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.
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.