Feb. 19, 2014
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -
The University of Wyoming swimming and diving team opened the 2014 Mountain West Championships on Wednesday in the Palo Alto College Pool in San Antonio, Texas. The Cowgirls are tied for fourth-place with New Mexico with 65 points. Nevada is in first after the opening day with 107 points followed by Boise State with 88 points and San Diego State with 80.
"We are sitting better than we were last year, but we have a lot of work to do and we are still in the hunt," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "I feel really good about our times today and we just need to get better each day, because there is a lot of swimming left."
Senior Amanda Fay got the Cowgirls off to a fast start finishing second in the preliminaries of the 1-meter springboard with a score of 293.76. She finished seventh in the final with a tally of 272.52, as she added 12 points to UW's scoring total. Sophomore Kari Campbell finished 14th adding three team points with her score of 241.65.
"It was a good day and we put some team points on the scoreboard and we are really looking forward to tomorrow and putting our faith in mechanics," UW diving coach Yahya Radman said.
The swimmers opened the championships with the 200 medley relay. The team of senior Morgan Hartigan, senior Stephanie Young, sophomore Molly Coonce and sophomore Emily Ridout placed sixth with a time of 1:40.07. The group tallied 26 team points for Wyoming.
"It was not how we wanted to start our day, we honestly thought we would have been a little faster, but it shows how our conference is getting much faster," Johnson added.
The Cowgirls closed out the night in the 800 meter freestyle. The quartet of junior Claudia Carlson, sophomore Keara Chang, senior Leah Roesler and junior Jordan Denny finished seventh at 7:20.25. It was the second fastest time in school history. The team added 24 points for the Cowgirls.
"We swam well, but the conference is super deep and these events showed that tonight," Johnson stated.
The Cowgirls will continue action on Thursday afternoon with the 50 and 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 200 freestyle relay and 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.
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.