program and SCIAC overall standard in the 200 freestyle, while his 200 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay teams also set program and SCIAC overall marks. This marks Harp’s third athlete of the week honor. He was previously given the distinction on Feb. 10, 2010 and Feb. 19, 2009.
The SCIAC Athletes of the Week are voted on by the conference’s eight sports information directors on a weekly basis.