Rylee Jackson named MEC Freshman of the Year; April Gitzen selected as MEC Coach of the Year

BRIDGEPORT — Fairmont State's Courtney Deem has been named the Mountain East Conference Swimmer of the Year, while West Virginia Wesleyan's Rylee Jackson was tabbed as the league's Freshman of the Year. 

Additionally, West Virginia Wesleyan’s April Gitzen was selected as the conference's Coach of the Year.

Deem, a sophomore from Morgantown, W.Va., is the league's Swimmer of the Year after earning the Freshman of the Year a season ago.

She earned MEC/GMAC Swimmer of the Meet honors for a second-straight year after winning the 200, 500 and 1,000 freestyle events, and runner-up in the 1,650.

She also had the fastest time in the conference in the 200 back and 200 IM during the 2018-19 season. She has a 3.28 grade-point average majoring in graphics design technology.

Jackson, a native of Greensburg, Pa., is the MEC Freshman of the Year competing primarily in sprint freestyle and backstroke events.

She had the top time in the league in the 50 and 100 freestyle, as well as the 100 backstroke, during the 2018-19 season.

She set the school records at the GMAC/MEC Championships in the 50 free (24.02) and 100 free (53.13) taking third and fifth, respectively.

Gitzen directed the Lady Bobcats to their first MEC title in women's swimming with 664.5 points at the GMAC/MEC Championships.

Wesleyan also went 3-0 against MEC opponents in dual competition in 2018-19.

She coached athletes to 19 all-conference performances at the GMAC/MEC Championships in February.


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