CollegeSports360 Primetime Performers of the Week (2/7/12; D-I Sports)

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Dec. 20 ... Dec. 27 ... Jan. 3 ... Jan. 10 ... Jan. 17 ... Jan. 24 ... Jan. 31


RELEASE: Feb. 7, 2012          CONTACT: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegesports360.com)

CollegeSports360 National Primetime Pacesetters of the Week:
A&M's Henry Lelei (track), Utah gymnast Corrie Lathrop,
Stanford's Steven Irvin (volleyball) and Vanderbilt bowler Brittni Hamilton.

Henry Lelei A 230

Four elite Division I student-athletes are the leading honorees in the most recent edition of the Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll, presented by CollegeSports360.com: Vanderbilt senior bowler Brittni Hamilton (Webster, N.Y.), Stanford volleyball sophomore outside hitter Steven Irvin (Pacific Palisades, Calif.), Texas A&M junior distance runner Henry Lelei (Kupsabet, Kenta) and Utah sophomore gymnast Corrie Lathrop (Danvers, Mass.). Hamilton, Irvin, Lelei and Lathrop – four of the 15 Primetime Performers of the Week, from a sampling of 22 Division I sports that were in action during the week of Jan. 30-Feb. 5  – have been tabbed for the top national award, as the CollegeSports360 Primetime Pacesetters of the Week for all of Division I. athletics. 

Brittni Hamilton A 230

HAMILTON recorded the first 300 game in Commodores bowling history – helping elevate her team into the final-day championship bracket at the three-day Prairie View Invitational (Vanderbilt went on to beat #8 Nebraska in the semifinals and #4 Maryland-Eastern Shore for the tournament title; she also helped beat #1 Valparaiso earleir in day-2).

IRVIN Delivered quantity and quality, both on the attack and in backrow defense, as the #7 Cardinal won 3-1 and 3-0 at #1 BYU (Stanford's first 2-match road sweep of the Cougars since 1991 and the first MPSF conf. team since '02 to sweep at BYU). He posted a double-double (14 kills on .476 hitting; 12 digs) in te opener, adding 12 kills and five more digs in the second match (had five kills and no errors on seven swings, plus three digs, in marathon 35-33 first game).

Steven Irvin A 230

LELEI's MVP effort at the New Balance Invitational (in NYC) led the #9 A&M men to a first-place finish versus a field that incuded #3 LSU, #4 Texas, #12 Oklahoma, #14 BYU, #18 Mississippi State, #19 Iowa and #23 Iona;. His 16-meter anchor split (3:57.2) completed A&M's school-record/meet-record/facility-record (Armory) distance-medley relay time (9:30.13) that currently is tops in the world for 2012 (James Bonn, Michael Preble & Joey Roberts ran the other legs). He went on to break a 12-year-old A&M record with a 4:01.49 winning time in the NBI mile.

Corrie Lothrop A 230

LOTHROP tied for the top spots in the balance beam (9.9) and floor (9.95) rotations en route to winning the all-around, as the top-ranked Utes thrilled a home crowd of nearly 15,000 (in 197.15-196.95 win over #4 Georgia). The Bulldogs held a slim lead late in the final rotation, before Lothrop's floor routine vaulted the Utes into the lead (with only one Utah floor routine remaining).

The CollegeSports360 Primetime Performer awards program goes beyond simply the raw stats or results, instead taking into account the quality of the opposition, contribution to team success and other situational factors (such as all-around play, leadership, clutch efforts, adversity overcome, etc.).

Ben Morse A 230


The other 11 Primetime Performers of the Week for their respective sports (all 15 are listed below) include: Stanford women's water polo junior goaltender Kate Boldoni (Newport Beach, Calif.) ... South Carolina sophomore tennis player Chip Cox (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) and senior women's basketball guard Markeshia Grant (Tampa, Fla.) ... Miami men's basketball junior center Reggie Johnson (Salem, N.C.) ... Michigan State men's hockey junior defenseman Torey Krug (Livonia, Mich.) ... Dartmouth freshman alpine skier (slalom/GS) Ben Morse (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) ... Jacksonville (Ala.) State sophomore rifle team member Sam Muegge (Boling, Texas) ... Northwestern fencing senior foilist Dayana Sarkisova (Grand Rapids, Mich.) ... Texas freshman men's golfer Jordan Spieth (Dallas, Texas) ... Minnesota junior 184-pound wrestler Kevin Steinhaus (Pennock, Minn.) ... and Clemson women's track sprinter Marlena Wesh (Virginia Beach, Va.).

