FREDERICK, Md.--Junior Arielle Harding of the women's swim team and first-year Connor Eliff of the men's swim team were honored as the Hood College athletes of the week for the week ending Jan. 16.
Both swimmers helped the Blazers earn their first Capital Athletic Conference triumphs of the 2010-11 season.
Harding, who racked up her fourth weekly nod, was a triple-winner for the Blazer women in a 112-56 CAC victory Saturday. The native of Damascus, Md., made history when she took down one of the oldest school records on the books, the 100 breaststroke mark from 1990. Harding bested the field by nearly eight seconds in the event with a clocking of 1:10.96, breaking the previous standard by N. Cairns (1:12.06). Harding also cruised to a win in the 200 free (2:09.50) and lowered her personal best in the 100 free by nearly three seconds (57.93).
Harding's first-place finish count now stands at 14, including four wins in the 100 breast.
Eliff won a pair of individual events for the Blazer men, who toppled the Bobcats 121-78. The Frederick High School product started the meet by swimming the butterfly leg of the victorious 200 medley relay, which touched out the Bobcat squad by less than half a second. He then touched the wall first in the 200 free (2:01.23), setting a personal best by 3.28 seconds. Eliff continued his winning ways in the 100 free (54.80) by more than a second over FSU's Andrew Dinterman.
Eliff has captured top honors in six individual races on the season.
The Blazer women (1-6, 1-4 CAC) and men (3-4, 1-4 CAC) next host Gallaudet University Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Huntsinger Aquatics Center.