Senior Swimmer Tyler Harp Collects Third SCIAC Athlete of the Week Nod
It was announced earlier today that senior standout Tyler Harp (San Bernardino, CA) was named the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Male Athlete of the Week for the third time this season. This latest award follows his impressive showing during the 2012 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships.
Harp captured his inaugural national title and the second for the University of Redlands this season, with a stellar performance in the 200 Free during Thursday's competition at the NCAA Championships. In an incredibly close race, he moved up from third place after the second turn to finish in a tie for first with Colorado College's Jordan DeGayner, as the duo touched the wall together in 1:37.51.
Harp also highlighted Redlands' individual efforts on Saturday with his fourth-place time of 44.60 in the 100 Free, resetting his own Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) record for All-American honors. In addition, he entered the race eighth after a preliminary time of 44.82, improving his final position by four spots.
Furthermore, he served a pivotal role in the 400 Medley Relay that combined for the fastest time in SCIAC history to take second place at the national meet. Harp uncorked an impressive final leg of the race to propel the quartet to a time of 3:17.39.
Finally, Harp swam on the 800 Free Relay that put together a sixth-place time of 6:41.99, shaving off more than four seconds from its preliminary time that seeded the quartet 10th.
Overall, Harp collected four All-American nods during his final experience at the NCAA Championships.
Sophomore swimmer Michelle Kee from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges was selected as the SCIAC Female Athlete of the Week.
The SCIAC sports information directors nominate and vote upon the athletes of the week.