Players of the week abound

University of Wisconsin athletes reel in awards after strong weekend

Three Wisconsin athletes were awarded Big Ten player of the week honors Monday.

Junior Anna Trinidad earned Big Ten Swimmer of the Week after winning two events and placing second in two others at Arizona last weekend.

Trinidad posted NCAA "B" qualifying times in winning the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.93) and the 400 intermediate medley (4:20.57). She placed second in the 200 backstroke and was part of the second-place 400 freestyle relay.

"Anna swam well throughout the summer and has continued that into the fall," head swimming coach Eric Hansen said. "She has shown that she is willing and capable of taking that next step."

Shaw co-player of the week

Junior Sheila Shaw was selected Big Ten Conference volleyball co-player of the week. It is her first player of the week honor and the second in a row for the Badgers following Jackie Simpson's honor last week.

Shaw tied her career high with 24 kills while leading the Badgers to a 3-2 upset win over the then-No. 2 Minnesota Saturday. The 6-foot-1 middle blocker had five kills in the decisive game five and hit .500 for that period. Shaw also led the Badgers with five block assists and added one service ace and two digs to her totals while hitting .370 against the Gophers.

In a 3-0 win against Iowa on Friday, Shaw put down 10 kills, hit .316 and added three digs and two blocks. On the weekend, Shaw led Wisconsin with 4.25 kills per game, while hitting at a .354 clip.

On the season, the Muskego, Wis., native leads the team with 3.88 kills and 1.37 blocks per game while hitting a team-best .318.

Nick Van Sicklen player of the week

Senior men's soccer tri-captain Nick Van Sicklen was selected as the Big Ten's Offensive Player of the Week. It is the second time Van Sicklen has been honored this season.

Van Sicklen tallied four goals and an assist in games against UW-Green Bay and Michigan State. His two goals against the Spartans put him past former standout Dominic DaPra on Wisconsin's all-time career points list. He is currently fifth with 73 points. With 28 points this year, Van Sicklen is currently eighth all-time in single-season scoring, seven shy of the top five.

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