SAN ANTONIO, Texas -
The University of Wyoming Cowgirl swimming and diving team opened the 2015 Mountain West Championships on Wednesday in the Palo Alto College Pool in San Antonio, Texas. UW is in fourth place with 71 points after the first day of action. Defending champion Boise State leads the pack with 105 points followed by San Diego State with 98 points and Nevada with 82 points.
"We swam well and had a solid first day and the goal is to be better tomorrow and better at every session," head coach Tom Johnson said. "We are not in too big of a hole and have some chances to make up some ground."
The Cowgirls opened up swimming events with a fourth-place finish in the 200 medley relay with the team of senior Jordan Denny, freshman Maria Harutjunjan, junior Molly Coonce and junior Emily Ridout, as the group clocked in with the second-fastest time in school history at 1:39.27. The team opened the championships with 30 team points for UW.
"The 200 medley relay was a solid swim and Molly and Maria put themselves in good spots for Friday," Johnson said.
The quartet of senior Claudia Carlson, freshman Kelly Sheldon, redshirt junior Emily Stucky and Denny finished sixth in the 800 freestyle relay with the third-fastest mark in UW history at 7:21.31. The group tallied 26 team points for the Cowgirls.
In the diving events, sophomore Keely Bishop led the Cowgirls finishing eighth on the 1-meter springboard with a tally of 239.35. She recorded a mark of 252.90 to reach the finals. Bishop scored 11 team points for the Cowgirls. Junior Kari Campbell finished 13th scoring four team points for the Cowgirls with a score of 226.45 in the consolation finals. She just missed reaching the finals recording a mark of 252.15 in the preliminaries.
"This was Keely first final at a conference meet and that was good for her," UW diving coach Chelsea Popplewell said. "The nerves may have got the best of her, but all together I thought things went well and we will look to improve each day."
The Cowgirls return to action tomorrow afternoon with the 50 and 500 freestyle and the 200 individual medley. The divers will take part in the 3-meter springboard.
Live results, team scores, event highlights and more information for Thursday is available on the MW Women's Swimming & Diving Championship Central page at TheMW.com. In addition, fans can monitor results through the Meet Mobile app on their handheld devices. The Active Network application can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for iPhones and iPads, and from Google Play for Android phones and tablets for nominal fee of 1.99 per month.
The MW Championships features a live webstream of all sessions. The live stream is available on the Mountain West Network. There is no charge for the video streams.