MAAC Student-Athletes of the Week (12.10.12)
Release: December 10, 2012
Men's Swimming & Diving, Sr., 6-1, 175, Toms River, N.J./Toms River HS East
Brian Molloy is getting his name etched into the Rider swimming annals on a weekly basis. In a win over Seton Hall, he broke the oldest record in the Coppola Pool, the 100 free (46.58), a record that stood since 1987. Twice the MAAC Swimmer of the Week this season, Molloy now ranks among Rider's top five fastest times in five different events. A Mathematics major and a member of the MAAC All-Academic team, he helped Rider defeat Seton Hall, La Salle and Marist this season. Against Marist, Molloy won four events and he won three events against La Salle. Molloy, who qualified for the prestigious Speedo Grand Prix meet in three events, picked up his first MAAC gold last year on the 200 free relay and is currently the top ranked swimmer in the MAAC in four individual events and four relays.
Damika Martinez - Iona College
Women's Basketball, So., G, 5-7, Meriden, Conn. /Orville H. Platt
Sophomore guard Damika Martinez averaged 21 points, four rebounds and three assists per contest this past week for the Gaels. Against Columbia, Martinez matched a career high with 34 points, including the team's final 12, to go along with seven rebounds in the Gaels' 67-63 win. Martinez also match a career high with 12 field goals, including two from the behind the arc, while also knocking down eight of nine opportunities from the line. Through nine games this season, Martinez is right where she left off a year ago, sitting atop the MAAC scoring ledger, leading the conference with her 17.8 points per game. The 5-7 Martinez is also not afraid to battle her much taller opponents, as evident by her 5.3 rebounds per contest. In 2012, Martinez is also playing the role of playmaker, averaging more than two assists per game, including 11 over her last three contests.