Arni Arnason, Erla Haraldsdottir Earn Weekly Awards

November 23, 2010
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Nov. 23, 2010

RICHMOND, Va. -- Junior Arni Arnason (Mosfellsbaer, Iceland) earned his third Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Men's Swimmer of the Week Award, while classmate Erla Haraldsdottir (Njardvik, Iceland) was named the CAA's Women's Co-Swimmer of the Week it was announced today by the conference office.

Arnason broke two Nike Cup records last weekend as he won the 200 breast with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:57.87 and also captured the 100 breast title with a Nike Cup record and NCAA "B" cut time of 53.92.

Arnason's time of 53.92 in the 100 breast is also the second fastest time recorded so far this season in the event among all Division I swimmers. John Criste of Stanford currently holds the fastest time having swam the 100 breast in a time of 53.37.

In addition to his two titles in the breaststroke, Arnason was also a finalist in the 200 IM. He captured his fifth ODU record of his career as he finished in 2nd place with a time of 1:49.53, only .28 seconds away from an NCAA "B" cut time.

Meanwhile, fellow Icelandic Olympian Haraldsdottir captured an NCAA "B" cut time of 2:15.65 in 200 breast to take seventh overall and took second place with an ODU record time of 1:01.15 in the 100 breast. Her new 100 breast record surpasses her own previous top time of 1:01.32 recorded last season.

Haraldsdottir also was a finalist in the 200 IM placing eighth by clocking in with a time of 2:04.55.

Overall at the Nike Cup, the ODU Swimming & Diving teams set four new ODU records, made 16 finals appearances, and recorded five NCAA "B" cut times.

The Monarchs and Lady Monarchs return to the pool on December 4th against George Washington at the J.C. "Scrap" Chandler Pool.