Markeshia Grant A 230

CollegeSports360's overall honorees on the Jan. 30-Feb. 5 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll include an assortment of student-athletes (full list below) from 21 total sports that were in action over the past week.

Jordan Spieth A 230

Headshots of all honorees are included in the right-sidebar. More action photos and indvidual info./highlights are in the process of being added to this release (time permitting, this page will be broken down into smaller, multiple honors pages for the week, for specific sports, etc.).

... Selection for these CollegeSports360 weekly awards is based on any/all of the following "primetime" criteria (i.e. not solely based on raw stats):

• Performed at a high level in a game/event that involves a nationally-ranled team (or, in the case of basketball, involving any team receiving votes in the national polls); or excelled in a game/event that is key to the team's postseason qualification ... current criteria for track honorees requires participation in a tournament or event involving multiple nationally-ranked teams.

• In general, preference is given based on the quality of the opponent, contribution to team success and situational factors involved in the competitor's accomplishments.

• Exhibited strong leadership and/or involved in clutch performances, such as gamewinning goals, noteworthy comebacks, late scores, momentum-shifting play, all-around performance, team spirit, etc.

• Overcame adversity or extreme circumstances (for the team and/or individual).

• Bonus consideration is given for key performances away from team's home venue and/or against a traditional rival (and for historic performances, on a national level).

Be sure to check back later for the complete honors page (time permitting), as provided in past weeks. Thanks as always for the schools for providing the various photos on this page.

Previous CollegeSports360 Primetime Performers: 
Jan. 31 ... Dec. 20 ... Dec. 27 ... Jan. 3 ... Jan. 10 ... Jan. 17 ... Jan. 24 ... Jan. 31

PRIMETIME PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK  (Division I sports)
(top national honors, for week of Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2012 ... courtesy of CollegeSports360.com)

                "It's not so much what you do, as it is when you do it."

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KATE BOLDONI  (Stanford women's water polo  ... Jr. ... G ... Newport Beach, CA)
..... Helped lead Cardinal to 4-0 showing at Stanford Invitational (capped by 11-6 semifinal vs. #5 San Jose State and 9-5 final vs. #4 UCLA, after day-1 wins over #16 UC Davis, 18-7, and #3 USC, 8-7); her 36 saves over the weekend included 15 in the final showdown vs. the Bruins; has allowed only 17 goals in 13 quarters this season.

Chip Cox A 230

CHIP COX  
(South Carolina men's tennis ...
So. ... Myrtle Beach, SC)

..... His spirited rally sparked SC's 5-2 comeback vs. #22 Georgia Tech, as he won 12 of final 13 games to transform 1-5 deficit into 2-set win at #4 singles vs. Vikram Hundal (forging 2-2 team score, w/ several teammates going on to stage their own rallies); earlier teamed w/ Andrew Adams to complete SC doubles sweep.

MARKESHIA GRANT 
(South Carolina women's basketball ... Sr. ... G ... Tampa, FL ... #5)

..... Her career-high 27 pts paced SC to its first win ever over Tennessee (#8) in Knoxville (first win vs. Lady Vols at any site since 1980); made 7-of-12 three-pointers in the upset (44% behind the arc in current 4-gm win streak).

* BRITTNI HAMILTON
 
(Vanderbilt women's bowling ... Sr. ... Webster, NY)
..... Registeed the first 300 game in Commodores bowling history – helping elevate her team into the final-day championship bracket at the three-day Prairie View Invitational (Vanderbilt went on to beat #8 Nebraska in semifinal and #4 Maryland-Eastern Shore for tournament title); also helped beat #1 Valparaiso earleir in day-2.

* STEVEN IRVIN  
(Stanford m. volleyball ... So. ... OH ... Pacific Palisades, CA ... #12)
..... Delivered quantity and quality, both on the attack and in backrow defense, as #7 Cardinal won 3-1 and 3-0 at #1 BYU (Stanford's first 2-match road sweep of the Cougars since 1991; first MPSF conf. team to sweep at BYU since '02); posted double-double (14 kills on .476 hitting; 12 digs) in opener, adding 12 kills and five more digs in second match (had five kills and no errors on seven swings, plus three digs, in marathon 35-33 first game). 



Reggie Johnson A 230

REGGIE JOHNSON  
(Miami men's basketball ... Jr. ... C ... Salem, NC ... #42)
..... Played lead role in Miami's first-ever win over Duke (#5) at Cameron Indoor (78-74, OT), days after 2-OT win over Maryland (90-86); shot 57% during the week while averaging 20.0 pts and 8.5 rbs – including 27 pts (11-17 FG) and 12 rbs (8 off.) vs. Blue Devils; his 13 pts vs. Terps including shot from top of key for first career 3-pt.

