Samantha Schmidt is PCAC Athlete of the Week!

Samantha Schmidt is PCAC Athlete of the Week!


Mesa's Schmidt, Southwestern's Malwitz share award.

San Diego Mesa College swimmer Samantha Schmidt and Southwestern softball catcher Megan Malwitz are Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women's Athletes of the Week for April 3-9.

Schmidt, a freshman from University City High School, won two individual events and was part of a winning relay team as the Olympians' swimming and diving team placed second behind host Riverside City College at the Riverside Invitational.

Schmidt won the 400-yard individual medley in 4:51.88 and the 500 freestyle in 5:24.3 and also swam the anchor leg of the Griffins' 400 freestyle relay team. She has the season's fastest Pacific Coast Athletic Conference times in the 400 IM, 500 free (5:17.35) and 200 IM (2:15.80).

The previous week, Schmidt helped Mesa to a 165-118 victory over Palomar as the Olympians finished the conference dual meet season undefeated.

Malwitz, Southwestern's freshman catcher from Grossmont High School, went 9-for-15 for the week as the second-place Jaguars won four of five games, losing only to perennial conference champion and first-place Palomar.

Malwitz went 1-for 3 with an RBI in a 6-3 victory over Imperial Valley. She was 1-for 2 with a walk, RBI and 1 runs scored in an 11-0 run-rule victory over Mt. San Jacinto. Malwitz was 1-for-3 vs. Palomar. She went 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI in a 5-1 victory over Rio Hondo in the first game of a doubleheader, also throwing a runner out at second base. In the second game of the doubleheader, an 11-1 run-rule win for Grossmont, she went 3-for-4, scored a run and drove in a run.

Honorable mention for the week went to Palomar softball catcher Bailey Romano and Grossmont softball outfielder Katie Schmidt.

Romano, a sophomore from La Costa Canyon High School, singled in a 15-1 run-rule win over San Diego City College and went 3-for-4 with a double as the Comets run-ruled Southwestern for the second time this season, winning 9-1 to take a two-game lead over the Jaguars in the conference race. Then, in back-to-back non-conference losses to state No. 1-ranked and unbeaten Cypress, Romano singled in the first game and slugged a first-inning home run in the second game.

Schmidt, a sophomore out of Valhalla High School, had a 6-for-9 week for Grossmont. In two PCAC games, she went 3-for-3 with a home run, a run scored and five RBIs in a 9-1 run-rule win over Mesa and went 1-for-3 with an RBI in an 8-0 run-rule win over Imperial Valley. In a non-conference loss to Riverside City College, Schmidt was 2-for-3 and scored a run.