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Michael Pilyugin, Men's Swimming

Michael Pilyugin, Men's Swimming

The Male Athlete of the Week for the week ending Feb. 21 is men’s swimming senior Michael Pilyugin.

Pilyugin led the Bonnies at the 2016 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship this past weekend. The Bonnies finished second overall in the team standing, with Pilyugin winning three individual events and setting two new conference records.

In the first race of the championship meet, Pilyugin, Preston Schilling, Michael White and Matt Taccard combined to set a new conference mark with a time of 1:28.35 in the 200-yd medley relay.

The Redding, Conn. native also won three individual events. In the 50-yd freestyle, Pilyugin set a new conference record with a winning time of 19.84. In the 100-yd backstroke, the senior tied his own conference record with a time of 47.27 set at last years meet. Pilyugin also won the 200-yd backstroke with a time of 1:28.35.

Pilyugin will now begin his training for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials which will take place June 26-July 3, 2016, at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.