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Sankovich, Young and Leward receive recognition; Virginia’s Smith also takes award
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Three student-athletes from the Florida State swimming and diving program – Mikey Lewark, Katrina Young and Pavel Sankovich – received weekly honors from the Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday. Also receiving honors from the conference was Virginia’s Leah Smith.
Florida State’s Lewark, a senior from Davie, Fla., had a career day in his first event of the meet. Lewark posted a mark of 410.43 in 3-meter, scoring the best of his career. Before Friday’s meet, Lewark had never broken the 400-point barrier. On the 1-meter, Lewark was second behind his teammate Tom Neubacher with a score of 323.93. Each of Lewark’s scores was good enough to earn NCAA zone standard.
The Seminoles’ Young earned her second Female Diver of the Week honor, as she posted a first-place finish on the 1-meter board and second-place finish on the 3-meter board against Florida Atlantic. Young recorded NCAA zone scores of 317.03 on the 1-meter and 306.30 on the 3-meter.
Florida State’s Sankovich, who earned his second Male Swimmer of the Week award, recorded four first-place finishes in his team’s victory over Florida Atlantic. Sankovich began the day with the 200 medley relay, clocking a 21.77 in the 50 back. Then, taking a break from his individual backstroke races, he swam a time of 1:46.27 in the 200 fly, before cruising to a win in the 200 IM at 1:50.64. He capped off the day by leading off the 200 free relay with a 21.17 split en route to a win.
Virginia’s Smith helped the Cavaliers defeat Virginia Tech, Wisconsin and Miami over the weekend, picking up three individual wins. The freshman from Pittsburgh, Pa., also won the 500 free by almost six seconds and the 200 free by just under three seconds. Smith was also a part of the 800 free relay that finished first in 7:25.03 and second in the 400 free relay (3:24.71) with a leadoff of 51.71. In the 1650 free, Smith recorded a time of 16:17.84, good enough for a NCAA ‘B’ cut and margin of victory of more than 38 seconds.