EDISON, N.J. - Following an outstanding weekend performance in their season-opening meet versus Canisius, the Marist Swimming and Diving program had three members recognized by the MAAC in the conference's weekly award announcement. Junior Maddie Arciello (Missoula, Mont.) was named the MAAC Women's Swimmer of the Week, sophomore Jason Ruddy (Kingston, N.Y.) the Men's Swimmer of the Week and sophomore Kimberly Tobias (San Jose, Calif.) the Women's Diver of the Week.
In the Red Foxes' dominant win over Canisius on Saturday, Arciello stood out amongst a strong showing by the entire women's squad with three individual first place finishes and a fourth via relay. Arciello swept the shortest three freestyle races; the 50 with a time of 24.72, the 100 with time of 54.15 and the 200 at 1:57.09. She was in complete control in the 100-yd event as she was victorious by 1.28 seconds. She concluded her day with a first place finish as part of the 400-yd freestyle relay team. Swimming the leadoff leg, Arciello gave Marist a 1.41 second advantage that would eventual lead to a 4.18 second overall victory.
This is Arciello's second career MAAC weekly award as she was Swimmer of the Week on Feb. 1 of her freshman year.
Meanwhile, Ruddy earned two individual first place finishes and a third in relay action. His first solo win came in the 100-yd butterfly with a time of 52.37, while recording a 1:53.36 time in the 200-yd race. He closed the 200-yd event with a final split time of 28.62, nearly four seconds clear of the next closest split. In relay action, Ruddy swam the third leg of the 200-yd medley with a time of 23.64 in the "A" team's eventually 1:37.30 win. This is his third career MAAC honor after earning recognition on Nov. 22 and Jan. 31 of his freshman season.
In diving action, Tobias continued building off of her outstanding freshman campaign with a sweep of the boards versus Canisius on Oct. 20. The sophomore won the 1-meter event with a score of 239.62, over 30 points clear of second place. In the 3-meter event, she won with a 242.17 total, nearly 20 points ahead of her nearest competitor. This is Tobias' sixth career weekly award after collecting five as a freshman last year.
The Red Foxes will continue their early season action with a 6 p.m. meet at Fordham on Thursday, Oct. 25.