Shawn Parkhurst, Canisius Men's Swimming and Diving
Jr. - Scriba, N.Y.
Parkhurst has picked up where he left off last season when he captured the MAAC individual titles in both the 1000 freestyle and 200 fly. This season, Parkhurst has captured five first-place finishes, while breaking a program mark that stood for 16 years in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:44.28 at the Cleveland Dual Meet Invite on Nov. 28. The junior currently holds the school record in six total races, including his recent record-breaking performance in the 200 freestyle. On Dec. 1-3, Parkhurst will compete in the 1500 freestyle and 200 fly among world-class competitors at the 2011 AT&T Winter National Championships held at the Georgia Tech Aquatics Center in Atlanta. Parkhurst is the first Golden Griffin to represent the College at this event and is attempting to qualify for the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials. Parkhurst's success in the pool mirrors his academic achievements, receiving 2011 MAAC Men's Swimming and Diving All-Academic Team honors. The physical and health education major holds a 3.74 overall GPA.
Kate Conard, Marist Women's Swimming and Diving
Jr. - East Setauket, N.Y.
Conard continues to lead the Red Foxes and the MAAC as the preeminent women's distance freestyle swimmer. The two-time MAAC Most Outstanding Championship performer and current record-holder of the fastest 500-, 1000- and 1650-yd times in conference history is off to another great start to her junior season. During the first six meets of the 2011-12 season, she has managed to post the fastest conference times in 100-yd. backstroke, 500-, 1000- and 1650-yd freestyles, as well as top five times in the 200-yd freestyle and 200-yd backstroke. Conard also excels in the in classroom, earning a spot on the 2011 MAAC All-Academic Team. She is majoring in Psychology/Special Education.