February 28, 2014
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Matheus Montarroyos of West Virginia Tech has been named the NAIA National Men's Swimmer & Diver of the Month, the national office announced Friday. Montarroyos was selected based on his performances in the month of February. He was chosen out of a pool of candidates nominated by NAIA men’s swimming & diving programs.
Montarroyos, a freshman from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, won the 500-Freestyle at the Appalachian Swimming Conference Championships in Christianburg, Va., on Feb. 14. He also placed in the 200-Freestyle (2nd), 800-Freestyle Relay (6th), 100-Freestyle (7th) and 400-Freestyle Relay (8th) at the event. The freshman was named the Golden Bear Star Performer of the Week (Feb. 19-26) for his efforts. On Feb. 1, Montarroyos won the 1000-Freestyle and the 500-Freestyle at a dual meet against NCAA Division II Davis & Elkins (W. Va.), while helping the team place second in the 200-Freestyle Relay.
On the season, Montarroyos owns the No. 2 time in the NAIA in the 500-Freestyle (4:38.47), the No. 5 time in the 200-Freestyle (1:42.95) and the No. 6 time in the 1000-Freestyle (10:02.58).
Montarroyos is the third and final Men's Swimmer & Diver of the Month for the 2013-14 season. For more information on NAIA Swimming & Diving, click here.
Nominees: Corey Hall, Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); Vitor da Franca, Oklahoma Baptist; Gabriel Phillips, Wayland Baptist (Texas); Ryan Searles, SCAD Savannah (Ga.); Marc Tahull, Cumberlands (Ky.).
2013-14 Men’s Swimmers & Divers of the Month
Dec. 13: Daniel Ramirez, Oklahoma Baptist
Jan. 24: Jacob Anderson, Olivet Nazarene (Ill.)
Feb. 28: Matheus Montarroyos, West Virginia Tech