Women's Athlete of the Week

 AOTW awards to Jags' Chavez-Vega, Griffs' Ushigama


April 21, 2015 - Southwestern College swimmer Gisel Chavez-Vega and Grossmont swimmer Maiko Ushijima have been honored as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women's Athletes of the Week for April 13-19.

PCAC 2014-2015 WOMEN'S ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Apr. 19 Gisel Chavez-Vega, Southwestern
Maiko Ushijima, Grossmont
Swimming
Swimming
Apr. 12 Jaella Conway, Grossmont
Alex Galatis, San Diego City
Tennis
Softball
Apr. 5 Ian Wong, San Diego Mesa
Leila Ghasemi, MiraCosta
Swimming
Sand Volleyball
Mar. 29 Sabrina Gonzalez,  Mesa
Skania Lemus, Southwestern
Softball
Softball
Mar. 22 Kali Pugh, Palomar
Jesse Zieg, MiraCosta
Softball
Sand Volleyball
Mar. 15 Katie Rademacher, Grossmont
Sonia White, Imperial Valley
Sand Volleyball
Softball
Mar. 8 Bettina Olah, Palomar
Nicole Stressling, Mt. San Jacinto
Tennis
Softball
Mar. 2 Amitat Olowara, Southwestern Track & Field
Feb. 22 Taylor Smalley, Southwestern
Kourtney Aimalefoa , SD Mesa
Basketball
Softball
Feb. 15 Summer Evans, Palomar
Melissa Eggleston, Grossmont
Softball
Softball
Feb. 8 Johnette Brown, Mt. San Jacinto
Jenna Vargas, Southwestern
Basketball
Softball
Feb. 1 Darrian Castillo, San Diego City Basketball
Jan. 25 Melissa Allen, Palomar
Brogan Griffin, MiraCosta
Basketball
Basketball
Jan. 18 Erin Stanford, Mt. San Jacinto Basketball
Jan. 11 Nyaduop Lam, San Diego City Basketball
Jan. 4 Ciara Williams, San Diego Mesa Basketball
Dec.21 Keisha Cox, Palomar Basketball
Dec.7 Brooke Callahan, Grossmont Volleyball
Nov. 30 Alyssa Cortez, Grossmont Volleyball
Nov. 23 Karolina Salazar, SD Miramar Soccer
Nov. 16 Gillian Newman, Grossmont
Demitra Tsambasis, Mt. San Jac
Volleyball
Soccer
Nov. 9 Taylor Moran, San Diego Mesa
Ring Shey, San Diego Mesa
Volleyball
Cross Country
Nov. 3 Valentina Zito, Palomar
Coco Guerrero, San Diego City
Soccer
Soccer
Oct. 26 Maci Lerno, Palomar
Taylor Wolever, Miramar
Volleyball
Soccer
Oct. 19 Karlie Troeh, San Diego City
Brianna Sizemore, MiraCosta
Volleyball
Volleyball
Oct. 12 Taylor Kushner, Mt. San Jacinto
Taylor Pompa-Hogan,  Mesa
Volleyball
Soccer
Oct. 5 Madi Atkins, San Diego Mesa
Kelly Harris, Palomar
Water Polo
Water Polo
Sept. 28 Stephanie Carlson,  Miramar
Yazmin Osorio, San Diego Mesa
Soccer
Soccer
Sept. 21 Brooke Wheeler, Grossmont
Miranda Fisher, Cuyamaca
Volleyball
Cross Country
Sept. 14 Natalie McCann, Miramar
Taivin Rodriguez, MiraCosta
Water Polo
Soccer
Sept. 7 Amitat Olowara, Southwestern
Jessica Steinhoff, Palomar
Cross Country
Cross Country
Aug. 31 Lexi Reddick, Grossmont Volleyball

Chavez-Vega, a sophomore from Lutheran High School, was named PCAC Women's Swimmer of the Year after her performance in the PCAC Championships over the weekend at Palomar.

Chavez-Vega won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:14.32, the 400 individual medley with a meet-record 5:11.50 and the 1650 freestyle in 18:22.07. She also anchored the Jaguars' 400 relay team to first place in 3:40.92, giving her five Southwestern school records in the three individual races and two relays during the three-day meet. Chavez-Vega also won every event she swam in during the dual meet season.

Ushijima, a freshman from Mizuma High School in Kyushu, Fukuoka, Japan, swept to victory in the conference finals in the 200 IM (2:13.28), the 200 freestyle (1:57.0) and the 100 freestyle (1:54.31) in leading Grossmont to the PCAC team championship.

The Griffins outscored runner-up Palomar 892-581 to win the title.

Honorable mention went to softball players Iesha Hill (Palomar) and Megan Wright (Mesa) and Southwestern hurdler Jeyle Spencer.

Hill, a freshman third baseman from Carlsbad High, tripled in a 20-2 run-rule win over Imperial and went 4-for-7 with five RBIs as the state No. 2-ranked Comets swept No. 9-ranked College of the Canyons 2-0 and 9-1 for wins No. 30 and 31 in what so far has been a 31-3-1 season. Hill drove in both of the game's runs in the first game with a two-run single in the third inning. In game 2, she slugged her fifth home run of 2015 in the fifth inning, then ended the game by run-rule with an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth.

Wright, Mesa's sophomore catcher from Ramona High, went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a walk-off two-run single in the seventh inning as the Olympians rallied to beat Southwestern 5-3 in a showdown for second place in the PCAC.

Spencer, a freshman from San Diego High, won the 100-meter hurdles in 15.07 and the 400 hurdles in 1:06.39 in the PCAC Track & Field Champions at Mesa College. She helped the Jaguars win the meet title 260-179 over runner-up Mesa.

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