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TOREY KRUG 
(Michigan State men's hockey ...
Jr. ... D ... Livonia, MI ... #44)

..... Turned in stellar road series at both ends of the ice during action vs. #10 Ohio State (6-3; 3-2), with his 2G-3A including the game-tying goal in the opener and GWG in finale; helped re-energize the MSU power play (scored two of team's three PPGs in series) while anchoring penalty kill that thwarted all 14 OSU power plays. 

* HENRY LELEI  
(Texas A&M men's track and field ... Jr. ... Distance ... Kupsabet, Kenya)
..... His MVP effort at the New Balance Invitational (in NYC) led #9 A&M men to 1st-place finish vs. field that incuded #3 LSU, #4 Texas, #12 Oklahoma, #14 BYU, #18 Mississippi State, #19 Iowa and #23 Iona; his 16-m anchor split (3:57.2) completed A&M's school-record/meet-record/facility-record (Armory) distance-medley relay time (9:30.13) that currently is tops in the world for 2012 (James Bonn, Michael Preble & Joey Roberts ran the other legs); went on to break 12-yr-old A&M record with 4:01.49 winning time in the mile.

Sam Muegge A 230

* CORRIE LOTHROP  
(Utah women's gymnastics ... So. ... Danvers, MA)
..... Tied for top spots in the beam (9.9) and floor (9.95) rotations en route to winning the all-around, as top-ranked Utes thrilled home crowd of nearly 15,000 in 197.15-196.95 win over #4 Georgia; Bulldogs held slim lead late in the final rotation, before her floor routine vaulted Utes into lead (with only one Utah floor routine remaining).

BEN MORSE
 
(Dartmouth men's skiing ... Fr. ...
Alpine/slalom & GS ... Carrabassett Valley, ME)

..... His winning effort in giant slalom (2:05.13) sparked Dartmouth to day-1 lead at the Vermont Carnival, adding runner-up showing in the slalom (1:43.31; both races at Stowe Mt. Resort) as Green Wave rolled to comfortable winning margin over rival/host Catamounts (916-735) along with rest of top eastern teams; his finishes at Stowe are the only top-2 efforts by any Vermont men's skier during the three EISA carnivals this season.

SAM MUEGGE
  (Jacksonville (AL) State rifle ... So. ... Boling, TX)
..... Won smallbore competition (585) and tied for second in air rifle (573) while leading #9 Jax State to its sixth Ohio Valley Conference title in nine years of league membership; helped build 4,631-4,589 final margin over 10th-ranked and rival Murray State (10-time champion, including 2010 and '11).

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DAYANA SARKISOVA 
(Northwestern women's fencing ... Jr. ... Foil ... Grand Rapids, MI)
..... Continued her impressive consistency by going 16-1 at Northwestern Duals, while facing assortment of top fencers from #2 Princeton, #8 Temple, #10 Duke and Stanford; two-time All-American (2010 NCAA semifinalist).

JORDAN SPIETH  (Texas men's golf ... Fr. ... Dallas, TX)
..... Compiled 11-under 205 (69-69-67) at Waikoloa Kings Course, leading top-ranked Texas to fourth straight tournament title – in 20-team Amer Ari Invit. field that included #2 Oregon, #5 UCLA, #6 Stanford, #8 Washington, #10 Georgia Tech, #12 USC & #16 Oklahoma State; shared medalist honors with USC's Jeffrey Kang (who won playoff); entered Amer Ari as #2-ranked collegiate golfer; has been invited to compete in Feb. 16-19 PGA Tour's Northern Trust Open (three previous PGA events include top-20 finish at 2010 Byron Nelson Championship).

Kevin-Steinhaus A 230


KEVIN STEINHAUS  
(Minnesota wrestling ... Jr./So. ... 184 pounds ... Pennock, MN)
..... Delivered key early win (5-2; at 184 lbs) over #7-ranked Josh Ihnen, giving Gophers 6-3 lead that grew into 26-7 final margin vs. #7 Nebraska – ultimaetly earning Minnesota share of Big Ten title (with Penn State).

MARLENA WESH  
(Clemson women's track and field ... Jr. ...
Sprints ... Virginia Beach, VA)

..... Posted nation's top time and broke her own school record in the process, winnning the 400-meter dash (52.51) at New Balance Invitational while helping lead #4 Tigers to title at massive NYC Armory event that included the likes of #2 LSU women, #3 Arkansas, #5 UCF, #7 BYU, #8 Texas Tech, #11 Texas A&M, #18 Tennessee, #20 Oklahoma, #24 UConn & #25 Villanova (10 total top-25 opponents); also anchored 4x400 relay that ran to victory at the NBI (3:35.58, wotj Keni Harrison, Brianna Rollins and Nia Fluker).

