Assfeld named MEC Men’s Swimmer of the Year; Gitzen sweeps MEC Coach of the Year awards


BRIDGEPORT — West Virginia Wesleyan's Arthur Assfeld has been named the Mountain East Conference's Men's Swimmer of the Year, while Fairmont State's Majester Abdul-Jalil was named the conference's Freshman of the Year. Additionally, West Virginia Wesleyan head coach April Gitzen was tabbed as the league's Coach of the Year.

Assfeld, a sophomore from Toul, France, had the fastest time in the conference in four different events (50 free, 100 free, 200 free and 100 backstroke) during the 2018-19 season.

He won the 50 free at the GMAC/MEC Championships to go with a runner-up finish in the 100 free. He was also a member of the 200 freestyle relay team that finished second at the GMAC/MEC Championships, in addition to the 400 and 800 free relay teams that took third. Assfeld has a 3.71 grade-point average majoring in physics.

Abdul-Jalil, a native of Charleston, W.Va., was a four-time MEC Swimmer of the Week in his first season with the Falcons. He also won the 200 breaststroke at the MEC/GMAC Championships establishing a new meet record by 4.37 seconds. He set school records in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events during the year, and also set a new Feaster Center pool record in the 200 breaststroke.

He had the fastest time in the MEC in four events during 2018-19 (50 breaststroke, 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 100 IM).

Gitzen is the Coach of the Year for a second-straight season after leading the Bobcats to the 2019 MEC Men's Swimming championship with 965.5 points at the GMAC/MEC Championships.

She was also selected as the MEC Women’s Coach of the Year as well.

Additionally, West Virginia Wesleyan swept dual competitions against MEC opponents during the 2018-19 season.

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