Women's Athlete of the Week

 Mesa's Wong, Grossmont's Balinger share PCAC award


APRIL 21, 2014 - San Diego Mesa College swimmer Ian Wong and Grossmont softball player Nicole Balinger are Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women's Athletes of the Week.

PCAC 2013-2014 WOMEN'S ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Apr. 20 Ian Wong, San Diego Mesa
Nicole Balinger, Grossmont
Swim & Dive
Softball
Apr. 13 Katie Dowdy, San Diego City Softball
Apr. 6 Tori Roel, Grossmont Softball
Mar. 30 Gabby Jaramillo, Grossmont
Meghan Shaw, San Diego City
Swim & Dive
Softball
Mar. 23 Kali Pugh, Palomar
Korin Chapman, Southwestern
Softball
Track & Field
Mar. 16 K.K. Fronda, Palomar
Jaella Conway, Grossmont
Softball
Tennis
Mar. 9 Sophia Najera, San Diego Mesa
Jazlyn Hallare, San Diego Mesa
Tennis
Softball
Mar. 2 Maci Lerno, Palomar Softball
Feb. 23 Staci Gregorio, San Diego Mesa
Ariel Bochniak, Southwestern
Basketball
Softball
Feb. 16 Tamara Herring, Mt. San Jacinto
Brianna Leigh-Pink, San Diego City
Basketball
Softball
Feb. 9 Sonia White, Imperial Valley
Alejandra Pantoja,  Mesa
Softball
Swim & Dive
Feb. 2 Maria Torres, San Diego City Basketball
Jan. 26 Gabby Robledo, Southwestern Basketball
Jan. 19 Kaila Britten, Grossmont Basketball
Jan. 12 Mikaela Stanton, Palomar
Jessica Bautista, Grossmont
Basketball
Basketball
Jan. 5 Cora Lopez, Mt. San Jacinto Basketball
Dec. 29 Alex Harris, Southwestern Basketball
Dec. 22 Dachae Evans, Palomar Basketball
Dec. 15 Alex Warren, San Diego City Basketball
Dec. 8 Johnette Brown, Mt. San Jacinto Basketball
Dec. 1 Lauren Hays, Grossmont
Nyaduop Lam, San Diego City
Volleyball
Basketball
Nov. 24 Stephanie Carlson,  Miramar Soccer
Nov. 10 Justine Hamner, Grossmont
Maci Lerno, Palomar
Water Polo
Volleyball
Nov. 3 Bethany Nosko, San Diego Mesa
Makaela Thompson, MiraCosta
Volleyball
Soccer
Oct. 27 Nayeli Davila, San Diego Mesa Water Polo
Oct. 20 Megan Kurz, Grossmont College
Monica Vargas, Imperial Valley
Volleyball
Volleyball
Oct. 13 Ninfa Ramirez, Miramar
Elisa Brooks, San Diego Mesa
Soccer
Soccer
Oct. 6 Grace Hanshaw, San Diego Mesa
Arianna Womack, San Diego Miramar
Cross Country
Water Polo
Sept. 29 Taylor Reaume, San Diego Mesa
Imani Griffin, San Diego City
Volleyball
Volleyball
Sept. 22 Taylor Kushner, Mt. San Jacinto
Elizabeth Stabile, San Diego Mesa
Volleyball
Soccer
Sept. 15 Rudy Leasau, Grossmont
Paulina Salazar, Miramar
Volleyball
Soccer
Sept. 8 Simone Henderson, Grossmont
Angelina Hix, MiraCosta
Volleyball
Soccer
Sept. 4 Sadye Busby, Palomar
Leandra Garlinger, Mt. San Jacinto
Golf
Soccer

Wong, a freshman from Puiching School in Macau, won three individual events and swam on three winning relay teams in the PCAC Championships. She was named PCAC Female Swimmer of the Year.

Wong won the 100-yard individual medley (1:012.48), the 50 breaststroke (30.93 to break a five-year-old conference record) and the 100 breaststroke (1:070). She also swam on winning 400 free relay and 800 free relay teams.

Balinger, a freshman pitcher from El Capitan High School, pitched Grossmont to back-to-back wins over Imperial Valley 3-2 and Mt. San Jacinto 9-4 to clinch second place behind state No. 1-ranked Palomar.

She's won 10 of her last 12 games, with both of those loses at the hands of the defending state champion Comets, one by 1-0.

Honorable mention went to softball players Tiana Houston (San Diego City) and Jessica Thompson (Southwestern).

Houston, a freshman from Chula Vista High School, went 7-for-8 for the week in victories over state No. 11 Saddleback 14-10 and Mt. San Jacinto 4-3. She slugged two deep home runs vs. Saddleback, going 4-for-4 with five homers in her last three games. She's 19-for-23 the last two weeks.

Thompson, the Jaguars' catcher from Steele Canyon High, is on a 14-game hitting streak after going 2-for-3 for the week with five RBIs and two doubles.

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