* (above) CollegeSports360 National Primetime Pacesetters of the Week (for all D-I sports)

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PRIMETIME PERFORMERS WEEKLY HONOR ROLL  (Division I sports)
(for week of Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2012 ... courtesy of CollegeSports360.com)
            "It's not so much what you do, as it is when you do it."  

MEN'S BASKETBALL 
Brandon Davies  (BYU... Jr. ... F ... Provo, UT ... #0)
Marcus Denmon  (Missouri ... Sr. ... G ... Kansas City, MO ... #12)
Anthony James  (Northern Iowa ... Sr./Jr. ... G ... St. Louis, MO ... #52)
* Reggie Johnson  
(Miami ... Jr. ... C ... Salem, NC ... #42)
John Shurna  (Northwestern ... Sr. ... F ... Glen Elyn, IL ... #24)
Royce Whilte  (Iowa State ... Jr./So. ... F ... Minneapolis, MN ... #30)

* – Primetime Performer of the Week

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL 
Sharane Campbell  (Oklahoma ... Fr. ... G ... Spencer, OK ... #24)
Ayana Dunning  (West Virginia ... Sr./Jr. ... Center ... Columbus, OH ... #33)
* Markeshia Grant  (South Carolina ... Sr. ... G ... Tampa, FL ... #5)
Jordan Hooper  
(Nebraska ... So. ... F ... Alliance, NE ... #35)
Kim Mestdagh  (Colorado State ... Sr. ... G/F ... Ipper, Belgium ... #5)
Kiah Stokes  (Connecticut ... Fr. ... C ... Marion, IA ... #41)

* – Primetime Performer of the Week

WOMEN'S BOWLING
T’nia Falbo  (Maryland-Eastern Shore... Jr. ... Greensburg, PA)
Racahel Gittings  (Arkansas State ... Jr. ... Glen Allen, VA)
* Brittni Hamilton  (Vanderbilt ... Sr. ... Webster, NY)
Kayla Johnson  (Nebraska ... Sr. .. Washington, IL)
Danielle McEwan  (Fairleigh Dickinson ... Jr. ... Stony Point, NY)
Danielle Merino  (Adelphi ... Sr. ... College Point, NY)

* – Primetime Performer of the Week

FENCING  (men & women)
* Dayana Sarkisova  (Northwestern women ... Sr. ... Foil ... Grand Rapids, MI)
Jonathan Yergler  (Princeton men ... Jr. ... Epee ... Winter Park, FL)

* – Primetime Performer of the Week

MEN'S GOLF
Jon Catlin  (New Mexico ... Jr. ...Carmichael, CA)  
Juan Pablo Hernandez  (Arizona ... Jr. ... Mexico City, Mexico)
Jeffrey Kang  (USC ... So. ... Fullerton, CA)
* Jordan Spieth  (Texas ... Fr. ... Dallas, TX)
Andrew Yun  (Stanford ... Jr. ... Chandler, AZ)

* – Primetime Performer of the Week

GYMNASTICS  
(men & women)
Lora Evenstad  (Nebraska women ... Sr. ... Grand Forks, ND)
* Corrie Lothrop  (Utah women ... So. ... Danvers, MA)
Sam Mikulak  (Michigan men ... So. ... Carona del Mar, CA)
Diandra Milliner  (Alabama women ... So. ... Wichita, KS)
Paul Ruggeri  (Illinois men ... Sr. ... Manlius, NY)
Amber See  (Illinois women ... So. ... Minnetonka, MN)

* – Primetime Performer of the Week

ICE HOCKEY  (men & women)
Matt Bailey  (Alaska-Anchorage men ... So. ... F ... Winnipeg, Manitoba ... #21)
Chris Connelly  (Boston University men ... Sr. ... C ... Duluth, MN ... #12)
Ashley Cottrell  (Providence women ... Sr. ... F ... Sterling Hts, MI ... #16)
* Torey Krug
 (Michigan State men ... Jr. ... D ... Livonia, MI ... #44)
Isabel Menard 
 (Boston University women ... Jr. ... F ... Ottawa, Ontario ... #20)
Florence Schelling  (Northeastern women ... Sr. ... G ... Oberengstingen, Switzerland ... #41)
Jaden Schwartz  (Colorado College men ... So. ... LW ... Wilcox, Saskatchewan ... #8)

