SIOUX FALLS – South Dakota junior Cooper Fuchs and junior Haley Pederson have been named Summit League athletes of the week, the league announced Tuesday.

Fuchs, named male swimmer of the week for the first time in his career, had five first-place efforts during the two-day USD Quad Duals held at Midco Aquatic Center in Sioux Falls. Pederson, meanwhile, earns her third female diver of the week honor this season.

Fuchs swam to individual victories in the 50 free (20.73) and 100 free in 46.75 on the opening day while also contributing a leg on the victorious 200 free relay that swam 1:23.45. His 20.65 led-off split is good for fifth all-time on the Coyote Top 10 list.

The native of Oak Park, California, came back on day two to finish second in the 50 free in 20.93 while also participating in winning relays, the 200 medley and 400 free.

Pederson post three top three finishes over the course of the two-day event, posting a season-best of 272.60 while winning the three-meter competition on day two.

Honored for the fourth time in her career, the West Fargo, North Dakota, native, finished second in the one-meter with 240.05 on day two and third on day one with 236.80.


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