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Daugherty/Stresky Honored as Bethany SAAC Athletes of the Week

Feb. 16 – BETHANY, W. Va. – The Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has announced that women’s basketball sophomore Kelsea Daugherty (Newport, Ohio/Frontier) and men’s swimming & diving freshman Cheyne Stresky (Oxford, Mich./Oxford) have been selected as the Bethany SAAC Athletes of the Week.

Daugherty earned her second Athlete of the Week award this season after averaging a double-double for the women’s basketball team in two conference games last week. Daugherty posted a 10-point, 14-rebound performance against Westminster as the Bison fell 66-61. She then followed that with a 16-point, 10-rebound effort in a three-point loss to Waynesburg (70-67).

The sophomore standout finished the week with averages of 13 points and 12 rebounds per game. Daugherty now has five double-doubles on the season and currently ranks 11th in scoring (12.6) and sixth in rebounding (7.7) in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference.

Stresky received his third Athlete of the Week honors after helping the Bison men’s swimming & diving team set seven school records at the PAC Championships last week. Individually, the freshman set three records during the meet. Stresky broke his own records in the 100-yard backstroke (52.44) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:40.55). He went on to break James Schnell’s mark (2:01.41) from 1992 in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:54.08.

The Oxford, Mich. native then swam a leg on four record-breaking relays, including the 200 medley (1:40.21), 400 medley (3:40.77), 200 freestyle (1:28.20), and 400 freestyle (3:16.77).

The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Stresky, Kevin Bakowski (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brentwood), Evan Byrne (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton), and Jeremy Starr (Warren, Ohio/Warren G. Harding) took down the longest-standing mark that remained in the school’s record books. Their time broke the 47-year old record of 3:17.50, set by Jeff Stuek, John Murray, Jim Brunson and Jim Veres back in 1969.

Stresky also swam his way to six ECAC qualifying times as he scored points for the Bison in all seven of his races, posting a top-eight time in each. The team finished the PAC Championships with 224 total points, up 85 points from a season ago. 

Honorable mentions for the SAAC Athlete of the Week award for the women included freshman diver Mia Judulang (Cupertino, Calif./Monta Vista) and junior guard Hayley Holenka (Shadyside, Ohio/Shadyside). For the men, junior guard Antonio Rudolph (New Castle, Pa./New Castle) and sophomore swimmer Kevin Bakowski received nominations.