* – Primetime Performer of the Week

RIFLE  (co-ed)
Henri Junghanel  (Kentucky ... Sr./Jr. ... Breuberg, Germany)
* Sam Muegge  (Jacksonville (AL) State ... So. ... Boling, TX)
Melisa Quartarone  (Mississippi ... So. ... Stone Mountain, GA)
Ashley Rose  (Murray State ... Sr. ... Eubank, KY)

* – Primetime Performer of the Week

SKIING  (men & women)
Patrick Johnson  (Middlebury men ... Sr. ... nordic/cross-country ... Anchorage, AK)
Geordie Lonza  (Williams women ... Jr. ... alpine/slalom & GS ... Mammoth Lakes, CA)
* Ben Morse  (Dartmouth men ... Fr. ... alpine/slalom & GS ... Carrabassett Valley, ME)
Caitlin Patterson  (Vermont women ... Sr. ... nordic/cross-country ... Anchorage, AK)

* – Primetime Performer of the Week

MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING
Chad La Tourette  (Stanford ... Sr. ... Freestyle ... Mission Viejo, CA)
Marcin Tarczynski  (California ... So. ... IM/Fly/Free ... Warsaw, Poland)

* – Primetime Performer of the Week

TENNIS  (men & women)
* Chip Cox  (South Carolina men ... So. ... Myrtle Beach, SC)
Jamere Jenkins  (Virginia men ... Jr. ... College Park, GA)
Nick Meister  (UCLA men ... 5th-Yr.-Sr. ... Trabuco Canyon, CA)
Alex Stamchev  (Auburn men ... Sr. ... Pleven, Bulgaria)
Kata Szekely  (Tennessee women ... Jr. ... Szekesfervar, Hungary)
Rashmi Teltumbde  (Texas Tech women ... So. ... Mumbai, Maharashtra)
* Allie Will  (Florida women ... Jr. ... Boca Raton, FL)

* – Primetime Performer of the Week

TRACK & FIELD  (men & women)
Japheth Cato  (Wisconsin men ... So. ... Multi-Events ... Crete, IL)
Kimberlyn Duncan  (LSU women ... Jr. ... Sprints ... Katy, TX)
Leah Eber  (Purdue women ... 5th-Yr.-Sr. ... Long Jump ... Indianapolis, IN)
Regina George  (Arkansas women ... Jr. ... Sprints ... Chicago, IL)
James Harris  (Mississippi State men ... So. ... High Jump ... Lanett, AL)
Ryan Hill  (North Carolina State men ... Sr. ... Distance ... Hickory, NC)
* Henry Lelei  (Texas A&M men ... Jr. ... Distance ... Kupsabet, Kenya)
Morgann Leleux  (Georgia women ... Fr. ... Pole Vault ... New Iberia, LA)
Marcel Lominicky  (Virginia Tech men ... Sr. ... Throws .. Nitra, Slovakia)
Nachelle Mackie  (BYU women ... Jr. ... Middle-Distance ... Spanish Fork, UT)
Natasha Rogers  (Texas A&M women ... Jr. ... Distance ... Littleton, CO)
Lucy Van Dalen  (Stony Brook women ... Sr. ... Distance ... Wanganui, New Zealand)
* Marlena Wesh  (Clemson women ... Jr. ... Sprints ... Virginia Beach, VA)

* – Primetime Performers of the Week

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL
* Steven Irvin  (Stanford ...  So. ... OH ... Pacific Palisades, CA ... #12)
Ivan Matos  (IPFW ... Sr. .. OH ... Guaynabo, Puerto Rice ... #12)

WOMEN'S WATER POLO 
* Kate Boldoni  (Stanford  ... Jr. ... G ... Newport Beach, CA)
Amarens Genee  (Hawaii ... Jr. ... C ... Gorinchem, Netherlands ... #11)
Kaleigh Gilchrist  (USC ... So. ... Newport Beach, Calif.)

* – Primetime Performer of the Week

WRESTLING 
Ganbayar Sanjaa (American ... 5th-Yr.-Sr. ... 157 pounds ... Ulaanbaatan, Mongolia)
* Kevin Steinhaus  (Minnesota ... Jr./So. ... 184 pounds ... Pennock, MN)
Cameron Wade  (Penn State ... Sr. ... Heavyweight ... Twinsburg, OH)
Tristan Warner  (Old Dominion ... So. ... 174 pounds ... Mechanicsburg, PA)
 

* – Primetime Performer of the Week

 

 










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